Recent and Featured Outdoors Articles

  • Beach It in Elk Rapids

    Where to go to a Lake Michigan beach and swim in Elk Rapids, as well as spots to eat and shop at before and after the beach.

  • Hiking the Grand Traverse Backcountry

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

  • Six Island Escapes

    Six island escapes in Lake Michigan, each offering its own charms. Included are Drummond Island, Mackinac Island, Republic Island, Isle Royale, Boblo Island, North Manitou island.

  • 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.

  • Sylvania Paddling Resources

    Campgrounds, permits and outfitters for people wanting to canoe, kayak or paddle the Sylvania Wildnerness Area in the Ottawa National Forest.

  • Dragonfly or Damselfly?

    Michigan has 162 different species of odonata, the insect order that includes both dragonflies and damselflies. How do you tell who is who? How do they mate? Here are the answers.

  • Kayaking Lake Superior's Shoreline

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

  • A Layman’s Definition of Invasive Species

    A easily understood description of what an invasive species is.

  • Good Harbor Beach Day

    A beach day at the Good Harbor beach, a part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The day ends with dinner at Trattoria Funistrada.

  • The Zebco 202

    The Zebco 202 is a good fishing rod and reel for both adults and kids going for panfish.

  • 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.

  • Discover Michigan Legacy Art Park

    The 30-acre Michigan Legacy Art Park, located at Crystal Mountain, offers visitors the chance to wander trails that blend art into nature resulting in a stunning stroll through sheer beauty.

  • 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.

  • Pedal Manistee's Big M Trail

    50 miles of trails–26 miles of which is mountain-bike-dedicated single track–make the Big M trail in Manistee County a mountain biker’s dream. Find rentals and read about degree of difficulty.

  • 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.

  • Tom Doak, Traverse City’s Course Whisperer

    Profile of Tom Doak, Traverse City’s nationally-renowned golf course architect, and what’s behind his independent style found in Northern Michigan and throughout the world.

  • Travel Through the Trees

    Five great ways to getaway and surround yourself with trees.

  • Superb Copper Harbor Day Paddles

    Copper Harbor, day-trip along the Lake Superior Coast and on an inland lake, kayaking or paddling.

  • 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.

  • Lazy Day In Frankfort

    A Frankfort day includes shopping, biking, beaches and a sunset at Point Betsie Lighthouse.