Michigan's Great Outdoors

Highlighted Stories

  • A spring brook trout catch from the Upper Peninsula. Reflections of U.P. trout openers past

    Across Michigan, the countdown has slowly been winding down for seven long months. Soon, Michigan’s inland trout season opener will have begun, with a fully anticipated, rapturous 154 days of fishing ahead. We gathered reflections of Upper Peninsula trout openers past from some Michigan Department of Natural Resources staff and a member of the Michigan Natural Resources Commission, hoping to help readers tick down the remaining hours.

  • A black-necked stilt at Pointe Mouillee State Game Area in Rockwood on the western Lake Erie shore Celebrate American Wetlands Month in May

    May is American Wetlands Month – a time to appreciate and enjoy these unique watery areas that are home to some of the most biologically diverse plant and animal life. Michigan has countless wetland areas scattered across the state, including seven the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has called "Wetland Wonders."

  • Kevin Sayers, manager of the DNR’s Urban and Community Forestry Program, in front of Detroit skyline Urban, community forests add much to Michigan's scenic and economic landscape

    It’s been said the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, and the second best time is today. Looking at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ long record of forest protection and management on state forest land and in plenty of urban areas, it’s a theory clearly subscribed to by many DNR staff and partners. And for good reason. Whether in public forests, private woodlots or right outside your front door, trees provide us with important ecological, economic and social benefits.