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  • Leland Blue Leland Blue, A Way of Life in Northern Michigan

    There are many iconic things that represent the lifestyle of Northern Michigan — sipping a glass of local wine outdoors on a cool night, an evening walk […]

  • Photos by Todd Zawistowski Northern Michigan Sailing on Walloon Lake with Historic “17s”

    The waters of Walloon Lake are rife with Northern Michigan boaters sailing the illustrious 17—a two-person craft steeped in the history of Walloon and surrounding lakes. MyNorth […]

  • Pestoskey was named one of America's Best Beach Towns. Best Beach Towns: Petoskey, Charlevoix, & Harbor Springs

    National Geographic has named Petoskey, Charlevoix, and Harbor Springs as some of America’s best beach towns. Susan O’Keefe, an associate editor at National Geographic Traveler Magazine, calls the Northern […]

  • Top 10 Northern Michigan charter boat captains Top 10 Northern Michigan Charter Boat Captains

    Here are the top 10 Northern Michigan charter boat captains for your next scenic sail or shot at one of Northern Michigan’s favorite sports: fishing. The following winners […]

  • The mouth of the Platte River. Photo by Teri Genovese. Best Northern Michigan Vacation Destinations for Summer Sojourns

    From the beaches of the Sleeping Bear Dunes to the wilderness of the Upper Peninsula, the most splendid Northern Michigan vacation destinations are only a short road […]

  • Swimmer's itch in Northern Michigan lakes How to Avoid Swimmer’s Itch in Northern Michigan Lakes

    Swimmer’s itch is a perennial problem for kids at Northern Michigan beaches, but there are a few simple steps to keep the itching and scratching at bay […]

  • Photo courtesy of Michigan DNR The Plentiful Perks of the Michigan Recreation Passport

    If you’re wondering how to take full advantage of Northern Michigan’s outdoors by camping, fishing, boating, hiking, or biking, there is one tool that can grant you […]

  • Lake Superior at Isle Royale National Park Summer Outdoor Northern Michigan Travel Ideas

    Here are 4 fun Northern Michigan travel ideas that will take you through Northern Michigan’s outdoors. Camp, kayak, ride or fly—these ideas will have you vacationing across […]

  • Nauti-Cat Catamaran on Grand Traverse Bay Special Nauti-Cat Cruise: Sailing for Survivors

    The Nauti-Cat—a large catamaran that sails across West Grand Traverse Bay in Traverse City—is well-known for being a good time, but on Sunday, July 27th, the boat […]

  • Crystal Mountain's outdoor pool. Photo by Crystal Mountain. Northern Michigan Pools and Splash Pads for Kids

    Sometimes a Northern Michigan beach just won’t cut it for the kids, especially in the midst of their summer vacation in Northern Michigan. For kids (and maybe […]

  • Photo by the Chicago Yacht Club 106th Race to Mackinac Comes to Close

    Lead competitors in the Race to Mackinac, the oldest annual freshwater boating distance race in the world, concluded their 290-mile run from Navy Pier in Chicago to […]

  • Northern Michigan fishing Simple Tips for Northern Michigan Fishing in the Summer

    Having a successful Northern Michigan fishing outing doesn’t take a lot of equipment or much experience on the water, it just takes a little know-how to find […]

  • Northern Michigan Fishing DNR: 19 Million Fish Stocked for Northern Michigan Fishing

    The DNR’s Fisheries Division stocked a total of 19,382,390 fish in Michigan lakes and rivers, which is good news for fans of Northern Michigan fishing and boating. […]

  • Photo by Kris Riley Video: The Village of Empire, Michigan

    The small village of Empire, Michigan has a lot to boast about, from its beautiful beach to its status as the capital of the Sleeping Bear Dunes […]

  • Northern Michigan diving Thunder Bay Wrecks near Alpena a Northern Michigan Diving Destination

    The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary is an unlikely Northern Michigan attraction filled with ill-fated boats: Forty-five known shipwrecks, and possibly a hundred more, lie beneath the […]

  • Photo courtesy of Yen Yoga. 5 Reasons to Try Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga from Yen Yoga in Traverse City

    Stand-up paddleboard yoga from Yen Yoga in Traverse City is a unique Northern Michigan outdoor activity that connects participants with their bodies and the water around them. To find […]

  • The Mackinac Island State Harbor 2014 Bayview Mackinac Race Concludes

    The fastest boats competing in the 2014 Bayview Mackinac Race have already entered the harbor at Mackinac Island, and boats will continue to trickle in through Monday, […]

  • The hull of the boat delivered to Alanson.  Photo provided by IWRHS. Help the Inland Water Route Historical Society’s Launch Project

    Give back to the The Inland Water Route Historical Society of Alanson (IWRHS), which is aiming to complete a project that will help visitors and locals fully […]

  • beach Top 10 Northern Michigan Beaches

    Here are the top 10 Northern Michigan beaches to visit for your next picnic, bonfire, or dip into the water. The following winners were determined by more than […]

  • Northern Michigan kids beach safety Northern Michigan Kids Beach Safety

    Northern Michigan beaches are a highlight of a summer Up North, but powerful rip currents, harmful rays from the sun and lack of hydration can cause a beach […]