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When You Go Rustic Camping; Go Rustic

Posted on April 22nd, 2021
As part of its Project Rustic this summer, the Michigan DNR is promoting its system of small rustic campgrounds with Paige Lackey visiting 77 of Michigan’s 145 state forest campgrounds. She’s going to pull up in a 33-foot-long Class C motorhome that features two slideouts, sleeps up to sev… read more

Supporting Your Trails Voluntarily

Posted on November 27th, 2020
November has been nice to us with a surplus of mild days to continue enjoying hikes in the woods and bike rides on paved paths. In this pandemic era of COVID-19 that has been a welcomed gift. Whatever else you say about this year, the popularity of trails has been undisputable. In the latest Trail Talk bl… read more

Improving a Passport to Michigan’s Parks & Trails

Posted on December 14th, 2018
In this Trail Talk blog from MichiganTrailMaps.com, Jim DuFresne looks into a last-minute bill in front of our lame-duck legislators that is incredibly important to anybody who loves Michigan’s parks and trails. Don’t forget our a holiday sale is still on for a few more days; save 2… read more

If Not Us, Then Who Pays?

Posted on June 20th, 2018
As the traditional outdoor sports of hunting and fishing decline in participation, there is concern about who is going to pay for the upkeep of our woods, waters and wildlife. Jim DuFresne looks into that issue in the latest Trail Talk blog from MichiganTrailMaps.com and concludes it has to be the re… read more
A hiker crossing the old boardwalk along the Jordan River Pathway.

Shaving a Mile Off a Day’s Hike

Posted on June 8th, 2016
The new Manistee River Trail and Hoist Lake Foot Travel Area maps from MichiganTrailMaps.com In our latest Trail Mix e-Newsletter, Jim DuFresne pondered how far he’s willing to go to shave a mile from a day’s hike (with a backpack on no less). It drew considerable response so we’… read more
Honeymoon Cabin in the Green Timbers tract of the Pigeon River Country State Forest.

Losing Honeymoon Cabin For Good

Posted on May 1st, 2015
The DNR Parks and Recreation Division has announced the removal of Honeymoon Cabin in the Pigeon River Country State Forest. Too bad, that was Michigan’s most amazing trailside shelter and we have only ourselves to blame. Want to check out the cabin before it’s gone? Order the MichiganTrailMa… read more
Fat tire bikers following a trail in winter.

Fat Bikers & Skinny Skiers: A Trail Conflict

Posted on May 6th, 2014
Trail conflicts are nothing new and they are not going away. Jim DuFresne looks into the latest; fat tire bikers and cross-country skiers, in this Trail Talk blog entry. Don’t forget, our newest map is now out and available from our e-shop.  The 11 by 17-inch, two-sided map covers the Lakeshore T… read more

Missouri Top Trails State! Show Me Why

Posted on December 2nd, 2013
North Mantiou Island Map Back by popular demand MichiganTrailMaps.com is staging its holiday sale again. Order a book and we’ll throw in one our trail maps, a $4.95 value! Order any book from our e-shop — maybe Isle Royale National Park: Foot Trails & Water Routes, Backpacking In Michigan o… read more

Selling A Book and Taking On Amazon

Posted on February 28th, 2012
Jim DuFresne It was a Sunday when the new MichiganTrailMaps.com e-shop was launched and then those of us who had worked tirelessly for three months to build it … waited. Patiently. What else could we do? The first order is always the hardest and as Sunday rolled into Monday and Monday rolled into Tue… read more

Driving Father Jack’s Buick

Posted on November 8th, 2011
I’m driving a new car. No, let me re-phrase that; I’m driving a newer car. I picked up a Saturn Vue that is three-years old and has 43,000 miles on it. It’s high tech. For the first time I can use my IPod in my vehicle. It has remote start for those mornings when the windows are all frosted up and during… read more
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