Friday: Outdoors

Gauging the greenery

NEGAUNEE — A field guide came in handy on Saturday when professional and amateur conservationists performed a botany survey at the Vielmetti-Peters Conservation Reserve in Negaunee Township. The reserve was donated by the Vielmetti-Peters family in 2016 to benefit the public and the ...

Heading into nature an exercise in passion

“The map of my heart looks a lot like yours from the one-way streets to the old detours to the dark dead ends with their missing signs” — Mary Chapin Carpenter Whether using the stars to plot our course, a chart scrolled away in a fading memory, the wonder of the satellites, a good old ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Ontonagon: Had good lake trout fishing when trolling spoons in 20 to 60 feet. • Keweenaw Bay: Coho, steelhead, splake and browns were caught when trolling spoons and stick baits along the shoreline or in the top 50 in 100 to 200 feet. Those jigging for lake trout had ...

50 states marathons

MARQUETTE — For many people, running one marathon is tough. Running one in every U.S. state — remember, there are 50 of them — is positively brutal. Well, maybe not for everybody. Christina VandeZande, 52, has that ambitious goal. She is a member of the 50 States Marathon Club, whose ...

Father’s Day: Time together beyond valuable

“I’ve long since retired and my son's moved away. I called him up just the other day. I said, ‘I'd like to see you if you don't mind.’ He said, ‘I'd love to, dad, if I could find the time.’” — Sandy and Harry Chapin Having trouble figuring out what to give your dad for ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Lake Gogebic: The walleye bite has slowed a bit, however, those trolling were still getting a few fish on crawler harnesses and crank baits. The smallmouth action picked up for those using stick baits and jigging around structure. A few smaller pike were caught. Those ...

MARIGOLD MANIA

NEGAUNEE — Who couldn’t use a little more yellow in their lives? Negaunee’s Miners Park just got a big dose of that color when fourth-graders from nearby Lakeview Elementary School planted marigolds they raised in the school greenhouse. The planting was part of the annual Marigold ...

Outdoors North: Birds can be an avenue to explore outdoors

“And when you look into her eyes, you see what you want, when everything was undone, every field was open nothing was impossible yet, for the kid with the butterfly net.” — Graham Parker During a recent traveling conversation, the confessional voice of a 12-year-old rolled up over the ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Ontonagon: Fishing picked up for lake trout in 5 to 25 feet. Anglers also caught salmon, brown trout and steelhead. Lake Gogebic: Anglers caught walleye by casting, trolling, jigging and drifting natural or artificial lures. Live bait included minnows, leeches and ...

DNR education programs connect people to outdoors

MARQUETTE — In Michigan, you’re never more than an hour's drive from a state park or recreation area. As the millions of annual visitors to our state parks and recreation areas know, these places offer an abundance of ways to enjoy the outdoors, from hiking and biking to swimming and ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula ≤ Marquette: Limits of lake trout were caught near the white rocks and Granite Island in 200 feet or more. A few coho and brown trout were taken at Shot Point. Water temperatures were still very cold at 38 degrees. ≤ Menominee River: The musky bite was fair to good with ...

Outdoors North: Of trucks and trout: Finding peace in U.P.

“Dear Dad, don't get mad, what I'm asking for is by the next semester can I get another car?” — Chuck Berry It was a rainy, cold Saturday afternoon when the engine on the old pickup turned over for its last ride into the woods. Like it had been through much of its working life, the ...

MORE THAN JUST WOULD-BE FARMLAND

MARQUETTE — Perhaps one of the most underrated habitat types in our great nation is the grassland. For a country with deep agricultural roots, grasslands are sometimes viewed as farmland that just hasn’t been planted yet. Grasslands, however, are so much more than empty fields. Grasslands ...

Outdoors North: Trout Creek area has plenty to offer

“Well I was born in a small town, and I can breathe in a small town. Gonna die in this small town and that’s probably where they’ll bury me.” – John Mellencamp Just inside the Ontonagon-Houghton county line, situated along Mill Pond Road, is a small dam across Trout Creek — a ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula Marquette: Lake trout were caught near White Rocks and Granite Island. A few coho were caught at Shot Point but activity for them in the harbors was slow with only one or two fish per angler. Anglers targeting coho, browns and steelhead by trolling stickbaits saw success ...

Labor of love

GRAND ISLAND — HistoriCorps, the national nonprofit dedicated to preserving historic structures on public lands, is recruiting volunteers to restore Mather-Klauer Lodge on Grand Island. Mather-Klauer Lodge is located a half-mile offshore from Munising. The island has been inhabited for ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula ≤ Keweenaw Bay: The bite was slow and was most likely because there was no shortage of baitfish as large schools of smelt were in the bay. The fish were actively feeding but anglers did manage to catch a couple coho and splake in 150 to 200 feet. A few 15 inch chinook and a ...

Outdoors North: Find your personal ‘Green River’ in U.P.

“Up at Cody’s camp I spent my days with flat car riders and cross-tie walkers.” — John Fogerty Human connections to the spectacular and mysterious wonders of the natural world are certainly well-established across the ages and the globe. Primitive peoples faithfully watched the ...

Tracking brookies: NMU student wins foundation grant

By CHRISTIE BLECK Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — The Rock River might look a little different in the coming weeks. The Greater Lake Superior Foundation recently awarded the 2017 Coaster Brook Trout Research Grant to Jacob Bowman, a graduate biology student at Northern Michigan ...

Visit to U.P. lake consummate fishing experience

“Sixteen miles to seven lakes way up among the pines; in some hidden valley where the twirling river twines.” — Gordon Lightfoot When we pulled around the corner of this quiet country road that bent toward the lake, the gravel crunched loudly under our tires. The sound echoed sharply ...