Starting a Great Lakes island trek – sneak preview

Great Lakes Echo recently interviewed Loreen Niewenhuis in the middle of her third 1,000 mile hike. She’s the author of A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach and A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk. Both chronicle her hiking adventures around the Great Lakes. This time she is hiking, biking and kayaking on islands in each of the five Great Lakes. Read about it here LINK. Her third book, tentatively titled A 1,000-mile Great Lakes Island Adventure, is scheduled to be released in June 2015.

Mi-HUNT is now available on smartphones and tablets, as well as in its original desktop computer format. Image: Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Michigan offers hunting information on cell phone app

Have any spring hunting plans in Michigan? Well, there’s an app for that. In 2010, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, or DNR, launched the Mi-HUNT website,, that allows hunters and outdoor lovers to view about 10 million acres of land available for hunting and other outdoor recreation. Now, just in time for the spring turkey hunting season, you can get the same information on your cell phone or tablet. It works directly with a device’s global positioning system, allowing users to view maps of 10 million acres of public and private land open for public hunting.

South Manitou Lighthouse overlooks Lake Michigan on the coast of South Manitou Island. National Park Service photo by Kerry Kelly.

North Manitou and South Manitou islands get trail map treatment

The National Park Service and have produced new trail maps of a pair of Lake Michigan islands near Traverse City, Mich. North Manitou Island and South Manitou Island, part of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, have been added to’s Classic Trails of Michigan map series. Each map illustrates trail grades, primitive roads, maintained trails and unmarked modern and historic pathways. They also mark historic sites, ruins, natural features, elevation changes and hiking amenities found throughout the islands. Each map costs $4.95, and are available at the Sleeping Bear Dunes Visitor Centers,, the Manitou Island Transit ferry company and outdoor shops throughout the state.