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March Outdoors

When the calendar page flips to March, we know we’ve made it through another Northern Michigan winter. Sure, there might be a snowstorm or two left in Old Man Winter’s quiver, but nothing’s going to stop us from getting outside to witness the newness of the Earth. So break out the galoshes and insulated waders, and get ready to embrace springtime! Here are a few of our favorite spring activities, courtesy of the Cherry Republic Marketing Department.

Late April along the Grand Traverse Bay means that spring is around the corner, and if you run, walk or bike along the lake you’ll see and hear the telltale signs that lake life is beginning again. Boats are coming out of storage and taking to the water, waves are crashing against the shore, and the birds are singing to celebrate warmer weather after a long winter.
— Ellie Kebler, Digital Marketing

In March the trout in Michigan’s rivers begin to become more active as the water temp warms and snow melts. Brown trout become more active and their metabolism increases after the long winter. Without hatches, they often will feed on bait fish. It’s a great time to catch and release some of the larger fish in the river system. Keep at it, they’re in there.
— Brett Sanders, Graphic Design

Extra pairs of gloves, ice crampons, and other pieces of gear needed for winter landscape photography make their way back into my closet. Spring can be a dice roll for great photos, as much of the nature has yet to return, but it never fails to be a peaceful time to be out hiking.
— Matt Zubik, Social Media

Take a late April hike through the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and you are sure to be rewarded with a smattering of colorful wildflowers. My favorites are these cheery purple hepatica — a member of the buttercup family — heriocally pushing up through a floor of soggy winter leaves, reaching for the spring sunshine.
— Mary Winowiecki, Communications

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