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Michigan's Great Outdoors

  • Man and girl fishing off a pier at Pinckney Rec Area.State Park Spotlight - Pinckney Rec AreaFall at the state parks means cooler temperatures, fewer bugs and a quieter overall atmosphere, and this week we're highlighting a prime location to experience the beauty of the season. Pinckney Recreation Area is located less than an hour from the metro Detroit area and just 15 miles northwest of Ann Arbor.

  • Help name Michigan's new trail from Belle Isle to Ironwood!Join the monumental mission to make Michigan the Great Trail State!
  • Camping 101Through the generosity of The North Face, we now have a gear trailer with just about everything needed for a group of 40 adults or 60 youth to experience camping.

Highlighted Stories

  • Sandstone pieces show evidence of a masonry structure likely related to 1840s copper mining. Archaeology students seek answers to Fort Wilkins' mining pastWhile the story of Fort Wilkins and its military use is well-documented, the story of the early days of copper mining around the fort is not as well-known. To better document the fort's history related to copper mining, a group of Michigan Technological University students is exploring land that is now part of Fort Wilkins Historic State Park, looking specifically for evidence of mining activity by the Pittsburgh & Boston Mining Co., which operated in the region in 1844-48.
  • GEMS are walk-in access trails designed to provide safe and easily accessible hunting opportunities.New Grouse Enhanced Management Systems give hunters a gem of an opportunityGovernor Rick Snyder and DNR Director Keith Creagh recently joined in a volunteer habitat improvement effort on state forest land in the U.P. as part of the DNR's new GEMS - or Grouse Enhanced Management Systems - initiative. The GEMS are designed to bring attention to Michigan's outstanding upland bird hunting opportunities through the creation of a series of walk-in access hunting trails intensively managed for improved ruffed grouse and woodcock hunting.
  • A grove of mature crabapple trees can be found on state forest land in southern Marquette County.More bang for your buck: Upper Peninsula habitat improvements ramp upIn 2014 DNR Wildlife Division staffers in the Upper Peninsula were able to greatly ramp up tree and shrub planting efforts for the first time in years due to recent increases in hunting license fees and the addition of the $11 base license required of all hunters, which specifically funds improvement of habitat and hunting opportunities. Hunter support for habitat improvement also manifested itself through volunteer efforts during the 2014 planting season.

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