Recent and Featured Outdoors Articles

  • Snowy Slopes in Petoskey and Harbor Springs

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

  • Hepatica acutiloba

    Description of the early bloomer, Hepatica acutiloba.

  • Hiking the Grand Traverse Backcountry

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

  • Kayak The Crystal River

    Paddle, kayak, canoe or tube the gentle current of the Crystal River in Glen Arbor.

  • 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.

  • 3 Ways to One-of-a-kind Camping

    Three ways to spend the night in one of Michigan’s State forests and parks, including teepees and campgrounds in Twin Lakes State Park and Fife Lake State Forest.

  • Our Endangered Dragonfly

    Experts from around the country gather in one mucky patch of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to unravel the mystery of the Hines emerald dragonfly.

  • Kayaking Lake Superior's Shoreline

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

  • Mapping the Diporeia Vanishing Point

    Maps shows that while diporeia have existed in Lake Michigan for 11,000 years, they are nearly gone in the course of a decade.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Sylvania Paddling Resources

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Superb Copper Harbor Day Paddles

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

  • A Layman’s Definition of Invasive Species

    A easily understood description of what an invasive species is.