Friday: Outdoors

Bill clarifies Michigan Receational Passport coverage

A bill recently introduced in the Michigan House of Representatives would expand the stated uses for state Recreation Passports, clarifying that holders can use the permits to access designated state forest campgrounds and trailheads along with state parks and boat launches. The bill was ...

Paws in the parks: Michigan state parks offer pet-friendly solutions

NEGAUNEE — As travel trends change, recreational vehicles get larger and modern technologies come to campgrounds, one thing has not changed: love for family pets and including them in daily activities and even vacations. However, traveling with pets can pose several questions. Where do you ...

Outdoors North

“You feel there’s no way to go on and life is just a sad, sad song, but love is bigger than us all, the end is not the end at all.” — Willie Nelson/Buddy Cannon The ground at this place is littered with golden frail catkins, fallen from the white birch trees, blown here by the wind. ...

Remember your actions can affect bear movement

It’s pretty impressive to think a black bear can find a meal about anywhere in the forest — food is not the limiting factor for bear locations, a Michigan Department of Natural Resources press release states “Bear, like other wildlife, are smart and make finding food their job,” said ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Munising: Boat anglers took fair catches of Chinook and coho salmon in Trout Bay and west of Grand Island. Most are trolling in shallow waters less than 20 feet deep between 2 and 2.5 mph. A few lake trout were caught in 130 to 150 feet around Wood Island. Water ...

Wildlife discoveries

MARQUETTE — Sunday was an “epic day” for Ryne Rutherford the ornithologist and Ryne Rutherford the botanist, as he called himself on Facebook. That was the day he found a rare plant — a New York fern — along with a loggerhead shrike, which is unusual for the region. Rutherford and ...

Outdoors North

“Green, green it’s green they say on the far side of the hill; green, green, I’m going away to where the grass is greener still.” — Barry McGuire, Randy Sparks The clouds rolled in over the treetops, dark and purple. The buds on the trees — yellowish-green and twisted tight — ...

Finding his passion

TRAVERSE CITY — Zander Cabinaw wants to litter Grand Traverse Bay — with kayakers, canoeists and stand-up paddle boarders, that is. The Williamsburg teen is inviting paddlers and others to show their support for the Great Lakes at the first Great Lakes Floatila on East Grand Traverse Bay. ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Lac Vieux Desert: Panfish anglers continue to see a good number of crappie, bluegills and sunfish in the shallows. The action was fast and furious using artificial or natural baits but be prepared to do some sorting. Perch anglers did decent but the fish are moving around ...

Powell Township students hike the North Country Trail

MARQUETTE — What in blue blazes was going on with the Powell Township School bus at the Little Garlic River parking lot off Marquette County Road 550 Tuesday morning? It wasn’t a typical bus stop. Instead, it was part of the annual Powell Township School hike for fifth- through ...

Outdoors North

“I’ve got two tickets to paradise, won’t you pack your bags we’ll leave tonight.” — Eddie Money If you climb the narrow pine-needled path between the cracks in that ancient rock face, you soon reach the top. There, the surface of the boulder is flat and smooth, it seems like a ...

Gone fishin’

UPPER PENINSULA Marquette: Fishing has started to pick as anglers were taking a good mix of Chinook, coho, brown trout and steelhead. The best fishing was between the Carp River and the Chocolay River in 10 to 20 feet with small spoons or body baits. A few splake and suckers were still being ...

Waterfowl supported

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Duck Hunters Association, in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, has introduced the 2018 special Governor’s Edition Michigan duck stamp and print. The Governor’s Edition Michigan duck stamp and print feature a pair of American wigeons ...

Outdoors North: Search for beaver tops long day

“Do you care what's happening around you; do your senses know the changes when they come.” — John Denver Kicking my boot heels along the soggy dirt road, I came to a place that evening where the sunlight was bright in my eyes, blocking out much of the visual scene. But through the ...

Gone fishin’

UPPER PENINSULA • Little Bay De Noc: Surface water temperatures were about 48 degrees. Perch fishing was fair to good in the northern parts of the Bay with minnows, wigglers and crawlers in 32 feet. Shore anglers caught smallmouth bass along the Ford River when casting spinners, plastics or ...

High ‘Stannard’ of living

MARQUETTE — In 1835, Capt. Charles C. Stannard blew off course in a storm and discovered a reef 25 miles off the Keweenaw Peninsula in Lake Superior. Forty-seven years later in 1882, a lighthouse that became known as Stannard Rock was built. Now automated, Stannard Rock, which the ...

Outdoors North

“Where have all the flowers gone, long time passing.” — Pete Seeger Rolling through the bucolic countryside on some forgotten copper-claim byway I glanced over my shoulder as I crested a small hill. When I saw what I saw I pulled the car into the crunching gravel at the side of the ...

Outdoors North: Spring sparks memories of times gone by

“Did you hear ’em talkin’ about it on the radio, did you try to read the writing on the wall.” — John Fogerty The warm gusty afternoon winds were flipping and spinning dead leaves high into the skies above the little schoolhouse. Dirt was blowing across the parking lot and down the ...

Be ready to ride

GWINN — Operating an off-highway motorcycle or off-road vehicle can be tricky enough for adults. To help youths become accustomed to this type of outdoor activity, the Forsyth Snowmobile Club and the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday hosted an OHV/ORV safety education course ...

Gone fishin’

UPPER PENINSULA Little Bay De Noc: Most of the ice is gone with the exception of Kipling and the Escanaba Yacht Harbor. Water temperatures remain cold in the high 30's. Hopefully the docks at Rapid River, Gladstone, North Shore and the Ford River will be installed yet this week. There is ...