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Michigan's Great Outdoors

  • Holly Recreation Area, Heron BeachState Park Spotlight - Holly Recreation AreaWhatever your recreational interests, you're sure to find something to enjoy at this week's featured state park: Holly Recreation Area. The park contains almost 8,000 acres of rolling woodlands and open fields, and with that much land, outdoor opportunities abound.
    Like many Michigan state parks, Holly Recreation Area features a swimming area on Heron Beach, which happens to be one of the nicest inland beaches in Michigan, according to Hour Detroit Magazine and the Detroit Free Press. Various other inland lakes offer fishing, ice fishing, canoeing, kayaking and paddleboarding opportunities. Holdridge Lakes Mountain Bike Trails comprise 25 miles of varying difficulty single-track trails, and the park's additional 9 miles of trails offer hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and snowshoe opportunities.
  • Experience the new mobile friendly campground and harbor central reservation systemBrowse the website, experience the improvements, and make your reservation at a state park or harbor.

  • Camping 101Explore your parks! For just $20 you get: use of gear, two nights of camping, and instruction on how to pitch a tent, start a campfire and more.

Highlighted Stories

  • The very first Smokey Bear poster to appear in 1944.After 70 years, Smokey Bear still plays vital role in fire preventionWhen the typical American thinks of wildfire prevention, the first image that comes to mind is surely that of the iconic Smokey Bear. Since the days of Smokey's first words in 1944 - "Smokey says - care will prevent nine out of 10 forest fires." - his likeness and slogans have been invaluable to federal, state and local agencies responsible for wildfire prevention and management.
  • Fallen tree limb from a storm near an RV on campsiteMichigan state parks focus on visitor safety by becoming 'StormReady'In Michigan, 17 state parks are certified by the National Weather Service as "StormReady," meaning they have a system in place to monitor the weather, receive weather alerts, and alert employees and visitors. These parks have the latest technology and communication tools - such as weather radios, emergency sirens and PA systems - to keep visitors informed and safe during severe weather events like wind storms.
  • Holt High School science teacher Heather Peterson with a lake trout she netted on Higgins Lake.DNR's Academy of Natural Resources gives teachers valuable "been there, done that" experienceThe DNR's Academy of Natural Resources, now in its seventh year, enrolls teachers into a week-long crash course on natural resources. The idea is to provide the teachers with a broad overview of natural resources that they can use in their classrooms. Teachers say it's a strategy that works - what they learn at the academy translates into improved learning about the environment and natural resources for their students.

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