Recent and Featured Outdoors Articles

  • 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:

  • Bike Mackinac Island’s Interior

    Sneak away from Mackinac Island’s downtown to discover what made this island a tourist heaven in the first place.

  • One Persnickety Bird

    Trees too short.
    Trees too tall.
    Trees too thick.
    Trees too thin.
    Oh, Kirtland’s.
    Is there no pleasing you?

  • Ride at Traverse City’s Ranch Rudolf

    Take a trail ride on a chestnut mare, play in the river, then head into town and chow down on some homestyle cookin’.

  • Guided Trips: Wonders of Eastern U.P.

    Guided outdoor adventures in the Eastern U.P.

  • Relight the South Manitou Light

    After 50 years the beautiful beacon will shine again.

  • Thoughts on a Bio-blitz and More

    This August, the University of Michigan Biological Station is hosting events celebrating 100 years of research at the camp near Pellston. To share in the festivities, Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine is publishing a feature article about the camp in the August issue and is inviting people to share memories and thoughts about the camp on our website (see bottom of page). To get things started, we are publishing essays by staff and students who helped inventory the hundreds of species living at the University of Michigan Biological Station during a three-day event called a bio-blitz.

  • Beach Us Maximus

    Five Fabulous Swaths of Lake Michigan Sand

  • Beyond S’mores

    6 easy, tasty campfire recipes for those longing for an alternative to the S’more.

  • Horse Shows By the Bay

    Spy Coast Farm Sponsors First Grand Prix at 2008 Horse Shows by the Bay in Williamsburg, just outside Traverse City.

  • 10 Insider Picks for the Sleeping Bear Dunes

    10 top picks for trails, beaches, views, history and more in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

  • What is sand made of?

    A closer look at the stuff that makes our beaches beautiful.

  • Easy, Memorable Traditions for Every Summer

    27 ways to soak up summer’s sublime moments.

  • TC Beach Day

    Escape the hot streets of Traverse City at these great beaches, where the surf and seagulls croon a lazy daytime lullaby.

  • Ride Traverse City’s Tart Trail

    Take a smooth spin through Traverse City on this 11-mile paved pathway.