Celebrate Free Fishing Weekend with youth ice derby Saturday

Posted on February 12th, 2019
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By Chris Engle, contributor This weekend marks the winter edition of a twice-annual Michigan tradition wherein fishing license fees are waived and families are encouraged to get out and fish together. It’s one thing to be able to fish for free during the aptly named “Free Fis…

Bear Lake Nature Pathway: Welcome to beaver country!

Posted on November 30th, 2018
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By Chris Engle, contributor
There’s a lot to love about Big Bear Lake near Vienna Corners in eastern Otsego County. The beach is sandy and wide. Perch fishing from a boat is some of the best around. Just up the road, Big Bear Trading Post routinely has 8 flavors of soft-serve ice cream on…
The second of three largemouth bass, caught on consecutive casts. Photo by Chris Engle

Fishing & exploring Waters’ overlooked camping hotspot

Posted on October 12th, 2018
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By Chris Engle, contributor Otsego County’s southernmost state campground overlooks a small body of water seen by thousands of people every day but visited by almost no one. Lake Marjory is a juxtaposition of northwoods cabin life and the hub-bub of interstate travel, and floatin…
A German Shephard looks down the trail at Dead Man's Hill in the fall.

Top 5 Scenic Fall Vistas in the Gaylord Area

Posted on September 29th, 2018
By Christy Walcott As autumn approaches each year, you can’t help but feel excited when you see the first leaves melding from their usual green state to varying shades of red, orange and gold.  It’s those peek-a-boo moments through the lush greenery and the sudden crisp air filling your lu…

Beating the banks for bushy tails

Posted on September 20th, 2018
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By Chris Engle, contributor An acorn’s toss across the county line sits Shupac Lake, the northernmost state-forest campground in Crawford County and the place where we took one final summer camping trip for some hunting, fishing and paddling. For most of the campers there with boa…

Sending the kids to wander

Posted on August 31st, 2018
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By Chris Engle, contributor “She may be growing up in Hawaii, but she’s got Michigan blood,” Chelsea laughed as we watched our 4-year-old niece charge through the hardwoods. The daughter of my brother and his wife, Konoha found herself in the middle of a sprawling oak f…

Live Here, Play Here

Posted on August 20th, 2018
By Christy Walcott Gaylord is my hometown and while I do enjoy venturing out and seeing what other communities have to offer, it goes without saying that my heart is always at home.  I make it a priority to take some time off during our perfect northern Michigan summers, but instead of venturing n…
A true-color photo of a smallmouth bass caught on Otsego Lake

Catching the colors of summer

Posted on June 23rd, 2018
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By Chris Engle, contributor Spring officially ended this week but ask just about anyone who lives and fishes here and they’ll tell you summer kicked off sometime in May when temps went above 60 for a few consecutive days. I’ve spent the last month telling my out-of-state frien…
A gorgeous young largemouth caught on a fly

Hello, high water!

Posted on May 25th, 2018
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By Chris Engle, contributor These are the evenings I dream of all year – especially back in mid April as I begrudgingly dug myself out of a late-winter snowstorm along with everyone else in Gaylord. It was that historic snowfall of 30-some inches in one weekend which has helped make the com…

Sandals in the Snow

Posted on May 5th, 2018
By Christy Walcott There’s just something about spring that’s hard to explain.  With the first warm day, whether it occurs in early March or holds off until late April, you feel your senses awaken.  The crisp, pure winter air is replaced with all the scents you’d forgotten – damp