Friday: Outdoors

Having a ‘lake-ation’

HARVEY — Fourteen-year-old Ruben Meza of downstate Madison Heights could have spent last Friday beachcombing along Lake Superior. Instead, he worked the stretch of land along the Iron Ore Heritage Trail near the Michigan Welcome Center. The site, located along U.S. 41 by Lake Superior, is a ...

American roadtrip pastime an adventure

“I like big cars, like the one that’s sitting in my grandpa’s yard.” — Heather Myles As I sat down recently to the television news, I heard a thud — a big thud, the kind that likely echoed all the way around the girth of this big old world. The unsettling noise, followed by an ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula Marquette: Limits or near limits of coho were taken in the top 30 feet in the Lower Harbor and off Shot Point. Limits of lake trout were caught between the "white rocks" and Granite Island. Those running high lines also caught the occasional steelhead, brown trout or ...

In color: Marquette author releasing third edition of book

MARQUETTE — Wounded deer getting away from their hunters has been an issue, and most likely will be for some time to come. This is the topic of a new book by Marquette author Richard P. Smith, which actually is the third edition of “Tracking Wounded Deer,” which is subtitled “How to ...

Visit to Indiana provides new sights, sounds

“It will fill you with emotion, if you let it be your guide so turn around; turn around, it’s on the other side.” — Kerry Livgren In the uncomfortable heat and humidity of a late south-central Indiana afternoon, like a character in a Lewis Carroll novel, I ventured through the mirror ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula Little Bay De Noc: The walleye action was slow. Most fish were caught from the Escanaba River south to the Ford River. Near the Escanaba River, anglers were trolling a crawler harness in 18 to 24 feet. Off Breezy Point, anglers were using a crawler harness or stick baits just ...

Battling alien invasion

NEGAUNEE — They weren’t trying to be killjoys for boaters or anglers enjoying a day on the Dead River Basin in Negaunee Township. However, local conservationists and local utility officials took part in “Landing Blitz 2017” July 7 to help spread the word about combating the spread of ...

What’s flying: Changes begin as summer marches on

“The sky broke like an egg into full sunset and the water caught fire.” — Pamela Hansford Johnson The sun paints it own tones across the summer landscape, highlighting each shade in bright, unclouded moments, dampening all the colors, especially the greens and reds, on cloudy days, and ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Marquette: Limits of lake trout were caught between the white rocks and Granite Island. Depths vary day to day but 150 to 200 feet was the typical range. A couple limits of coho were taken in both harbors in 20 feet and a couple chinook were caught. • Little Bay De Noc: ...

Outdoors North: Wild berries another reason to visit woods

“Deep as the sea and as wild as the weather, we will go just you and me to pick wild strawberries together.” — Gordon Lightfoot On a recent walk along a section of an old Duluth, South Shore and Atlantic railroad bed, there in the day’s fading sunlight, I came upon a sight I didn’t ...

Assessing Dead River lampreys

MARQUETTE — A little chemistry mixed with Dead River habitat could go a long way into the never-ending battle against the invasive sea lamprey. A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service assessment crew has been surveying streams to find lampreys, with those streams to include the Dead River as well ...

Childhood memory had a lifelong imprint

“Underneath that tree, there's just gonna be you and me; underneath that apple suckling tree oh yeah.” – Bob Dylan As I recall, it was a warm afternoon under an azure sky, along the county road, in a place where the lumberman’s axe and saw had felled more than a hundred trees. I ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula Keweenaw Bay Jigging or bobbing for lake trout was fair with most fish in the two-pound range. Coho and brown trout fishing was good when trolling orange spoons in the top 20 feet of waters 50 feet or deeper. At the South Entry, coho and brown trout were caught around the ...

Pretty pathway

MARQUETTE — Like any home, the Trestle Corridor has to be constantly maintained. A crew from the Marquette County Conservation District gathered Thursday morning to pull invasive weeds from the demonstration garden the district tends. Anyone who regularly walks down Fourth Street just ...

Outdoors North: Snapping turtles, trout bookend U.P. day

“This damned traffic isn’t getting any thinner, please, cross me over the road.” — Steve Gibbons It was about four fingers before dark, with the remains of the day sinking down behind the outline of tall cedars and tamaracks. Ordinarily, the evening star would be visible off the ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula Marquette: Limits of lake trout were caught between the white rocks and Granite Island in 190 to 220 feet. A few coho and brown trout were caught in the harbor and near Shot Point. Little Bay De Noc: The best walleye catches were in southern waters between Breezy Point and ...

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 ...