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More than 17 years ago, a successful Michigan attorney took his life on a cherished trout stream, devastating close friends and family. Haunted by what happened, his nephew investigated and discovered tragic truths that were in plain sight all along.

After a challenging summer and fall, we're all wondering what the ski season has in store. Don't worry: resorts are working hard to open and ensure a safe experience for everyone, and there are plenty of other ways to delight in the white stuff. Here's the lowdown. 

A guide to key ballot measures and Senate and House races that will have huge impacts on the way we address climate change

'Going Nocturnal' gives us a glimpse of the annual hatch of a giant mayfly and the large trout that emerge at night to feed on them

In the spirit of Thoreau and Dillard, Donovan Hohn considers the joyous and brutal aspects of the natural world

'Solar Detroit,' from production company Duct Tape Then Beer, highlights the impact a few solar panels can have on a neighborhood

From Hawaii to the Swiss Alps, what are the epic trips that nobody else is doing? We found a few.

You can get away on a dime at this time of year

You can set up your own, off-the-cuff version of summer camp in one of these stellar settings

Michigan-raised writer Dean Kuipers and his brothers had a problem with their father: he had alienated all of them, and his attempt to regain their affection with a hunting property he’d bought only made things worse. Then something wonderful happened, rooted in their shared love of wild places. An exclusive excerpt from Kuipers's new memoir ‘The Deer Camp.’

Surfers on Lake Michigan are getting sick, and they think they know why

Line 5 is the name of a 65-year-old oil pipeline running across the floor of Lake Michigan and it's ready to burst.

At these five parks, the food is the treasured resource.

Every year, the Upper Peninsula town of Munising hosts the Michigan Ice Fest. Last month, a certain celebrity rock climber attended the event, working with pro ice climber Angela VanWiemeersch to learn to climb a different type of face.

With new technologies to keep their singletrack in perfect condition through the winter, it's no wonder this wild sport is catching on.

A crew of midwestern riding enthusiasts is pioneering grooming techniques for fat-bike trails that have extended the bike season year-round and added 80 miles of snowy singletrack to the city

If there’s anything better than an epic day outside, it’s reliving it over great food and drink. From mountain decks to beachside watering holes, our favorite après spots have mastered Cajun fries, crustaceans, and craft ales.

Presenting the best burgs on the planet

Make the most of summer with these 48-hour ­adventures, from surfing in Texas to tasting your way through Oregon’s wine country

Mountain Biker Eric Porter's quests for the best singletrack in the world has taken him to Ecuador, Guatemala, Utah, and now the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Famously cold and frighteningly massive, Lake Superior contains 10 percent of the world's surface freshwater, holds the remains of 6,000 shipwrecks, and offers a lifetime of adventure. Stephanie Pearson sets out to circumnavigate America's most overlooked playground.

Blame Danny is from filmmaker Aaron Peterson that features The Marji Gesick 100 which is a cross country mountain bike and trail running race held annually in Marquette, Michigan.

Sure, the Great Lakes have a lot to offer when it comes to recreation, but the region still doesn’t make many surfing or fishing bucket lists. But for those willing to fight the weather, there’s plenty of feisty winter steelhead and freshwater waves to be chased, all in the same weekend.

In our ongoing Weekly Escape series, we aim to transport you from your desk to an incredible place in two minutes or less.

In our ongoing Weekly Escape series, we aim to transport you from your desk to an incredible place in two minutes or less.

As winter creeps in, many would think it's time to put their bikes in hibernation. Not so for the folks at Trek.

If you’re going to endure a trail-running race, you may as well do it someplace beautiful

Shooting at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan was a highlight of the project, Lowe says, because he had no idea anything like it existed in the national parks system.

You can hang in Cancun with the rest of the world, or head to one of these less well-known spots for a real ocean adventure.

Spurred by hipster idealism, the former automobile capital of the world is enjoying a post-bankruptcy renaissance. Rents are low, millenials are moving in, and the old neighborhoods are buzzing with potential.

Pack up the surfboards and the mountain bikes but don’t get too lost in adventure, there’s plenty to eat and drink as well.

One man and his canine pal cover 13,000 miles in 32 states to discover just how strong our relationship is with man's best friend.

Pet-friendly American suburbs make ideal habitats for skunks, and populations of the bushy-tailed moochers have exploded in recent years. Time to investigate an outbreak that's bringing the wrong kind of funk to summer nights.

Hit up Best Towns 2014 winner Duluth, Minnesota, then hike and bike your way to Michigan's renowned shores.

The world's oldest fermented beverage is back, and some creative brewers are making the modern version downright chalice-worthy

An environmentally-friendly cabin perched above the water

Imagine surfing on a wakeboard while a big-ass kite pulls you across the water—and occasionally out of it. This is kiteboarding in horribly reductive terms (but you knew that already). Let’s get to the part where pro kitesurfer Damien LeRoy answers the question in question. Damien…

Plenty of snow in the winter, lots of time on the water in the summer.

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