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Go Grayling!

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Follow the cars hauling canoes, kayaks and fishing gear to Grayling for the full river experience. The editors of Michigan Travel Ideas share their picks for enjoying the Au Sable River, home to some of the state’s best trout fishing. 

River Fun
Clustered along the Au Sable River, a handful of outfitters offer canoe and kayak trips. Sign up for a two-and-a-half-hour trip, an all-day excursion or even a five-day expedition to paddle the 120 river miles to Oscoda. more...


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The Forgotten Coast: A Lighthouse Tour of Michigan’s Thumb

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When you think about all the lighthouses in Michigan, where is the first region you think of that has the most lights? Probably the Upper Peninsula, maybe the Lake Michigan shoreline comes in a close second right? The Upper Peninsula does have the most lighthouses coming in at an amazing 57, but truth be told, the sunrise side of the Lower Peninsula comes in second with 34 lights. If you remember your history this all makes sense, because most of Michigan was developed by pioneers and explorers that arrived by ship, thus they arrived at the east coast first.  more...


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Through The Blue

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Raising awareness of postpartum depression by becoming the first married couple to complete a 50 mile ultra-marathon swim across Lake Michigan this summer! August 15, 2012. Help us spread the word.  more...



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Great Lakes: Great Inspiration

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The Great Lakes inspire people to do great things.

Or at least very quirky things.

Whether it’s raising awareness for a cause or just being near the water, people use the lakes as backdrops for adventure.

Echo recently featured Jenn Gibbons, rowing the perimeter of Lake Michigan to raise money for a rowing team of breast cancer survivors.

And in April, we covered two Minnesota bicyclists circling the perimeter of the Great Lakes. They’ve now reached Michigan and are traveling up Lake Huron’s western coast.

They aren’t the only ones whom beach-goers should look out for this summer:  more...



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40 Years of Deliverance and Canoe Tripping hasn’t been the Same Since

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Deliverance movie poster

July 30th will be the 40th anniversary of that film that made everybody terrified to canoe down rivers, Deliverance.

Staring Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ronny Cox and Ned Beatty, Deliverance is the story of four friends who decide to canoe down the (fake) Cahulawassee River in Georgia before the valley is flooded by the construction of a dam. Scariness ensues over the next hour and a half.  more...



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Detroit River refuge plans dock, fishing pier

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A new dock for use by school groups and a public fishing pier are envisioned as part of a hub for environmental education and outdoor recreation at the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, organizers announced today.

The dock and pier are part of a $2.8 million project at the Refuge Gateway, which is located next to the refuge's 410-acre Humbug Marsh unit. Canadian railroad operator CN is contributing $200,000 for construction of the dock and pier at the former industrial site in the Detroit suburb of Trenton. more...



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New law removes grooming permits

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Gov. Rick Snyder has signed into law a measure allowing beach-front property owners on the Great Lakes to uproot or mow plants, cut paths and smooth sand with hand tools or machines without a state permit. Supporters say it's time to ease up, although few permit applications have been rejected.

Property owners still will need approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  more...


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Laser Radial Youth Worlds Bronze for USA's Mitchell Kiss

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US Sailing Development Team member Mitchell Kiss (Holland, Mich.) won a bronze medal at the 2012 Laser Radial Youth World Championship held June 29 – July 4, in Brisbane, Australia. Racing was hosted by the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron and sailed on Moreton Bay.

Kiss recorded top-10 scores throughout the seven-race series, except for an 11th, which he used as his discard result. He finished with 27 points, only three points behind the first and second place sailors, who tied on points: Hermann Tomasgaard (NOR) and Andrew Mckenzie (NZL), respectively. more...


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