Recent and Featured Outdoors Articles

  • Free Michigan Camping? Here’s How.

    This may be your recipe for a perfect summer vacation.

  • Golf The Traverse City Great Ones

    Overview of golf courses in and around Traverse City including Jack Nicklaus’ The Bear, Gary Player’s The Wolverine and Tom Doak’s High Pointe.

  • The Violet

    The characteristics of the violet and how to identify them in the woods.

  • Paddle Still Waters

    Canoe, paddle or kayak these three inland lakes.

  • Hop the Ferry to South Manitou Island

    Hop the ferry out of Leland to South Manitou island where you can hike, learn about the history, hit the beach and camp.

  • The Beach at the Headlands

    A description of The Headlands, a 600-acre natural area outside of Mackinaw City that offers hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and a gorgeous stretch of beach.

  • The Secret to Getting Your Fish Off the Hook

    The secret to getting a fish off the hook.

  • Dune Wonder

    Varied dune ecology can be found in Grand Sable Dunes, Sleeping Bear Dunes and Nordhouse Dunes, including pitcher’s thistle, piping plover and wolf spider.

  • Hike to a Swimming Hole

    Trails in Antrim, Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore and Traverse City where you can hike to a place to swim.

  • Wendy Wagoner, Savior of Native Plants

    Interview with Wendy Wagoner who helped establish the Eastern Upper Peninsula Northern Wild Plant and Seed Cooperative: to promote, propagate and protect native plants.

  • Bike Bois Blanc

    Description of a day biking the island of Bois Blanc including food for the ferry ride and a burger on the island.

  • Lake Michigan’s Vanishing Shrimp

    Throughout the Great Lakes bottomland, the diporeia, a key piece of the food chain, is disappearing. Scientists try to discover why.

  • One-of-a-kind Courses

    Golf courses that stand out as unique including Audubon International’s seal of approval, bonus 19th holes, a course on a battlefield and 18 bent grass greens on an executive putting course.

  • Hepatica acutiloba

    Description of the early bloomer, Hepatica acutiloba.

  • Easily Transport Your Canoe or Kayak

    Gear for canoe, paddle or kayak.

  • Kayak The Crystal River

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

  • Seduced by the U.P.’s Sylvania

    A canoe trip through the Sylvania Wilderness Area of the Ottawa National Forest, including Clark Lake, Crooked Lake and Florence Lake.

  • Finding A Fish

    Techniques for finding where fish hang out in lakes and rivers.

  • 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.

  • Backpack Towel

    A quick-drying towel to carry in your backpack.