Recent and Featured Outdoors Articles

  • Wind Gusher?

    Wind turbines in the Great Lakes could make Michigan a serious contender in the wind power industry says a recent study by Michigan State University.

  • Salmon Running!

    Chinook salmon swim by the thousands out of Lake Michigan and up T.C.’s Boardman River to spawn in nearly the exact location they were born.

  • Wolves Back on Endangered Species List

    Federal court says the administration cannot yet remove Midwest wolves from protected status.

  • Marking Time

    Buoys come out in October, go back in in spring.

  • Traverse City Fall Adventures

    Discover what there is to do in autumn Up North at the Traverse City Convention and Visitors Bureau exhibit, “Fall Color Adventures.”

  • What’s Up With the Wood Turtle?

    Not much is known about this humble reptile that lives in forests and rivers–but Professor Lewis and his students are out to change that.

  • Bragging Rights: Isle Royale’s Silence

    Isle Royale, in Lake Superior, named one of five quietest national parks.

  • Checking in with: Colleen Masterson @ Traverse City's New Nature Center

    Meet Colleen Masterson, new education director at the Grand Traverse Conservation District’s cool new center.

  • Adopt-a-Beach 2008: Help Wanted

    Head to your favorite Great Lakes beach on September 20 and make it even better.

  • Paddle & Leisure on the Sturgeon River

    Let the color season unfold on the Sturgeon River from your canoe or kayak and then curl up at a perfect fall color lodge.

  • Boot Camp at Keweenaw’s Mt. Bohemia

    Shape up at this pre-ski season boot camp in the Upper Peninsula’s Keweenaw. Trail runs, kayak, yoga and more mean shaping up for ski season has never been so fun!

  • Bill McKibben Comes to Traverse City

    The nationally renown expert on climate change shows Northern Michigan how to help fight global warming.

  • Do It Now: Les Cheneaux Kayak Weekend

    This 36-island archipelago near Hessel and Cedarville has what you need for an unforgettable watery weekend away.

  • Parks in Focus: Connecting Youth to Nature through Photography

    Eleven downstate teens, four days, hundreds of miles of Upper Peninsula nature to photograph. Check out the results.

  • Get Up and Paddleboard

    The stand-up paddleboard craze has come ashore in the Great Lakes, beach boys and girls.

  • camping on lake michigan Coastal Camping on Lake Michigan and Beyond

    Ahh, September. Crowds leave; warmth stays. Time to score on those sweet, finally-available campsites right by a big-lake shore. Here are five we’d recommend to our friends.

  • The Grandest Isle: A Lake Superior Get-Away

    Grand Island’s big beauty,big quiet and big trails can be all yours in one itty-bitty weekend on Lake Superior.

  • In the Wolf’s Jaw on Lake Superior

    Kayaking Lake Superior is an adventure that never lets you down. Just don’t expect to get where you planned to go when you strike out from Keweenaw.

  • Beachcomb for Lake Superior Agates

    The beaches at Grand Marais are excellent hunting grounds for the ancient Lake Superior agate, a semi-precious stone made up of concentric circles of microcrystaline quartz reddened by iron. Here’s the lowdown on what you’re seeking.

  • Rent a Canoe in Traverse City, Petoskey and Beyond

    A canoe is perhaps the most versatile watercraft in the world
    for still-water and river fishing, and in Northern Michigan there’s no shortage of places to rent the classic craft. For the best online source of Michigan canoe rentals, check out michiganpaddle In the meantime, here are some good options: