Recent and Featured Outdoors Articles

  • The Mighty Mink Frog

    Turn on your flashlight and go find one of summer’s shyest creatures.

  • Paddling Three Quiet Lakes

    Enjoy an easy evening paddling on one of these four small, uninhabited lakes in Mackinac City, Acme and Wellston and check out the paddling tips.

  • Tour Leelanau’s Cherry Blossoms

    Our orchards are bursting into bloom. Download a Leelanau Conservancy cherry blossom tour map and chart your course for a beautiful day.

  • Trout Live Better in Trees

    Ken Reed tells why big stuff in the river is good for fish.

  • Spring Is Here, Sniff Around

    Where to find sweet smells at this glorious time of year.

  • Hear Frogs Sing Now

    May is the premier time to hear frog song in the North Country.

  • Inside a Windmill Lease

    A new document by Michigan State Extension offers advice to landowners considering a windmill deal.

  • Mike, the Trout King

    Thoughts from the new ruler of our trout realm, Michael Delp.

  • Fishing Forecast for Trout Opener

    Kirk Novak, owner of The Northern Angler, shares his prognostication for the start of Michigan’s trout fishing season.

  • Interview With a Burn Boss

    We talk with Chris Johnson, a burn boss with the United States Forest Service, stationed in Mio.

  • Trumpeting a Return

    The rare trumpeter swan is making a 150-year-long overdue return to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

  • New Rule Helps Keep Lake Invaders Out

    St. Lawrence Seaway tightens rules for ballast water on oceangoing ships to protect the Great Lakes.

  • Spring Romp with Your Pooch

    Take a long-awaited spring hike with your dog.

  • Play in Dirt, Save Native Plants

    Join the Native Plant Rescue to help save the North’s flora.

  • Take Your Turn in the Old Mission Lighthouse

    New lighthouse keeper program allows you to stay in a Great Lakes icon.

  • Geocachers: GPS Shopping

    GPS recommendations from Up North guys in-the-know.

  • Winging it: Sandhill Crane

    Look for skyward for these large and beautiful harbingers of spring.

  • Refusing Spring

    All too often, they wait too long, and their shanties sink to become boats that must be paddled home.

  • Opinion: What to do with Bay Harbor's Contaminated Groundwater

    Jennifer McKay, policy specialist with Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council shares her views of a complex situation.

  • April Rush

    April is the time to see U.P. waterfalls in their most surging, glorious incarnations.