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Outdoors

State forest fuelwood permits available now at no cost

For the second year in a row, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will offer free permits to cut fuelwood from dead and downed trees in approved areas of Michigan’s state forests. This year, fuelwood season began March 1 – earlier than in previous years to help people who might be ...

DNR says fish kills may be common during spring thaw

After ice and snow cover melt on Michigan lakes this early spring, it may be more likely for people to discover dead fish or other aquatic animals. While such sights can be startling, the Department of Natural Resources reminds everyone that it is normal, since winter conditions can cause fish ...

Share your thoughts with the DNR at upcoming virtual meetings

The Department of Natural Resources is committed to providing Michigan residents the opportunity to share input and ideas on policy decisions, programs and other aspects of natural resource management and outdoor recreation opportunities. One important avenue for this input is at meetings of ...

DNR drafts walleye management plan for inland waters, seeks public input

A healthy, abundant walleye population is a big part of Michigan’s fisheries. These native fish provide exciting opportunities for world-class recreational fishing and play an important ecological role as a top predator. Though several local, regional and Great Lakes-centric walleye plans ...

Keep pets and animals safe during cold weather

LANSING — The cold may not have bothered Elsa, but pets and livestock are very much at risk in cold weather. It is critical that owners provide appropriate protection for them during these frigid winter months. That is the key message in one of the latest “Fresh from the Field” podcasts ...

Historic Keweenaw Mountain Lodge launches 10 km of new winter trails

COPPER HARBOR, MI — Visitors to Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula have another reason to head north this winter now that the historic Keweenaw Mountain Lodge has opened 10 km of groomed, classic cross-country ski and snowshoeing trails in scenic Copper Harbor. The trails’ opening coincides ...

Winterfest 2021

HANCOCK — Come join us on Feb. 20 from 1to 4 p.m. at the Glad Tidings Church in Hancock. Glad Tidings is at 601 Ingot St. near the Hospital. This will be a community wide outdoor event free for families. We will have Sledding, Bonfires to stay warm, and Dog Sled rides. The Mushing Club at ...

Ice skating ribbon

HOUGHTON — Visitors and residents of the Midwest’s “snow capital” have a new outdoor attraction this winter. This past Friday, the City of Houghton launched a new outdoor ice-skating ribbon at the Ray Kestner Waterfront Park on the shores of the Keweenaw Waterway. Skaters can enjoy a ...

Mount Bohemia opens and launches 20 km snowshoe trail system

LAC LA BELLE, MI — Mount Bohemia, selected by USA Today readers as one of North America’s top ski resorts, is set to open tomorrow, Jan. 27. A slow start to the snow season has prevented Bohemia from opening until now as the resort relies on 100% natural snow. However, visitors will be ...

NPLSF appoints long-time Isle Royale Park Superintendent to Board

HOUGHTON — The National Parks of Lake Superior Foundation (NPLSF) has announced the appointment of retired Isle Royale National Park Superintendent Phyllis Green to its nine-person board of directors. Green's federal service career has spanned 41 years, including 18 years at Isle Royale and ...

Winter research activities at Isle Royale National Park postponed until 2022

HOUGHTON – Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local officials, and to support the nation's effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, NPS personnel and researchers will not be conducting research on Isle Royale this winter. Researchers from ...

USDA seeks applications to restore wetlands

EAST LANSING — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking applications from Michigan landowners who want to restore wetlands on their property. Applications submitted by March 12 will be considered for selection for the current fiscal year. Land that formerly contained a wetland but was ...

Swedetown Trails Club: Trails have great snow

CALUMET — With more than 60 inches of snow, all the ski trails at Swedetown are open and in good to excellent condition. Snow bike trails are being packed for riding. For all trails a daily or seasonal membership is required. Memberships help to offset expense of trail grooming and ...

NotMISpecies webinar series returns in January

Registration is now open for new sessions of the Michigan Invasive Species Program’s NotMISpecies webinar series, exploring efforts across the state to prevent and control harmful land and water invaders. The live, monthly series features people on the front lines of invasive species ...

Deal-makers and fighters make up Biden’s new climate team

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden wrapped up a team heavy on deal-makers and fighters to lead his climate effort Thursday, tasking it with remaking and cleaning up the nation’s transportation and power-plant systems, and as fast as politically possible. While the president-elect’s picks have the ...

The Keweenaw’s Mont Ripley set to open Dec. 19

RIPLEY — Visitors to the Copper Country seeking winter excitement are eagerly anticipating the opening of Mont Ripley this weekend in Hancock, Michigan. Located in the snowiest city in the Midwest, Mont Ripley announced they will open this Saturday, Dec. 19. Mont Ripley opened in 1934 and ...

Chassell Trails Mapping Project a success with KCF grant

HANCOCK — With support from the Keweenaw Community Foundation’s PHF Outdoor Wellness and Recreation Fund Grant, the Chassell Trails Mapping Project was successfully completed. The project supports existing and new trail development in Houghton and surrounding counties by providing users of ...

Keweenaw Land Trust offers distanced-group hiking options

OPT outside with KLT option 1 Opt outside with KLT board member Alex Hirzel on one of his favorite Churning Rapids trails, the Villa Maki. This option 1 will be a fast paced, 2.5 mile hike. We are asking for participants to register and keeping both groups at 15. Masks are mandatory and we ...