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Thursday, August 13, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday signed legislation creating more opportunities for quality outdoor recreation by authorizing $28.7 million in Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grants. "Over the past months as Michigan continues to combat COVID-19, we've seen just how important having access to public land, developed parks, trails

tags: Environmental Impact, Law & Politics, Dept of Natural Resources

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Michigan Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Mark Zitnik insists he was just doing his job, though the off-duty officer recently risked his own life to save a swimmer from strong Lake Superior currents. Zitnik and his family were enjoying a Saturday afternoon (July 25) boating on Munising Bay in Alger County. As

tags: Dept of Natural Resources, Feel Good Story, Lake Superior, Safety

Monday, August 10, 2020

It’s a message that bears repeating, especially during the final stretch of Michigan summer. When swimming, kayaking, boating or fishing, put safety first and never underestimate weather, water conditions or the value of a life jacket. Strong currents can happen in all water types and depths, even shallow water. Lt. Gerald

tags: Canoes & Kayaks, Dept of Natural Resources, Safety, Boating 101

Friday, August 7, 2020

Sharing shorelines with four of the five Great Lakes, fisheries-wise what happens in Michigan definitely doesn’t stay in Michigan. The Wolverine State has developed a fantastic Great Lakes sport fishery, which includes native lake trout, brown trout, steelhead, and several salmon species that have been introduced to our inland

by: Dan Armitage

tags: Environmental Impact, Fishing, Dept of Natural Resources

Monday, August 3, 2020

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has approved more than $400,000 in funding through the Coastal Management Assistance Grant (CMAG) program for five projects in Mentor, Euclid, Jefferson, Rocky River and Rossford that will improve coastal planning, public access, and water quality. “ODNR is proud to partner with

tags: Dept of Natural Resources, Environmental Impact, Lake Erie, Awards

Sunday, August 2, 2020

In this era of social distancing, many people are discovering, or rediscovering, the pleasure of time on the water. Paddle sports are a great way to explore the beauty of Michigan’s lakes and rivers, and now they also can be an opportunity to protect these precious resources. With support from the Michigan Invasive Species

tags: Water Toys, Canoes & Kayaks, Dept of Natural Resources, Education, Environmental Impact, Paddleboards

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

You may have seen construction equipment on the water in the St. Louis River Estuary, but do you know what is really changing at each habitat restoration site in Minnesota and Wisconsin and why? Now, there is a new tool that can help you see how these projects are addressing the historical loss of fish and wildlife habitat in the

tags: Dept of Natural Resources, Environmental Impact, Lake Superior

Monday, July 27, 2020

With more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline and thousands of miles of rivers and streams, Michigan offers ample opportunity to traverse the state over the water – no matter the size or speed of your vessel. While designated water trails are a relatively recent development, use of Michigan’s waterways for

by: Casey Warner, Michigan DNR

tags: Water Toys, Canoes & Kayaks, Dept of Natural Resources, History, Paddleboards, Travel

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Due to high water levels on Lake Michigan, accessibility limitations, and COVID-19 and social distancing concerns, Rock Island State Park will be closed for the remainder of the year. The Washington Island Ferry Line had suspended trips to and from Rock Island State Park earlier this year and have extended that suspension through the

tags: COVID-19, Dept of Natural Resources, Lake Michigan, Travel

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Please remember to practice social distancing when fishing, including remaining six feet away from other anglers. If you arrive at a fishing area that is congested, please consider finding another area to fish. Lake Superior Summer fishing on Lake Superior can present successful fishing trips for anglers using a variety of tactics.

tags: Dept of Natural Resources, Fishing, Great Lakes

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