Michigan’s Hidden Mountain Range

The Porcupine Mountains in the Upper Peninsula are every back-country camper’s dream. 60,000 acres cover untouched Michigan forest, full of sugar maple, yellow birch, and eastern hemlock trees. Fantastic waterfalls and hidden natural springs flow into Lake Superior at the northern crest of the park. Many other lakes are within the forest and easiest to see […]

15 September Michigan Events That Aren’t Just Oktoberfest

15 September Michigan Events - The Awesome Mitten

It’s true, there are other events in Michigan during the month of September that are not just Oktoberfest. Before we get into all of those, there are people who might come to find out when they can celebrate. So here are some Oktoberfest celebrations you can attend. Oktoberfest Celebrations across the state Frankenmuth begins the […]

4 Reasons To Go Kayak Fishing This Summer

Kayak Fishing at Sunset. Photo courtesy of Kayak Fish the Great Lakes

Living in a state that is surrounded by and covered with fresh water lakes, it’s no surprise that kayaking and fishing are two of the more popular pastimes around here. But have you tried combining them? Kayak fishing combines the best of both worlds, and here are four reasons why you should give it a […]

The Best Dock Fishing Spots Across The Mitten

While Michigan has enough lakes to accommodate nearly any size boat, fishing isn’t just for those out on the open water. From Lake Michigan to Lake St. Clair to Lake Superior, and everywhere in between, our state also features an abundance of dock fishing and shoreline fishing spots that can be just as good for casting and […]

The Only 3 Things A Mitten Angler Needs To Get Started

So you’ve seen the fishing pictures, and you’ve been hearing about how our lakes are full of beautiful bass, walleye and salmon, but you don’t know where to start? Look no further! Even the most unaccustomed angler can get started with just a few basics. Regardless of experience, every angler needs the right equipment. Being surrounded by […]

Quell Cabin Fever With A Trip To Tawas

In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer. – Albert Camus Living in northern Michigan means getting creative when it comes to winter activities or you will be spending the better part of a year inside your house. With spring patiently waiting around the corner, there is […]

Hardcore Boat Prep For The Avid Angler

When you’re a die-hard angler, taking care of your tackle, boat, rods and reels during the off-season can include some extreme boat prep measures. Of course, “off-season” could be anytime these days, because there are so many forms of fishing here in Michigan, but bass anglers will know what I’m talking about. So what do you do when […]

An Ice Cold Adventure: Ice Fishing

When you live in the fine state of Michigan, winter can be a blue time of the year. Luckily there are many winter activities you can participate in that make the snow and cold a little more bearable, and my favorite is ice fishing! As a kid of the backwoods, ice fishing is nothing new to me. […]

Steelhead & Trout Fishing in the Mitten State

Steelhead and trout fishing in the Mitten state only lasts for a short period of time, so get your waders on and get ready! Our true diehards travel to the Northern part of Michigan to fish from October to mid December, and then you’ll find them right back at it again in March. There are several […]

25 Strangers: A West Michigan Photo Journal

Inspired by the Humans of New York project, I took the time to walk around my own area — Muskegon, Fruitport, and Grand Haven — to talk to strangers about their favorite parts of Michigan. Here are their photos and stories: What is your favorite place to relax? Nita:  “Heritage Landing, you get a chance to […]

A Day at Lake St. Clair – On the Water and on the Shore

Lake St. Clair is a freshwater lake that lies between Michigan and Ontario, Canada. As part of the waterway between Lake Erie and Lake Huron, this water system is roughly 430 square miles. Despite recent concerns, the water quality has been consistently improving in Lake St. Clair. The proof? Muskellunge (musky), walleye, bass, trout, blue gill, and […]

Houghton Lake #MittenTrip: Learning To Live The Lake Life

“I don’t think I know how to be a lake person.” The words spilled out of my mouth during a conversation with my husband as we drove toward Houghton Lake, the destination for our end-of-summer #MittenTrip. As someone who didn’t grow up in Michigan, I couldn’t quite grasp the concept of what it meant to […]

Bass Thumb – The Painful Sign of a Good Day

We all know Michigan is shaped like a mitten, thanks to glaciers from 10,000 years ago. One of the most noticeable features is the thumb, and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that thumb is surrounded by water. If you are used to spending your summers on the lake with a tender thumb, you know […]

Fishing for the Hell of It

You might be a Michigander if you know WHY Paradise is colder than Hell. Location, right? Speaking of Hell… The famed town in the Southeast region of the Mitten is unique in many ways. Whether you are visiting Screams Ice Cream, Hell Hole Diner, or buying your own small plot of land, this town became famous […]

Michigan’s Best All-Season Sports

One of the most intriguing aspects of Michigan is the glory of its changing seasons. The irony is that even though the weather changes, the sports do not. A majority of the summer sports can easily be converted into winter sports with just a few adjustments. Read on to discover which are my favorite multi-season […]

“Daylight in the Swamp!”: A Michigan Hunter’s Tale

“DAYLIGHT IN THE SWAMP!” The dust is shaken from the 1960s’ Airstream Trailer as Dean, a lifelong member of the deer camp, throws open the door and wakes me and 2 other men with a holler. Normally it takes a series of alarms to get me out of bed, but every November 15th, merely whispering […]

Head Upstream! Grand Haven Salmon Festival 2014

While Coast Guard Festival is a huge hot button term around Grand Haven, drawing in over 300,000 visitors this summer alone, September is all about salmon in West Michigan. September 12 – 14, 2014 is a weekend to plan for as the Grand Haven Salmon Festival enters its 11th year.  Starting on Friday, the event begins […]

Kevin VanDam: Bassmaster Elite Series Pro

The Awesome Mitten (Kevin VanDam)

Most people don’t find their passion at 3 years old. Kevin VanDam isn’t most people. VanDam, or KVD as he’s known as in the fishing world has been winning tournaments since he was a teen, and reeling in Classic victories since 1990. Pun intended. Kevin joins the Michigander Selfie Series as a native from Kalamazoo. […]

Fishing for Hunger in the UP

St. Mary’s River in in Sault Ste. Marie is famous for its spectacular display of walleye, salmon and whitefish, but on Saturday, June 14, it will be the setting for an event to fight hunger. Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank is hosting Fishing for Hunger, a tournament to support hunger relief in the Eastern Upper Peninsula. All […]