Category Archives: Tourism

State trail usage survey reveals thousands of annual users

trail users 2Michigan’s recreational trails have been feeling the love. A community forum is planned in Petoskey to discuss survey results that show the usage of some northern Michigan trails.

The Top of Michigan Trails Council and Emmet County commissioned the study last summer. Continue reading

U.S. Geological Survey awards $9.7 million to build new invasive species lab

Anyone who fishes the Great Lakes are probably familiar with pesky aquatic invasive species, things like sea lamprey and certain gobies.

Now, officials with the U.S. Geological Survey say they are granting $9.7 million to build a new invasive species laboratory in Presque Isle county.

The construction contract has been awarded to an Alpena county company, Crittenden. The work there will focus on how to repel and remove invasives from the Great Lakes. Continue reading

New Great Lakes cruise liner to embark this summer

Above is the M.S. Saint Laurent's expected travel route from Montreal to Chicago. Graphic courtesy of the Great Lakes Cruise Company.

Above is the M.S. Saint Laurent’s expected travel route from Montreal to Chicago. Graphic courtesy of the Great Lakes Cruise Company.


Cruises across the Great Lakes are slowly becoming a part of the region’s culture, and new offerings are promising travelers a journey not just across the lakes, but also through time.
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Michigan Historical Commission approves four new historical markers

MI_His_CenterResidents and tourists in Michigan have some new historical destinations to learn about.

The Michigan Historical Commission has added four new historical markers to the more than 1700 green and gold signs found across the state. Continue reading

Downtown Alpena to receive newest Holiday Inn prototype

holidayinnspotVisitors to Alpena will have a new lodging option beginning this summer, and it promises to be one of the first of it’s kind in the United States.

Downtown Alpena has been chosen as a launch site for the newest generation of Holiday Inn Express hotels. Continue reading

Michigan leads the nation in gas price savings, AAA officials say

After the holiday spending season, people may find some financial relief with cheaper gas prices.

Officials with AAA said Michigan has been building up a history of continuous gas price declines in recent weeks.

They said supply, demand and distribution are major reasons for gas price fluctuations. Continue reading

Silver Lake dunes receiving reservation service

Changes are coming to the way Silver Lake Dunes in Oceana county allows in guests. They’re switching to an electronic system which allows people to reserve tickets in advance.

Ron Olson is Chief of the DNR’s Recreation Division. He said the new system will make drastic changes to the traffic flow through Mears.

“Course the big benefit here collectively is to basically revolutionize the way we do this. And so we set up the system as we described to you before where you can basically reserve it similar to a campsite six weeks in advance of the date you would like to come and prevent you from having to wait in a 4 to 5 or 6 mile line, and all that.”

The park is switching up the new system because lines for the park on weekends and holidays would stop traffic for miles through Mears.

Olson said this will be a trial year. The DNR will accept constructive criticism from the public to improve the program in the future.

No-Spills conference coming to Mt. Pleasant

In January specialists in the oil industry will be flocking to Mid-Michigan. The 25th annual No-Spills conference is scheduled for Mt. Pleasant.

Linda Hensel is Committee Chairman for what’s called the No-Spills conference. She said the conference will be an informative forum.

“Although we have vendors and they’re there because they want to meet potential clients, everybody in this conference is here because we want to know what’s actually going on in our field and related fields. I think that’s one thing that’s really important, this is not a hype type conference. The scope is very limited so that we are able to discuss the important things that need to be discussed.”

The organization is moving to a larger facility this year. The conference will be held in the Soaring Eagle Resort.

Hensel said the move is necessary because the conference is growing in size. She also said the location in the center of the state will be more accessible to the masses.

For more information on the event visit here.

In the interest of full disclosure, No-Spills is an underwriter of CMU Public Radio.

Recreation passports generate over $20 million in 2014

This is what your tab would look like with purchase of the Recreational Passport. Photo courtesy of the Michigan DNR.

This is what your tab would look like with purchase of the Recreational Passport. Photo courtesy of the Michigan DNR.


Who knew renewing your license plate tabs could be a segway into getting outdoors this winter?
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Northern Michigan officials say they have a new trail for winter enthusiasts

Winter is here, and DNR officials said a new winter trail is now available for people to use in northern Michigan.

Officials said they will be opening a new VASA pathway that has bicyclists in mind. They said they are holding a public meeting Nov. 20 to announce VASA trail changes. Continue reading

Muzzleloader season opens today in Michigan

One shot, one deer. The single shot deer hunting season kicked off Friday, Dec 5th.

Brent Rudolph is a deer specialist from the Michigan DNR. He said it’s important to remember the differences between hunting zones.

“Ya know we have different zones in the state that we use for a variety of different species actually. So zone 1 is upper peninsula, that’s pretty easy to identify. Zone 2 is from Muskegon over to Bay County. And we use those different areas because there’s a little different climate, there’s different habitat. And so any variety of our species there’s a need to manage a little bit differently according to those boundaries.”

There are three zones in Michigan. Zones one and two are both open until Dec 14th, while zone three affords hunters an extra week to bring home the venison.

Rudolph said zone three is open longer because there tends to be larger deer concentrations in that area.

For more information on hunting zones, or anything else season related, visit the DNR here.

Northern Michigan ‘Food Hub’ helps local businesses to grow


Michigan foodies said there’s more to local foods than cherries and wine.

And they said lesser known specialties like venison, hummus and beer are now available at stores thanks to what they call, a food hub.
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Cherry Festival officials discussing future changes


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For decades, Traverse City’s annual Cherry Festival has been a week-long celebration during the Fourth of July, and Monday, the Traverse City commission to discuss potential alterations to the festival.
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St. Ignace to host race across Mackinac Bridge

"Mackinac Bridge" by Original uploader was Jeffness at en.wikipedia. Later version(s) were uploaded by Sam at en.wikipedia. - Transferred from en.wikipedia. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons .

“Mackinac Bridge” by Original uploader was Jeffness at en.wikipedia. Later version(s) were uploaded by Sam at en.wikipedia. – Transferred from en.wikipedia. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons.

Temperatures are cooling and the fall colors are beginning to show – a perfect recipe for running a race across the Mackinac Bridge.
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