Recent and Featured Outdoors Articles

  • TVM0312_SKYDIVE15 Skydive Harbor Springs

    Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine contributor Kate Bassett introduces us to the man who’s more afraid of a desk than of leaping out of a plane: Charlevoix native […]

  • Ice shanties on Houghton Lake, Michigan. DNR: Remove Ice Fishing Shanties by Saturday, March 15th

    For anglers yearning for open-water fishing, a recent announcement from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources marks a step in the right direction: the DNR has announced […]

  • Update: Only One Hour Left to Donate to Nothern Michigan Conservation Groups

    Ladies and gentlemen, the “The $10,000 Charity Thing” is nearing a photo-finish for the first place spot, with the Leelanau Conservancy now edging out the estimable “Keep […]

  • RS43304_DSC_1007 Eyeware Commercial to Be Filmed in Petoskey

    On March 10th, Petoskey was named the victor of Native Eyeware’s 2014 “Locals Only Project,” a competition to decide which of 5 US towns would provide the […]

  • Leelanau Trail bicyclists TART Trails Safe Despite Supreme Court Decision Limiting Rails to Trails

    Fans of Michigan’s rails-to-trails networks were shaken Monday, March 10, when the United States Supreme Court handed down a ruling that gave victory to a landowner, the […]

  • beach-IMG_1727 Four Hikers Complete Trek to Manitou Island

    For four Northern Michigan amateur explorers, hiking an ice-covered Manitou Passage—the 8-mile stretch of Lake Michigan water separating Pyramid Point from the Manitou Islands—was a lifelong goal […]

  • Emerald Ash Borer and Other Invasives Great Lakes Freezing: Emerald Ash Borer and Other Invasives

    According to the United States Department of Agriculture, Emerald Ash Borer has been found in 22 states nationwide, including Michigan.  The insect can infest and kill a […]

  • Boyne Moutain's Winter Resort Boyne Mountain’s Carnival Weekend

    Get ready for the biggest and best spring celebration in Northern Michigan: Boyne Mountain’s Carnival Weekend.  From Friday, March 14th to Sunday, March 16th, experience a fun-filled […]

  • Sleeping Bear Dunes Wilderness, Manitou Islands Sleeping Bear Dunes Wilderness Legislation, What’s It Mean to Visitors?

    As soon as President Obama signs the wilderness bill that the House passed on March 4 (the Senate passed the companion bill in June 2013), 32,500 acres […]

  • DNRunnamed1 Spring Fishing Safety Tips and Updates

    With spring only a few, seemingly-endless weeks away, the ice coating Northern Michigan lakes will steadily wane away.  Here are a few spring fishing tips from the […]

  • St-Pats-JJC-1 Fairs, Festivals and Holidays in March

    Ladies and gentlemen, get out your green: it’s a countdown to St. Patrick’s day!  Here’s a list of fairs, festivals, and holidays in March that all celebrate […]

  • 4edit Ice Caves Update: Aerial Photographs

    The ice caves off of Leelanau County’s western shoreline were a fleeting phenomenon: accommodating weather afforded thousands of sight-seers the opportunity to see the ice formations, but […]

  • Brewski5 Shanty Creek and Boyne Highlands Feature Microbrews at Weekend Events

    This March, drop the kids off at the chairlift and enjoy a fine, Northern Michigan-made craft brew at a weekend event at Shanty Creek or Boyne Highlands. […]

  • Gray wolf MyNorth Classic: Return of Michigan Wolves

    This story, which explores the early years of reintroducing gray wolves to Northern Michigan, first ran in the February 2001 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine. Once […]

  • Hike, Ride, and Imbibe at Suds and Snow in Traverse City

    On Saturday, March 8th, hike, ride, and imbibe at Suds and Snow in Traverse City, an outdoor winter festival celebrating music, craft beer, and everybody’s favorite precipitation—snow. […]

  • The Bear #8 Golf Packages from Grand Traverse Resort

    We know you’ve already started polishing your clubs, and that the batteries are charged in the newest golf gadgets you got for Christmas.  The only thing left […]

  • slsuh750-x-440-slush-cup Events at Shanty Creek in March and April

    A line-up of late winter events at Shanty Creek in March and April offer a variety of wintery entertainment.  When it comes to winter events, Shanty Creek […]

  • tvm-curling-08-t Curling in Northern Michigan: Rock and a Cold Place

    Out in Lewiston, past the sealed-up summer cottages that wait under the inky shadow of pines, past the trailer of snowmobiles for sale, past the town bakery-beer-bait shop, the devout find their sanctuary. Of curling

  • RS48385_Glen Haven 2 038-lpr Great Lakes Freezing: Botulism in Lake Michigan off Sleeping Bear Dunes

    Since 2010, the United States Geological Survey and the National Park Service have cooperated on a study aimed at diagnosing the spread of botulism within Great Lakes […]

  • Ruffed grouse in winter. Winter Survival Strategies for a Grouse, a Weasel and a Flea

    We take a look at two animals and an insect for clues to how life in the wild makes it through a long, cold winter in Northern […]