Get off the Couch — Explore Michigan

Quiet and nearby- Oceana’s Black Lake

July 26, 2012
Quiet and nearby- Oceana’s Black Lake

Black Lake in Oceana County is an inland lake of 26 acres located north of Walkerville on 176th Ave. Oceana County operates a small campground there, and day use is always allowed, free. There are 11 electric and 3 non-electric campsites, but you want to be sure to reserve early, because the sites fill quickly. Many campers rent by the…

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Alcoa-Howmet Provides Family Fun in Whitehall

July 15, 2012
Alcoa-Howmet Provides Family Fun in Whitehall

  At the southern end of the Hart-Montague Rail Trail is a section which passes near the Alcoa-Howmet casting plant. Recent improvements by Alcoa create some great opportunities for kids. For one thing, the trail passes through the Alcoa-Howmet Woodland Garden. Many sections of the trail in Montague and Whitehall have been adopted and the plant material has been improved…

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Berry Junction Trail- Connection in Progress

July 5, 2012
Berry Junction Trail- Connection in Progress

An additional eight miles of multi-use trail now extend south from the terminus of the Hart-Montague Rail Trail in Whitehall. This is the Berry Junction Trail, following the line of the former Chicago and West Michigan Railroad where Berry Junction was a real location on the railroad that linked Whitehall and Fremont.

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Magoon Creek Natural Area, a great view and a nice walk near Manistee

March 22, 2012
Magoon Creek Natural Area, a great view and a nice walk near Manistee

  GET OFF THE COUCH — EXPLORE MICHIGAN By JOAN H. YOUNG mcp outdoors blogger Just south of Manistee is a small natural area managed by Filer Township that offers a¬†great variety of options in a compact space. At Magoon Creek, you can picnic, hike, view Lake Michigan from a high bluff, or access the beach with a short walk.…

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Dreaming of Biking the Betsie Valley Pathway

March 18, 2012
Dreaming of Biking the Betsie Valley Pathway

GET OFF THE COUCH — EXPLORE MICHIGAN     By JOAN H. YOUNG mcp blogger   We’ve had our first taste of really nice weather this week, and as I write this column, I’m¬†thinking I might take the bike out for its first spin of the year this afternoon. I’ll probably just ride some back roads near home, but that…

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