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Friday: Outdoors

Outdoors North: Winter holds many silent wonders

“I have gone from rags to riches in the sorrow of the night, in the violence of a summer’s dream, in the chill of a wintry light,” - Bob Dylan There is one thing that winter alone can truly claim that sets it widely apart from all the other seasons of the year, and it isn’t snow. I ...

DNR pilot project clears the way for winter fishing access

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has organized a pilot program to keep boating access sites plowed this winter at more than two dozen popular Upper Peninsula ice-fishing locations. Various local partners have volunteered to assist the DNR with the program to help ...

Outdoors North

“On the roof it’s peaceful as can be and there the world below can’t bother me.” — Gerry Goffin/Carol King On a day like tomorrow, the sun is going to shine. I hope I’ll find myself walking or sitting along a rocky ridge, some high place up above, where I can get closer to ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula Ice formation has been slow and was still not safe in many areas on the east side. Anglers are venturing out, but extreme caution needs to be used. The panfish action has been slow, but pike anglers were doing well. Indian Lake: Was starting to produce some nice fish. ...

Outdoors North: New year, new discoveries

“It’s often said that life is strange, yeah but compared to what,” - Steve Forbert With the turning of a new year, there’s often a good deal of hope welled up for new and better things to come in the days ahead. It seems like the first stirrings of these forward-looking new year ...

Public invited to comment on Sand Point plans

MUNISING — Sand Point, a prominent coastal feature and beach destination located near the westernmost boundary of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, was modified in the early 1990s with the placement of a large rock rubble-mound revetment measuring approximately 650 linear feet by 32 feet ...

Gone fishin’

Dickinson County: Inland lakes in the area have ice and had some slush after a warm, sunny day. Anglers are targeting pike and panfish. Manistique River: Had a fair number of steelhead. Munuscong Bay: Had ice suitable for walking on near the shoreline, allowing anglers to get out and ...

Outdoors North: The gift of changing seasons

EDITOR’S NOTE: Outdoors North is appearing on Wednesday instead of Friday this week, as there will be no Friday edition of The Mining Journal this week due to the Christmas holiday. “I’ve been for a walk on a winter’s day,” – John and Michelle Phillips Growing up in a place ...

Ospreys making a comeback in state

MARQUETTE — Ospreys are magnificent fish-hunting birds with striking brown and white plumage. They are among the group of birds of prey called “raptors,” which includes hawks, owls, falcons and eagles. These large birds — which possess widely spread wingtip feathers in flight and a ...

Outdoors North

“On a snow-covered night up in eastern Wyoming, another lazy day, looking for the sun.” — John Denver In the place where I want to be right now, the snow is falling so softly that I can’t hear it, no matter how hard I might try. The crystalline snowflakes twirl, spinning their ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula First ice is great for pike and panfish; however, ice thickness is variable on most of the inland lakes and many still had unfishable ice. It is not recommended to venture out on any ice that you are not familiar with or without a plan in case you break through. ≤ ...

Outdoors North: Gray days abound

“The summer days, summer nights are gone; I know a place where there’s still something going on,” ­— Bob Dylan On this very late fall morning, with time oozing and slumping toward the afternoon, the sun is so lazy it doesn’t seem to have lifted much at all over those shadows of ...

Gone fishin’

With no snow and cold temperatures at night, early ice fishing is happening on some of the inland lakes. For those thinking about heading out, extreme caution should be used, as early ice can be dangerous ice. Testing the ice ahead of you is strongly advised, and be sure to stay away from the ...

A gut instinct: NMU scientists publish U.P. bear research

MARQUETTE — In recent decades, researchers have found that most mammals’ guts are surprisingly complex environments — home to a variety of microbial ecosystems that can profoundly affect an animal’s well-being. A Northern Michigan University alumna and her faculty mentor are among ...

From fundraising to carpentry

By CHRISTIE MASTRIC Journal Staff Writer ISHPEMING — A project that encompassed skills such as fundraising and graphic design, as well as a lot of carpentry, has enhanced the outdoor experience near Aspen Ridge Middle School. Kurt Corcoran, a teacher at the school, said that three ...

Outdoors North

“She doesn’t give you time for questions as she locks up your arm in hers.” — Al Stewart The wind was strong as it whipped up over the river and met my face. I was standing on the bridge looking downstream. Way down there, almost out of sight, I saw a V-shaped mark in the river, ...

Outdoors North: Standing by peaceful waters

“And thus, the smaller lake that was hidden from the highway, became known forever as Lake Marie,” – John Prine The holiday time of year – though traditionally filled with joyous gatherings and jovial revelry – is one of those annual periods when I look most for the peace and ...