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Michigan's Great Outdoors

  • Men playing disc golf at Newaygo State Park.State Park Spotlight - Newaygo State ParkNewaygo State Park comprises 387 acres of land, nestled in Big Prairie Township, Newaygo County. The park contains several scenic overlooks above the Hardy Dam Pond, a six-mile impoundment of the Muskegon River which is almost completely undeveloped along its shoreline. There are plenty of other fun and inexpensive activities at Newaygo State Park for day users and campers alike. Challenge your friends or family to a round on the disc golf course, or bring a handheld GPS device or smartphone to search for geocaches hidden in the park.
  • Experience the new mobile friendly campground and harbor central reservation systemBrowse the website, experience the improvements, and make your reservation at a state park or harbor.

  • Camping 101Explore your parks! For just $20 you get: use of gear, two nights of camping, and instruction on how to pitch a tent, start a campfire and more.
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Highlighted Stories

  • Upper Black River Council member helps place structure in the river to improve trout habitat.Partnerships key to success of upper Black River brook trout fisheryThe northeastern Lower Peninsula's upper Black River, long recognized as one of Michigan's best brook trout streams, has become a destination point for anglers chasing wild brookies. But that doesn't mean it can't be even better. And a unique group of partners - known as the Upper Black River Council - has been doing its best to make it so.
  • Jim Harding shows off an adult wood turtle he found on an excursion on an Upper Peninsula river.Michigan State University researcher gives rare turtles a head start on survivalJim Harding, an instructor and outreach specialist with Michigan State University's Zoology Department, has been studying the wood turtle population along an Upper Peninsula river since 1969. One of 10 species of turtles that live in Michigan, wood turtles are a species of concern, and Harding is helping raise turtles in hopes of increasing their survival rates.
  • The American woodcock is a Michigan DNR featured species for early successional forests.Michigan DNR adds 'featured species' approach to habitat managementFrom pine barrens to oak savannah, prairie fens to young aspen, state-managed land in Michigan offers a vast array of ecosystem and habitat types, which all call for differing approaches to habitat and wildlife management. To best manage these various habitats, as well as effectively measure outcomes and engage the public in discussing and developing plans and goals, the DNR Wildlife Division has adopted guidelines that put the focus on "featured species" found in each ecosystem or habitat type.

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