Description - Northern Michigan represents idyllic America a land of glacial remnants and warmhearted people. With thousands of miles of public lands stretching from Lake Michigan to Lake Huron, the area is a conglomerate of rolling and forested hills with white sand beaches and towering 460-foot dunes rising above two Great Lakes. Ancient glacial phenomena, beautiful shorelines, important economic waterways, and a host of culture features are woven into Northern Michigan. Beautiful stands of hardwoods and conifers are the backdrops to historic sites that include Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corp projects, centuries old lighthouses, and reminders of our nation's early timber industry. Northern Michigan wildlife will intrigue visitors. From coastline marshes that serve as a stop over for migratory bird life to interior lands where the largest free-roaming herd of elk east of the Mississippi lives, Northern Michigan invites the visitors to discover its many treasures.
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American Black Bear, Euarctos americanus
- Recreation opportunities in Northern Michigan are outstanding. The Huron-Manistee National Forests comprise almost a million acres of public lands extending across the travel region with opportunities that include campgrounds located along waterways, angling and canoeing waters that stretch thousands of miles, scenic driving, elk hunting, wilderness backpacking, mushroom gathering, off-road vehicle riding, and much more. The state owned lands in Northern Michigan are found on many inland lakes that serve as popular boating and fishing destinations. Favorites include William Mitchell State Park, located between Cadillac and Mitchell Lakes, North and South Higgins Lake State Park, and Interlochen State Park. Access to the Great Lakes and the bays can be found at destinations such as Traverse City State Park and Harrisville State Park. The many parks provide day use and overnight facilities, perfect getaways for swimming, sunbathing, hiking, mountain biking, boating, fishing, hunting, camping and numerous winter sports.
Recreation - Travelers will find comfortable overnight accommodations in both public and private locations where swimming, hunting, fishing, hiking, boating, scenic driving, nature study, bird watching and an array of winter sports dominate the outdoor pursuits.
Climate - Northern Michigan normally experiences mild summers with average temperatures around 70 degrees F (21 degrees C). Winter temperatures average 14 - 22 degrees F (-10 to -6 degrees C). Yearly rain and snowmelt in the region averages 28 - 36 inches but can be dramatically altered by the "lake effect," thus depositing significant amounts of snow within a short period of time causing hazardous road conditions.
Northern Michigan comprises the northern Lower Peninsula with major cities including Traverse City, Cadillac, and Alpena. The primary highways through the region include Interstate 75, U.S. Highways 131 and 27, and State Routes 72 and 55.