Michigan – Great Outdoors

The USA’s longest freshwater coastline

With more than 19 million acres of forests, 11,000 inland lakes and 36,000 miles of rivers and streams, you are never far from an opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors in Michigan. Hiking, biking, boating, fishing, hunting and camping are just a few of the ways to experience nature’s bounty in the state.

Start with the parks and trails – home to seven national parks, heritage areas and trails; three national forests, 103 state parks and recreation areas and countless other nature preserves and trails all offering a peaceful respite from life’s hectic pace.

The USA’s longest freshwater coastline means a stroll along sandy beaches can extend for hundreds of miles and a boating adventure can include ports of call in quaint waterfront communities and vibrant cities. Michigan also offers one of the world’s best freshwater fisheries with trout, walleye, bass and salmon popular with anglers.

Top outdoor adventure areas in Michigan:
  • Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore
  • Hiawatha National Forest