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Snow Trekking in the Straits

Posted on December 12th, 2018
According to, “From Europe to North America to Asia, people began using snowshoes over 4,000 years ago out of a basic need explore new territories and to find food in the winter…the great success of snowshoes for winter travel was first observed by European explorers with Northe… READ MORE

Shedding Light on the Haunted Lighthouses Near Mackinaw City

Posted on October 18th, 2018
Michigan is home to more than 120 lighthouses and the Straits of Mackinac boasts nearly two dozen of those lights—and a handful of THOSE are rumored to be haunted. Among the most spirited beacon is the crumbling Waugoshance Shoal Light which stands in ruins off the coast near Wilderness State Park… READ MORE

Rock On…in the Straits of Mackinac!

Posted on October 15th, 2018
Ben from Clio shows off his first painted rock find from Mackinaw City (August 2017). According to the Editors of Encyclopedia Britannica on, “rock art, ancient or prehistoric drawing, painting, or similar work on or of stone…includes pictographs (drawings or paintings), p… READ MORE

This Autumn, Explore These Mackinaw City Area Scenic Byways

Posted on September 27th, 2018
Michigan is home to many Pure Michigan Byways which celebrate the state’s outstanding natural beauty and many sites of historical, scenic, recreational and cultural significance. Several of these routes are easily accessible from Mackinaw City, including: State Scenic Byways:
  • M-119 “Tu

Celebrate National Lumberjack Day in the Straits of Mackinac

Posted on September 15th, 2018
Yes, there is a National Lumberjack Day—and it falls each year on September 26 (this year, a Wednesday). One of America’s most noted lumberjacks is none other than Paul Bunyan (who has his “own” day on June 28). A lively tale about this towering woodsman was written by Sarah Pruitt and publis… READ MORE

Experience Michigan Trails Week in the Straits of Mackinac

Posted on September 1st, 2018
A new season is upon us and throughout the Straits of Mackinac area, acres of woodlands surround scenic trails ideal for exploring during the fall color tour season—especially during Michigan Trails Week, September 22-29. Michigan Trails Week concludes on National Public Lands Day, a day for v… READ MORE

Mackinaw City at the Heart of Northern Michigan Rum Running

Posted on August 31st, 2018
The 110-foot USRC Mackinac, later USCGC Mackinac, was built in Baltimore, MD in 1903. It was stationed in Sault Ste. Marie and served the United States Revenue Cutter Service from 1903 to 1915 and in the United States Coast Guard from 1915 to 1917 and again from 1919 to 1939, patrolling the Straits of MREAD MORE

History Carved in Wood

Posted on August 14th, 2018
Scattered around Mackinaw City are several wooden sculptures carved by local resident Jerry Prior, each depicting a person of historical importance in town. Prior started wood sculpting in 1989, shortly after he retired from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), where he worked as… READ MORE

Celebrate National Lighthouse Day in the Straits of Mackinac

Posted on August 1st, 2018
By Dianna Stampfler Michigan has more lighthouse than any other state (at nearly 120) and the Straits area is home to more than a dozen of these historic navigational aids. You’re invited to celebrate National Lighthouse Day (August 7) in the heart of the Great Lakes. I first started researching M… READ MORE