Michigan Department of Natural Resources

HOUGHTON, MI--   Trail restoration work is set to begin Monday on the Houghton to Chassell rail-trail.

Segments of the trail were severely impacted during the 2018 Father’s Day flood, which also caused millions of dollars of damage to other DNR-managed trails in the region. This summer’s initial work phase will include brushing, ditching, culvert cleaning and sediment removal.

For more information on recreational trails in Michigan go to Michigan.gov/dnrtrails.

Rob Dunstone

MENOMINEE COUNTY, MI--   The Department of Natural Resources is wondering where a bull elk in Menominee County came from. 

The young elk was first reported by a private landowner June 6 about 10 miles from the Wisconsin border. Additional sightings have been reported since then. They include unconfirmed reports of an accompanying cow elk.

The bull has a three-digit orange ear tag in its left ear. It has not been seen clearly enough to be read.


ONTONAGON, MI--   The Michigan National Guard is helping the Department of Natural Resources make improvements to Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.

The effort is part of the guard’s Innovative Readiness Training Program, which combines military skills with community resources. The 1432nd Engineer Company will provide the majority of manpower and equipment, while the DNR will provide the raw materials, project scope, and limited equipment.

The partnership will repair roadways, armor an eroding shoreline, update buildings and replace a 100-foot-long culvert.


LANSING, MI--   The Department of Natural Resources has announced opening dates for campgrounds, harbors and other outdoor spaces.

Camping at rustic state forest campgrounds and overnight stays at DNR-managed harbors resume June 10.

Camping, overnight lodging facilities, day-use shelters, and sanitation stations in state parks and recreation areas reopen June 22.

Park amenities like bathroom buildings, hand-washing stations, trash services and others will open in phases.

LANSING, MI--   The Department of Natural Resources is committed to providing Michigan residents the opportunity to share input and ideas on policy decisions, programs and other aspects of natural resource management and outdoor recreation opportunities. 

One important avenue for this input is at meetings of the public bodies that advise the DNR and, in some cases, also set policies for natural resource management.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   A Chippewa County man has been arraigned on 125 misdemeanor wildlife charges, following a months-long investigation by the Department of Natural Resources.

Kurt Duncan, 56, of Pickford was arrested for illegally harvesting 18 wolves over the past 18 months and killing and disposing of three bald eagles.

LANSING, MI--   The Michigan Natural Resources Commission is considering new deer hunting regulations and wants to know what hunters think. 

Department of Natural Resources officials say the regulations would provide additional opportunities and cost savings for hunters. Proposed for the 2020 deer hunting season, the rules are scheduled for an NRC vote in June.

LANSING, MI--   The Department of Natural Resources says the impact of COVID-19 on state and federal budgets has delayed work on planned projects indefinitely.

One of those projects is construction of a single, multi-use trail corridor between Dollar Bay and Lake Linden. The new route would merge portions of three state-managed trails that run parallel for roughly 14 miles.

MARQUETTE COUNTY, MI--   The Department of Natural Resources will not put a gate at the Silver Lake Basin boating access site in Marquette County. 

Earlier this year the DNR said increased popularity of the site had created problems like shoreline camping, littering and human waste. Officials proposed putting a gate up and making the site walk-in only, but input from boaters and anglers indicated a gate would make access more difficult.

LANSING, MI--   In response to the