Showcasing the DNR

  • Visitors to Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park ride a chair lift to see fall colors Learning about Michigan's sensational upland habitats

    Michigan is home to a wide variety of spectacular habitat types. Among these, perhaps one of the most important categories is upland habitat, which offers countless recreation opportunities for the fall leaf peeper, mushroom hunter, birdwatcher, hiker, hunter, beachgoer, camper and others.

  • A DNR worker scoops salmon eggs into a container at the Platte River weir. Weirs: An important DNR tool to manage fisheries, educate public

    To get eggs from salmon and steelhead for fish stocking, the DNR first needs to capture the fish. This is done by use of one of the most important parts of the DNR’s fish-stocking system: weirs.

  • sharp-tailed grouse Michigan's other game bird grouse - sharptails offer unique hunting opportunity

    Sharp-tailed grouse are prairie birds, inhabiting grasslands and the neighboring brush, found only in the Upper Peninsula – and mostly on the east end. While only a relative handful of sportsmen hunt them, they offer a unique upland opportunity to Michigan bird hunters. 

  • A beautiful fall color view of Dead River in Marquette County popular with fall leaf peepers. Michigan's parks, trails and waterfalls provide great settings for leaf-peeping fall color

    As one of the most wooded states in the country, with more than half of its 36 million acres of land forested, Michigan offers plenty of opportunity to see trees put on their fall color show. DNR staffers at state parks have a variety of good suggestions for places visitors in search of eye-catching autumn scenery might want to check out – by car, foot, kayak, horse or off-road vehicle, as well as by chairlift.

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    The DNR understands the importance of preserving and enhancing our strong outdoor heritage, and we are committed to making out door education a priority. Programs that interest women, youth and men may be found in the following articles. All are designed to help you learn more about Michigan's natural resources, in order to gain a greater appreciation of the great outdoors and have more fun in the process!

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