Tepee, Anyone? Or Kayaking, Sleigh Riding, Biking, Diving?


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 and woods.

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) 5432-YES.

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 Bay.

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 Peninsula.

Clients ride two to four hours a day along Lake Superior beaches. Accommodations are in a lighthouse/bed-and-breakfast property.

Some itineraries combine biking with canoeing, kayaking and hiking.

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 "underwater parks."

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 of Mackinac.

These places are strewn with the wreckage of centuries' worth of Great Lakes shipping.

Each of these sites has diving-charter operations and dive shops.

For additional information on dive operators, call the Michigan Travel Bureau at (800) 5432-YES .

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