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Outdoors

Mountain biking update for the KML, Summer 2020

COPPER HARBOR — 2020 has been an exciting time for cycling around the world. Mountain bike sales have surged across the U.S.A. with the public’s renewed interest in getting outside and seeking out remote places. The Keweenaw Mountain Lodge stepped up it’s mountain bike program and hired ...

Lower Menominee River removed from Great Lakes Areas of Concern clean-up list

After a successful, 35-year collaborative restoration effort, the Lower Menominee River has been removed from the list of Great Lakes Areas of Concern, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Wisconsin Department of ...

Naming ceremony – Merv Klemett Hardball Field

HANCOCK — The City of Hancock Recreation Commission will host a ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Hardball Field at the Driving Park in Hancock. The Hardball Field, presently used by Finlandia University and others, will be named in honor of Mervin “Merv” Klemett. A new ...

UPEC livestream with KBIC Lake Superior Program Coordinator

Join us for the next UPEC Livestream, "Beach Clean-Up! A Passion for the Environment" with Zena Huhta, Lake Superior Program Coordinator, Natural Resources Department, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Baraga County, on Thursday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. EDT, livestreamed via Facebook and Zoom (links ...

Local trail volunteers win national-level awards

The North Country Trail Association held its annual awards ceremony in August, and members of local chapters were given two national-level awards, Trail Maintainer of the Year, and Boots on the Trail. Calvin Kangas of the Ni-Miikanaake Chapter won NCTA Trail Maintainer of the Year, as well as ...

Summer is not over yet; make water safety a priority

Warm weather means lots of things, including more time spent outdoors doing fun activities that involve water. But whether you're taking a dip in a pool, heading to a lake or river for a boat ride, or spending your vacation at the beach, there's a serious side to water that deserves a great ...

Competition launched to pick best Keweenaw fall colors destination

For the first time ever, the Keweenaw’s favorite fall colors destination will be determined through month-long competition organized by the Keweenaw Convention & Visitors Bureau. The Keweenaw Fall Colors Challenge, which begins on Aug. 25, pits 16 scenic sites and routes in a ...

Delta County fish kill blamed on ‘black liquor’ from paper mill

Officials with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy said a recent fish kill along the southern reaches of the Escanaba River at Gladstone was the result of a pipe failure at Verso Corporation’s Escanaba Paper Mill. “We have been sampling and monitoring the river ...

Michigan records confirm extremely few wolf livestock conflicts in 2019

EWEN — Official records show that in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, only six out of approximately 900 livestock operations, or about 0.006%, experienced a conflict with wolves in 2019. The number of farms experiencing a conflict has been consistent over the past five years. Records also ...

Fish kill being investigated on Escanaba River by EGLE

Personnel from the Michigan Departments of Natural Resources and Environment, Great Lakes and Energy are investigating a fish kill incident along the lower reaches of the Middle Branch of the Escanaba River. The fish kill – which was reported Aug. 9 and responded to by state agencies the ...

Houghton-Keweenaw County 4-H 2020 Senior Scholarship awarded to Houghton teen

The Houghton-Keweenaw County 4-H Program is excited to announce the presentation of the annual Houghton-Keweenaw County 4-H Senior Scholarship to Noah Bach of Houghton. We congratulate Noah for his active participation in 4-H and outstanding application that highlighted the positive impact that ...

ORV route reopened between Hancock and Dollar Bay in Houghton County

A state-managed off-road vehicle route between the Portage Lift Bridge and Dollar Bay in Houghton County has been re-opened after work was completed to create an interim bypass trail route. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced the re-opening today after a county health ...

Health Department lifts health advisory for ORV trail in Ripley

The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) has lifted the health advisory for the ORV trail owned by the State of Michigan that traverses through the Julio scrapyards in Ripley. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, ...

For exercise, there may be nothing like the great outdoors

Is the gym your usual go-to place for exercise? If so, you may need a change of scenery, and one with lots of it: the great outdoors. If you need a nudge to move your exercise outside, health experts say there's plenty of incentive to get moving. "Whether you're a nature lover or fitness ...

DNR’s Western U.P. Citizens’ Advisory Council to meet virtually

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources' Western Upper Peninsula Citizens' Advisory Council will meet virtually in a web conference from 6:30 to 9 p.m. July 22. This council session is being held virtually in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Among the agenda items, discussions are ...

DNR to begin work on Houghton to Chassell rail-trail

Trail restoration work along the Houghton to Chassell rail-trail in Houghton County is scheduled to begin Monday. Segments of the trail were impacted severely during the 2018 Father’s Day flood, which also caused millions of dollars of damage to other DNR-managed trails in the ...

WUPHD lifts algal bloom public health advisory

HANCOCK – The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) received test results from samples collected by the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) indicating that the algal bloom in Portage Lake, Portage Canal, and Torch Lake in Houghton County did not contain ...

Great Lakes Coast Guard units assist more than 300 over holiday weekend

CLEVELAND - Coast Guard units throughout the Great Lakes reported their busiest Independence Day weekend in at least five years Sunday, conducting more than 100 search-and-rescue cases and saving or assisting more than 300 people throughout the region. Despite those successes, at least two ...