Recent and Featured Outdoors Articles

  • Get on the Bay in Traverse City

    Three ways to get on the waters of Grand Traverse Bay which include parasailing, kiteboarding and sailing on a tall ship replica. Broneah Kiteboarding, Tall Ship Manitou and Traverse City Parasail are profiled.

  • Hike Leland's Whaleback Natural Area

    Just outside Leland, a glacial moraine has been preserved by the Leelanau Conservancy as the Whaleback Natural Area. A 3/4-mile climb up the trail rewards hikers with breathtaking views of Lake Michigan.

  • Explore Lake Bluff Audubon Center

    A visit to the Lake Bluff Audubon Center just north of Manistee, offers beach combing, hiking, wildlife viewing and picnic spots.

  • Going to Grand Island? What To Know

    What to know about getting to and staying the night on Grand Island.

  • Ice by Any Other Name

    The crew of the mighty Icebreaker Mackinaw came up with names for the kinds of ice that clattered against the hull as the ship broke its way through.

  • Traverse Classics: Ski Jumping in the U.P.

    A visit to Ishpeming Ski Club just outside Marquette in the Upper Peninsula finds veterans of ski jumping’s heyday mixing with young kids hoping to be the next Olympic hopeful for the sport.

  • 8 Courses Not to Miss

    A list of eight golf courses, including description of the terrain, the challenges and the amenities available at each. Boyne Highlands, Treetops, Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, Arcadia Bluffs and Shanty Creek are included.

  • I Spy a Surfeit

    Animal group names we don’t know such as a sleuth of bears.

  • That's Ms. Alpha Dog to You

    Profile of Tasha Stielstra, one of the top female mushers in the Midwest. She and her husband own Nature’s Kennel and share what they know about sled dogs and the sport they love.

  • Kayaking the Archipelago of the Gods

    Open-water kayaking adventure paired with the fascinating religious history of Beaver Island and the archipelago.

  • The Bats of Mackinac Island

    A look at why bats love Mackinac Island and why we should be happy they do.

  • Your Day in Central Lake

    A day in Central Lake which includes U-pick orchards, fishing, dining and lodging.

  • Beach Day in Charlevoix

    A day at a Lake Michigan beach in Charlevoix that includes gourmet food, shopping and restaurants.

  • Otter Creek Hike in Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore,

    Details of a gorgeous hike on the Otter Creek loop in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, including a spot to eat at the end of the afternoon.

  • Ludington State Park

    A visit to Ludington State Park includes a tour of Big Sable Point Lighthouse, hiking, biking, beachwalking Lake Michigan and nature of every sort.

  • The Birders of Whitefish Point

    Birders flock to the Whitefish Point Bird Observatory, where more than a third of North America’s roughly 800 bird species have been sighted. In April, the birders might spot a huge cross-section stopping off to rest on their long migrations back North.

  • Bill Thompson: Iceman Climbeth

    An interview with Bill Thompson, avid ice climber in the Upper Peninsula and sponsor of the Michigan Ice Climbing Festival.

  • Keweenaw’s Curious Current

    Description of how weather and current affect kayaking or paddling Lake Superior off the coast of the Keweenaw Peninsula.

  • Skunk Shampoo

    Recipe for Skunk Shampoo.

  • Kayaking Beaver Island's Waters: What to Know

    The logistics of getting to Beaver Island and finding a kayaking guide once you do. Includes books about Beaver Island history and that of the archipelago.