Recent and Featured Outdoors Articles

  • A Layman’s Definition of Invasive Species

    A easily understood description of what an invasive species is.

  • scenic drive Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive in the Sleeping Bear Dunes

    The Pierce Stocking Drive, located within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, provides a gorgeous scenic drive, beautiful lookouts over Lake Michigan and North Bar Lake and a lovely, short hike on the Cottonwood Trail.

  • The Tree Doctors Are In

    Gary and Megan Kuhlman are tree doctors, devoted to diagnosing and treating, if possible, diseased trees including white pines, birch, oaks as well as ashes infected with emerald ash borer.

  • Bask on Manistee's First Street Beach

    Wander the Manistee Riverwalk to the First Street Beach on the shores of Lake Michigan. Open the picnic you bought in town, play volleyball, read or bask in the sun.

  • Into the Belly of the Ballast

    Venture down into the bowels of a 656-foot ocean freighter with four leading experts in aquatic invasive species as they test the ballast water in an effort to seal off a devastating pathway.

  • Paddle Little Traverse Bay

    Gear and outfitters for paddling, canoeing, kayaking Little Traverse Bay in Harbor Springs.

  • Ludington's Big Lake Fishing

    30-pound king salmon can be found in the waters of Lake Michigan and charter boat captains out of Ludington’s port can help you snag one.

  • mackinac island skiing A Mackinac Island Ski Getaway

    Mackinac Island in winter offers serenity, beauty and adventure on this cross-country ski vacation.

  • Travel Through the Trees

    Five great ways to getaway and surround yourself with trees.

  • 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.

  • Kiteboarding Lake Michigan with the Broneah Brothers

    Profile of the Broneah Brothers, Keegan and Matt Myers, who kiteboard on Lake Michigan and teach others how to do the same.

  • 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.

  • 3 Ways to Soar on a Summer Breeze

    Three ways to soar through the skies of Northern Michigan including skydiving, parasailing or paragliding and hot air balloon rides.

  • Beach Reads

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

  • Disappearing Bees

    Honeybees are abandoning their hives and vanishing in something called Colony Collapse Disorder.

  • 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.

  • 10 Reasons to Love Benzie and the West Shore

    Top 10 attractions and vistas to see in Benzie County and the West Shore of Michigan, down through Pentwater.

  • Hiking the Grand Traverse Backcountry

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