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Ready, set, get outdoors

Heading outdoors for some springtime adventure and recreation can produce some spectacular results. Some of the best advice for those new to the outdoors and veterans of woods and waters alike is to "know before you go."

This Earth Day, celebrate the little things

Earth Day is today, April 22, which each year commemorates the anniversary of the modern environmental movement's birth in 1970. As we celebrate our planet, remember that we are an important part of our world - and we can all help keep it safe, healthy and clean for everyone.

Incident management team aids vaccination effort at Ford Field

A massive effort to vaccinate people in the Detroit area against COVID-19 rolled out recently with mobile clinics and a clinic at Ford Field, where the Detroit Lions play football. The efforts have an assist from people who are used to jumping in and helping at a moment's notice - members of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources incident management teams.

Revisiting the historic Walker Tavern and tourism in the 1920s Irish Hills

Built in 1832, the tavern served as a wayside inn, bar and post office for travelers on the "Old Chicago Road." In the 1920s, the tavern would find new life as a roadside tourist attraction, and in 1965 it became a Michigan state park.

Of spring and April showers

A reflection on the slow arrival of spring.

Exploring the path less traveled

Blooming time for northern Michigan's three-petaled wild orchid, the trillium, is just around the corner. With this natural beauty in store, now is the time to start planning a getaway to the forest. Make lifetime memories while hunting for mushrooms, casting a line into a trout stream or catching sight of a free-roaming elk.

Park rangers on the job

Park rangers are responsible for protecting, preserving and enhancing Michigan's state parks and natural resources, while ensuring the safety and welfare of park visitors. Learn more about these important employees.

Heading out to new ice fishing waters

In Michigan, we are lucky to have 11,000 inland lakes to enjoy. Whether we fish, swim or boat, we have plenty of options. Venturing out to new places can feel like a gamble. To fish a new lake, there are a few options an angler can try.

The search for Michigan's ghost cat

What’s the truth about mountain lions in Michigan? How many are there? Where are they? And how worried should we be? While memories of these big cats persist across the state, trying to find physical evidence to support reported sightings proved to be a bit like chasing a ghost.

Between the pages, a history lies: Porcupine Mountains logbooks offer glimpse into personal park experiences

Within the pages of Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park's collection of cabin logbooks – from 23 cabins and yurts across the span of 76 years – is the history of the park, written by the people who took the time to enjoy it.

Breathing under the ice

Deep winter snow and prolonged ice cover on Upper Peninsula inland lakes can create conditions that present unique habitat challenges to fish. DNR Fisheries Division staffers annually survey a subset of U.P. trout lakes in late winter.

Under the spell of the Wintermaker

A meditation on the serenity of a winter's night under the gaze of a watchful star.

Generations of Michigan steelhead fishing

During late fall and early winter months, steelhead river fishing becomes a prized pastime for anglers seeking a unique challenge. It can also be a wonderful time to bond with family.

Restoring a classic

For decades, City of Detroit foresters industriously labored away in a quaint sawmill within Belle Isle Park until it was shut down over 40 years ago. Now, the 80-year-old sawmill building is getting a new life.

A century of commitment to Michigan's natural resources

On March 30, 1921, the Michigan Department of Conservation – precursor to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources – was created. Throughout 2021, and especially in March, the DNR is commemorating and celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the department.

Everyone can get outdoors to beat the winter blues

This year, with the need to avoid social gatherings and many indoor activities to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, winter may seem bluer than ever.Fortunately, Michigan offers ample antidotes to the winter blues in the form of outdoor recreation opportunities, with a variety of options for those of all abilities.