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Friday: Outdoors

From loppets to luges

MARQUETTE — Perhaps few regions in Michigan, and perhaps the United States, are as defined by the outdoors as the Upper Peninsula. And with the rugged U.P. outdoors comes a diversity of outdoor recreation and the people who take part in it. To display this heritage, the Marquette ...

Outdoors North

“Let’s steal away in the noonday sun, it’s time for a summertime dream.” — Gordon Lightfoot While neck deep in Queen Anne’s lace, prickly purple thistles and squiggly vines, along the meandering edge of a cold trout stream recently, I realized that a change had occurred around ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula Keweenaw Bay: Those able to get out on the nice days were rewarded as both Keweenaw and Traverse Bay provided ample lake trout for those primarily jigging. The few trolling also caught a few fish. Marquette: A few more lake trout, along with the occasional coho, were ...

Herbicide a tool in forest management

LANSING — From now through fall, people who visit or live near state forests may find signs posted that say herbicide spraying has taken place. They may occasionally find a road closed to off-road vehicle traffic or even see a helicopter flying above, trailing a mist of ...

Outdoors North

“I’m learning to fly, but I ain’t got wings, coming down is the hardest thing.” — Tom Petty/Jeff Lynne I remember the little Indiana town along the Big Blue River that once manufactured sheet iron, caskets and a wide range of other items. Once called the “Rose City” for its ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula Keweenaw Bay: Recent storms and wind had the bays all mixed up. Anglers still were getting a fair number of lake trout along with a few salmon; however, they were putting in a lot of time trying to find them. Jigging for lake trout seemed to work best. Little Bay De Noc: ...

Outdoors North: The magic of special places in nature

“Who are these people? What is this place?” — Tonio K. The idea of place holds a good deal of intrigue for me. Pick a place on a map, anyplace, and it’s somewhere that something resides. Maybe it’s a place somebody was born or grew up or it might simply be a spot where one day a ...

Canoeing courage: Ishpeming man continues Mississippi River trip

MARQUETTE — When you’re traveling 2,500 miles — on water in a canoe, no less — unexpected events not exactly in the vein of Mark Twain are going to happen. Nate Denofre of Ishpeming and Don Jokinen of Iron Mountain on May 8 set off on a big adventure: canoeing the entire ...

Gone fishin’

Keweenaw Bay: Anglers fishing Huron, Traverse and Keweenaw bay had similar success. Jigging for lake trout remained somewhat productive, while those trolling picked up a few lake trout and the occasional Chinook salmon. Marquette: Surface water temperatures are very warm for Lake Superior ...

DNR weekly fishing report

Keweenaw Bay: Anglers fishing Huron, Keweenaw and Traverse Bays are all reporting similar catches. Jigging for lake trout is producing the highest yield of fish. Those trolling for salmon found a few but caught more lake trout. Marquette: Surface water temperatures rose to about 70 ...

Keeping lampreys out of the lake

MARQUETTE — In itself, the sea lamprey is a fascinating animal. It resembles an eel, has a suction disk mouth filed with rasping teeth, and can live in salt and fresh water. Unfortunately, it does not belong in the Great Lakes because of its ability to decimate native fish populations ...

NMU deploys weather buoy on Lake Superior

From Northern Michigan University MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University continues to lead a collaborative effort to monitor data on weather and wave conditions at three locations along the southeastern shore of Lake Superior. The goal is to enhance safety among commercial and ...

Outdoors North: The allure of the dark, flowing water

“But right now, I’ll just sit here so contentedly and watch the river flow,” – Bob Dylan I suppose I have been enchanted by the movement, sound and power of water since my earliest days. Those first recollections of seeing water came in the form of the dark, tannin-laden waters of ...

Gone Fishin’

Marquette: Most were launching from the Upper Harbor and fishing near Granite Island, the Pinnacles and in water up to 200 feet deep, where several nice catches of lake trout were reported. Look for the bugs and fish anywhere from 10 to 50 feet down. Those jigging at Stannard Rock caught lake ...

Beyond the borders

MARQUETTE — They were seen swimming just off the Presque Isle Park shoreline, seemingly none the worse for wear. Those Canada geese had just been banded by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources on Wednesday morning at the park. Caleb Eckloff, a wildlife technician for the DNR’s ...

Outdoors North

“Dan can you see that big green tree, where the water’s running free and it’s waiting there for me and you,” – Bob Nolan With the day already heating up, swallowtail and mourning cloak butterflies congregated at places along the road where wet mud remained, at least for now. This ...

Gone fishin’

Keweenaw Bay: Those targeting salmon and lake trout had some success, though most of the fish caught were lake trout. The action off Baraga was slow, but anglers are marking fish. Lake trout have been caught out of Traverse Bay and Huron Bay, but no limit catches were reported. Marquette: ...

RED TAIL TALES

By CHRISTIE MASTRIC Journal Staff Writer HARVEY — Michael Willard has made many exquisite carvings of wildlife before, but if he decides to make one of a unique squirrel he recently saw in his backyard, it undoubtedly would be a carving like no other. Willard, who lives in Harvey, got ...

Outdoors North

“Somewhere along a high road, the air began to turn cold, she said she missed her home. I headed on alone.” — Bob Seger Like people, roads have character and they have souls. Walking along a certain dirt road I know on a summer day I can feel the road almost breathing in and out as it ...