Recent and Featured Outdoors Articles

  • Lightning Illuminations

    Stuff you (probably) don’t know about sky bolts.

  • Mystery of the Wrinkled Fingers

    Why swimming makes your digits weird.

  • That Busy Beaver: Hard Worker, Small Brain

    One amazing–and large–rodent.

  • Summer Vacation: Kayak Les Cheneaux

    Les Cheneaux travel

  • See the New Hybrid Boat

    CraigCat’s earth-friendly hybrid boat makes its debut at the Bay Harbor’s In-Water Boat Show this weekend.

  • Explore Thorne Swift Nature Preserve

    Look for wood thrush and whitetail deer as you hike the shady forest of this beautiful preserve north of Harbor Springs, bordering Little Traverse Bay.

  • Sleeping Bear Dunes

    Lie on a sublime beach, then hike to an unforgettable dune overlook—just part of your day at the iconic Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

  • H2O and Your Bod

    Keep happy and hydrated outdoors.

  • Keeping It Country

    Can crops co-exist with homes?

  • Controversy over Michigan's Water Withdrawal Bill

    Battle continues in effort to do what’s right by Michigan’s waters.

  • Nature Watch: Hummingbirds

    These fuel-guzzling hummers are buzzing back to the North this month.

  • 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.