Michigan's Great Outdoors

  • Fort Holmes, August 16, 2015 dedication of the reconstruction Fort Holmes

    The fort was constructed by British soldiers during the War of 1812. Using the original plans for the fort housed in the National Archives, the Mackinac State Historic Parks has reconstructed the fort walls and blockhouse. Dedication of the new structure was held Aug. 16, 2015.

  • Trails We have our everyday roads that take us to the places we have to be. But when we take a trail, we know we're headed for someplace extraordinary. The trails of Michigan are waiting to take us away. So let's pack up and take on the trails of Pure Michigan.
  • Pet-Friendly Opportunities in Michigan State Parks

    The Michigan DNR welcomes you and your pets to enjoy parks, trails and harbors together.

Highlighted Stories

  • young hunter with firearm and bull elk that he harvested 2015 hunting preview II - big game and furbearer seasons

    Prospects for the 2015 big-game hunting and furbearer hunting seasons are very good, say Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologists. Michigan offers a diversity of species and a wide variety of seasons to maximize recreational opportunity. Here's a quick overview of some of the upcoming seasons.

  • Dad and two girls in hunting gear with dog walking in woods, one girl holding firearm and bird 2015 hunting preview I - small game seasons

    Small game hunting season begins Sept. 1 with the opening of the early Canada goose season and teal seasons and continues until rabbit and hare season ends March 31. Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologists across the state say hunters should find conditions similar to last year. Hunters are reminded that due to changes in licensing, all licensed hunters may pursue small game.

  • Roy Beasley, DNR Fisheries Division boat captain, takes aim while bowfishing on Lake Erie. Bowfishing - combining two pastimes into one sport

    A growing number of sportsmen and women like to combine hunting and fishing, using bows and arrows to take a wide variety of fish, including many that are generally not targeted by hook-and-line anglers. Of the five state records that have been set so far this year, three of them – a blackmouth buffalo and two quillback carpsuckers – were taken bowfishing. In the last two years, six state standards have been set by bowfishermen.