Reed Travel Features
DETROIT -- Michigan's geographic diversity offers visitors a
wide selection of adventure travel options.
Clients can spend the night in a tepee replica at six state
parks for $20 a night or go ice fishing in a Great Lakes bay.
They can go mountain biking on old logging trails along the edge
of the Huron Mountains or go "moose spotting" in remote wetlands
Or they can rent sea kayaks -- the long, sleek variety that
knife silently through the water -- on more and more Michigan
lakes, especially Lake Superior.
Among the parks that rent tepees are Holly State Park, 30 miles
northwest of Detroit; Indian Lake State Park, just outside
Manistique, and Interlochen State Park, near Traverse City.
For information, call Michigan State Park Reservations at (800)
Meanwhile, elk and moose have returned to Michigan.
Clients can pick up a free copy of the Moose Locator Guide at
the Marquette County Convention and Visitors Bureau. For
information or a copy call (800) 544-4321.
The largest elk herd east of the Mississippi roams free in the
woods of the northeastern lower peninsula, near Atlanta.
In winter, visitors can sign up for sleigh rides into elk
country. For information, call (800) 424-3022.
Sled-dog racers will tackle the 240-mile UP Sled Dog 200 race
from Marquette to Escanaba and back Feb. 13 to 17.
Spectators at the finish line will be free to listen to music,
drop a line at a fishing tournament, chow down on pancakes and
dance until the last participant crosses the tape.
For information, call the Marquette County Convention and
Visitors Bureau at (800) 544-4321.
Visitors now can parasail above the waters of the Grand Traverse
In addition, tandem leg-powered water cycles recently were
introduced in East Bay.
For information, call the Traverse City Convention and Visitors
Bureau at (800) 872-8377.
If land sports are more to your client's liking, Michigan
Bicycle Touring in Kingsley offers 20 two- to five-day trips
throughout the state, including mountain biking on the rugged old
logging trails along the north shore of Michigan's Upper
Clients ride two to four hours a day along Lake Superior
beaches. Accommodations are in a lighthouse/bed-and-breakfast
Some itineraries combine biking with canoeing, kayaking and
The company's 1997 season runs from May 9 to Oct. 19.
For information or reservations, call (616) 263-5885.
Scuba divers can practice in the nearly 2,000 square miles of
Among them are the Keweenaw Peninsula; the Alger Preserve at
Munising; the Manitou Passage between Sleeping Bear Dunes and the
Manitou Islands; the Marquette Bottomland Preserve, and the Straits
These places are strewn with the wreckage of centuries' worth of
Great Lakes shipping.
Each of these sites has diving-charter operations and dive
For additional information on dive operators, call the Michigan
Travel Bureau at (800) 5432-YES .