Recent and Featured Outdoors Articles

  • 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
    sports.com. 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.