Friday: Outdoors

Outdoors North: Forest trek provides amphibious serenade

“Let’s go down to the waterline.” — Mark Knopfler My boots in the mud, I walked toward the little wooden boardwalk that arched over the marsh. Overgrown with dried yellow and greenish grasses, much of this first part of the walk was now also covered with a couple inches of water, the ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Overall: Many lakes in Luce and Alger County still had ice. Access roads will likely have snow pack. Rain in the forecast will certainly help open things up, but not quite there yet. Water levels will be high in the central and eastern sections of the Upper Peninsula. • ...

U.P. fisheries evolving

ISHPEMING — Changes have come and will come for Upper Peninsula fisheries. Some of those changes were discussed at Wednesday’s “Conversations and Coffee” event put on by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources at Ishpeming Township Hall. George Madison, fisheries manager for ...

Wet a line and learn something of life

“If everything's gonna turn out right, you're gonna fry fish tonight.” — Johnny Cash I remember the pounding of my heart and the almost breathless existence those last few hours of waiting for the first day of trout season held when I was a kid. Preparations would have started days ...

Cycle of life

MARQUETTE — Cycling is not just one pedaling movement after another. It requires a mental and physical commitment that can push even the fittest of people beyond their comfort zones. Barring a major injury, what’s wrong with that? This type of physical activity — and just introducing ...

Outdoors North: Roaring rivers remind us that spring is here

“Meet me on the mountain when the winter lays her head to rest,” — Gary Richrath As the gray morning wore on, I was heading west across the peninsula with a cold wind putting a snap in the springtime air. Watching the sides of the road, I was surprised to see many of the small creeks ...

Gone fishin’

UPPER PENINSULA • Marquette: More boats were starting to head out now that the ice is gone. Most were trolling between the breakwall in the Lower Harbor to the Chocolay River. Coho, brown trout and a few splake were starting to show up and were caught off the breakwall. Water temperatures ...

Northern exposure

MARQUETTE — Climate change and other factors might have an effect on the types of reptiles and amphibians found in the Upper Peninsula, if they haven’t already. Ryne Rutherford, a Northern Michigan University graduate and independent biologist who runs Biophilia LLC, talked about the ...

Mount Kallio hike provides memories

“Such pretty colors I am told, there for all to see, but falling leaves of red and gold have autumn blue to me.” — Bobby Goldsboro I recall it was a spring day, a Sunday morning, an occasion when the skies were mottled bright and blue and gray, but where the brisk north winds — still ...

Gone Fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Keweenaw Bay: Ice conditions are still holding in most places. Shoreline ice north of the tire shop is getting weak and starting to break up. Ice at the head of the bay near the 3rd bridge is in poor shape and has areas with open water. Watch out for old holes that were ...

Over the River and Through the Woods

MARQUETTE — There’s a way to get in some exercise and, at the same time, contribute to the Upper Peninsula Land Conservancy. The Over the River and Through the Woods 5K Trail Race is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. May 18 at the Vielmetti-Peters Conservation Reserve, a 123-acre piece of land ...

Outdoors North

“If not for you, the winter would hold no spring, couldn’t hear a robin sing, I just wouldn’t have a clue.” — Bob Dylan Today, I caught a glimpse of my shadow on the ground cast by the early afternoon’s sunlight as I walked along. It wasn’t what I expected to see. The ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula Marquette Fishing had started to pick up. Coho along with the occasional Chinook and brown trout were caught in the Upper Harbor near the “Bubbler.” A few lake herring were also caught. The city plowed a small path to the beach, so anglers are now able to launch boats in ...

Winter begins to loosen claws on region

“My time’s out of place,” — Billy Cowsill, Jeffrey Hatcher With a choking discontent hanging over my head, I hit the road looking for some peace of mind, something to jumpstart my heart — something to believe in, like springtime. Driving, the narrow-trunked white birch trees are ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Marquette: Had slow fishing again. The Upper Harbor near the “Bubbler” is now open water and a few anglers launching small boats from the beach were picking up the odd coho, brown trout or Chinook salmon but most were not having much luck. The ice in the Lower Harbor ...

Rock star

MARQUETTE — Her last name is Hill, and she lives in Boulder, Colorado. So, maybe it was Lynn Hill’s destiny to be one of the world’s best climbers. Hill, 58, came to Northern Michigan University’s Jamrich Hall on Tuesday to talk about her experiences that have landed her on the ...

Making the best of the ‘winteriest winter’

MARQUETTE — Some people deal with winter by shoveling snow and plowing driveways as the need arises, and simply getting through the rest of the season. Others have more fun with it, taking to the woods to cross-country ski or snowshoe. Then there’s Justin Sailor of Marquette, more ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Marquette: Fishing has been slow. Those going out of the Lower Harbor caught a few splake or a couple Menominee however most caught nothing. Night anglers have caught burbot. Most were using minnows for splake and burbot or a single egg and waxworm for whitefish. Those ...

Ice diamonds, Kim Richey accent visit to forest

“But the sun came up and the sun went down; spring was waiting beneath the frozen ground and I’ll be seeing you around, so it goes.” — Kim Richey/William Paul Deasy When I stepped closer and reached for her arm, her hand and forearm were buried in the cold, deep snow. I closed my hand ...

Attitude for altitude

ISHPEMING — Some of Bryan DeAugustine’s days — make that a lot of them — are spent walking the halls of NICE Community Schools, where he is superintendent. Other days are spent off the ground, such as on a mountain summit in Wyoming or on an ice cliff not far from Lake ...