Recent and Featured Outdoors Articles

  • Keweenaw’s Castaway Islands

    Birding and conservation organizations care for two islands off the coast of the Keweenaw Peninsula.

  • Ways to the Water

    A list of great ways to get on the water, from sailing on a tall ship to canoeing, fly-fishing to water park thrills. The list covers Manistee, Traverse City, Gaylord, Harbor Springs and Boyne Falls.

  • Hike Little Traverse

    Three hikes offer breathtaking landscapes and solitude, often just a few moments away from Petoskey and Harbor Springs.

  • Fish The Au Sable River

    A description of how and where to fish the Au Sable River’s Holy Waters, near Gaylord.

  • ski sleeping bear Three Trails for Cross Country Skiing in Sleeping Bear Dunes

    Snowshoe and cross-country ski the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

  • Bike the Tart Trail

    A day trip on the TART (Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation) Trail, which winds through neighborhoods, past shops and restaurants and arrives at the shores of Grand Traverse Bay.

  • Escape to Sturgeon Bay north of Harbor Springs

    A beach day turns into a road-trip including M-119’s Tunnel of Trees, Leg’s Inn, Cross Village and Wilderness State Park, north of Harbor Springs.

  • Cruise The Straits

    Hop on an Arnold Line ferry for a guided tour of the Mackinac Straits, complete with history, local lore and spectacular vistas and sunsets.

  • Beach Reads

    Great beach reads recommended by The Bookstore in Frankfort and the Traverse staff.

  • The Tunnel of Trees

    Road trip through M-119 Tunnel of Trees, north out of Harbor Springs, including where to eat, hike and pull over for gorgeous views.

  • Winter Science: The Subnivean Zone

    Animals long ago discovered how to use the subnivean zone, a place near the earth that take advantage of the insulating nature of snow. A look at how wildlife uses this zone as well as how to take advantage yourself.

  • Panfish Primer

    The simple pleasure and calm to a hook, a line, a bobber and an inland lake that is shared throughout the generations.

  • Snowy Slopes in Petoskey and Harbor Springs

    Snowy activities in Petoskey and Harbor Springs including skiing, snowshoeing and sled dog rides.

  • How to Identify Poison Ivy

    How to identify poison ivy.

  • Hiking the Grand Traverse Backcountry

    Hikes in Sand Lakes Quiet Area, Keystone Rapids Trail and the old State Hospital, paired with dining options.

  • Please Eat the Violets

    Pick violets in the northern woods and create edible treats. Includes recipes and the science of the violet.

  • Bike the Trail from Petoskey to Harbor Springs

    Rent a bike and hop on the bike trail that runs between Petoskey and Harbor Springs. Includes options for kids, families, as well as places to eat and drink.

  • Do The Sleeping Bear Dunes

    Climb the Dune Climb, hike the Dunes Trail or just picnic at this popular attraction of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

  • Hooking a Smallmouth Bass

    Tips and gear for hooking smallmouth bass and three lakes in Northern Michigan where fisherman will find them.

  • Kayaking Lake Superior's Shoreline

    Kayaking the Lake Superior coastline along the Keweenaw Peninsula, full adventure, challenge and stunning vistas.