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Snowmelt affects Great Lakes water levels

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The Great Lakes are dependant on the snow pack and the spring runoff to refill the lakes every year. We had a chance to talk to an expert at the Army Corp of Engineers in Detroit where they closely monitor the rise and fall of our most important natural resource.  more...


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Northern Michigan Glaciers

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John Yonkers shares his “Pure Michigan Moment,” a recent glacier adventure while visiting his family in northern Michigan.

If snowshoeing recharged my batteries two weekends ago, then the trip this weekend was the equivalent of swapping the old rechargeables out for new lithium ion ones!

After my Criminal Law midterm on Friday, my girlfriend Chelsea and I hopped into the Subaru and pointed north for what I thought was to be a weekend of quiet, boring studies. However, this weekend kicked more butt than I could have ever imagined. Not only did I get the majority of my work done, but I also spent time with my family, and we even got some outdoors time in!  more...



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Coast Guard renews warning about melting ice on Lake Erie, rivers

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For the second time in a week, the U.S. Coast Guard is warning anyone who goes out onto Lake Erie or Northeast Ohio rivers that the warm weather has accelerated the ice melting, creating dangerous conditions. more...


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Coast Guard warns of unstable ice

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The U.S. Coast Guard is warning that ice conditions are expected to continue deteriorating throughout the week, making recreational ice activities more dangerous than usual throughout the Great Lakes region.  more...


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Clinton Twp man takes first in ice boating regatta

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The winter blast drove the World DN Ice Boating Championship from Menomonie, WI, down to Lake Senachwine in Peru, IL, but it didn't stop Ron Sherry.
The Clinton Township man took first place, the fifth time he's won the DN worlds. Sherry also won the 2011 North American DN Champoinships this year, for the ninth time.  more...

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Winter wonderland

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Looking for some winter fun?  Don’t want to make the long drive up north?  Then stay home and enjoy the great outdoors.

Nestled just north of the Midland Mall is the Midland City Forest (http://www.midlandcvb.org/sledding–tobaggoning–82/).  This is a beautiful facility for winter fun.  A variety of activities await your arrival including sledding, tobogganing, ice skating, hiking, cross-country skiing and snow shoeing.

As you pull into the parking lot a quarter-mile west of Eastman Ave. on Monroe Rd. you are greeted by the cozy and rustic Chalet.  Inside you will find the desk to rent all the toys you will need for your day.  Also inside is a fireplace to warm up at, snacks and hot chocolate, restrooms and telephones.  The Chalet offers huge picture windows with views of the toboggan run and the sled hill.  more...



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Satellite view: Lake Erie ice coverage

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Ice coverage over Lake Erie is now at around 70 percent.  more...


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Michigan: Timeless Beauty

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Three years ago, a group of us from the Gold Wing Road Riders rode from southwest Michigan to the Upper Peninsula in search of adventure. We rode to the Mackinac Bridge for the “Midnight Ride,” an annual juvenile diabetes fund-raiser. It was 45 degrees at dawn as 600 motorcyclists rode across the bridge. It was exhilarating and awesome.  more...


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An Ultimate Silent Sports Weekend

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Aaron Peterson, a Michigan Travel Ideas contributing photographer, revels in the snow and all the resulting activities at Keweenaw Mountain Lodge, open for its winter season the second time in more than 75 years.

The Keweenaw Peninsula has always had a magnetic pull on me. Even though I’ve lived in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for 10 years, whenever a long weekend rolls around my thoughts swing north like a compass needle to that 50-mile spine of land slicing into Lake Superior. more...


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A Snowshoe Adventure—at Night

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Photo courtesy of Aaron Peterson

Only after leaving Michigan did I realize how much I love it there. This brings me to one of the many stories that I have about it and one of the best nights of my life.

It takes place in Marquette, when I was attending Northern Michigan University. On this particular night we decided to snowshoe to the top of Hogback Mountain. We drove to the trailhead, strapped on the snowshoes and began our night mission. As we were hiking, we were joking, laughing and not really paying attention because we thought we knew the trail pretty well. After a couple of hours and no change in elevation, we knew something was not right because usually it takes an hour and a half to reach the top. We decided to keep following the trail and see where it would lead us. more...


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Ottawa Co sheriff suggests fee to cover ice rescues on lake

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Firefighters and members of the U.S. Coast Guard drag a boat on frozen Lake Erie near Crane Creek State Park in Oak Harbor in February 2009 to reach about 150 anglers trapped on ice.For years, Ottawa County, Ohio Sheriff Bob Bratton has tried to figure out a way to recoup costs his office and local departments incur rescuing stranded ice fishermen on Lake Erie. And Bratton thinks he finally has found the answer -- in Colorado.  more...


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Mush! ( 2/18/10 - 2/24/10)

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When you think of sled dog racing, maybe the first thing that comes to mind is the famous Iditarod in Alaska. The Iditarod, a grueling course 1,150 miles in length, takes ten or more days to complete. Upstate New York offers mushing opportunities of its own. Though not as epic in length or famous as the Iditarod, local races are a chance to watch or participate in this great winter sporting event.   more...


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The things extreme athletes endure in their desire to compete…

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As we watch the Winter Olympics unfold and gasp in awe at the sheer brilliance of some of the manoeuvres and in horror at some of the falls, it is worth noting the consequences that these extreme athletes risk to compete in these events – not merely to compete but to prove to themselves that they really are good at what they love doing…more

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For Boats Stored in the Water Over Winter, Nor'easter has Sinking Effect

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ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 11, 2010 – The Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) reports that yesterday’s Nor’easter is having a sinking effect on boats stored on Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay waters. The boat owners group has received reports from several marinas advising of the sinking of vessels that had been tied up for the winter in their slip.  The blizzard’s heavy, moisture-laden snow forces a boat deeper in the water, which can place a cracked plastic thru-hull fitting — normally a just few inches above the water line — below water. Thru-hull fittings are typically connected with a hose to bilge pumps, sinks, showers, or live bait wells.  more...


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Local parks offer many opportunities for winter fun

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Local parks offer many opportunities for winter funFor anyone resolving to get more exercise or spend more time away from the TV, southeastern Michigan offers plenty of cold-weather activities and fun to tempt even the coziest couch potatoes.

Although the immensely popular Fridge toboggan run at Waterford Oaks county park is closed pending repairs for the 2009-2010 season, Oakland County Parks and Recreation spokeswoman Desiree Stanfield said plenty of visitors still flock to the parks for cross-country skiing, ice-skating, snowshoeing and hiking. more...



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