Tag Archives: Paddling

Pure Michigan: On the way to becoming a trails state

By Howard Meyerson Michigan has had a number of nicknames: The Water Wonderland, The Great Lakes State, The Wolverine State, The Mitten State; and now it appears we may get another: The Pure Michigan Trails State. A five-bill package introduced … Continue reading

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Six state forest campgrounds to reopen: New access for equestrians, paddlers and anglers

By Howard Meyerson The start of spring is still 10 days out and deep snows in the north country could well mean a slow start for Michigan’s camping season, but state officials are moving forward this week to expand Michigan’s State … Continue reading

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The romance of the courting canoe era is alive and well at Ken Kelly’s place

The lore and romance of early 20th Century wood and canvas canoes, and a modern-day man who collects them,  is the subject of a feature story by me in the newest issue of Canoeroots Magazine. It is called “The Canoe Collector.” … Continue reading

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2014: The year ahead – for starters

By Howard Meyerson Last year was full of interesting developments: The endangered Kirtland’s warbler was reported to have made a comeback, Lake Michigan salmon were huge but proved less plentiful, the DNR moved to reopen some state forest campgrounds, camping … Continue reading

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Michigan’s Outdoor Show Season Gets Underway With Attractions for Many Different Interests

By Howard Meyerson Whether fishing the open waters of Lake Michigan for salmon, the scenic Au Sable River for brown trout, or a hidden inland lake for bass, Lucian Gizel prefers to go by kayak. The 52-year-old industrial engineer, from … Continue reading

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Fall Canoeing: Great beauty for those who go prepared for the elements

By Howard Meyerson Fall is a great time to canoe Michigan rivers. Air temperatures are cool. The bugs are gone. And northern woods are typically ablaze with color. But fall weather can be fickle, so paddlers need to be ready. … Continue reading

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Natural State: Black River paddle an enjoyable, wild outing

By Howard Meyerson BANGOR, MI — The heat of the day seemed to slip away as our group floated into the shady reaches of the Black River where its gentle current carried us forward and the overhead canopy offered cool … Continue reading

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Popular Pine River sand slide no more

A hugely popular 150-foot Pine River sand slide got special treatment from the U.S. Forest Service recently. Forest officials cut down a number of trees on the bank rim and located them along the barren slide  hoping to reduce sand … Continue reading

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Bangor/South Haven Heritage Water Trail Nearly Finished

By Howard Meyerson SOUTH HAVEN, MI – It’s been eight long years since work began on the Bangor/South Haven Heritage Water Trail, the 21-mile canoe and kayak route down the South Branch of the Black River between the two cities, … Continue reading

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Anglers brace for changes to Grand Rapids’ unique urban fishery

Will bringing the rapids back to Grand Rapids be a boom or bust scenario for this Midwest city, the second largest in the state of Michigan?  The answer is different depending on who is talking. Local whitewater enthusiasts pushing for the … Continue reading

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