recreation en Michigan outfitter takes customers on winter rafting trips <div><p>When I say "river rafting," you probably conjure up images of a beautiful warm day – maybe a packed picnic – but what about gliding down a Michigan river in the heart of winter?</p><p>Scott Harper and his wife have been taking people on winter rafting trips down the East Jordan River in Northern Michigan for the past 15 years.</p><p>They co-own Jordan Valley Outfitters in East Jordan.</p><em>*Listen to the interview above.</em> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 22:05:00 +0000 Stateside Staff 16695 at Michigan outfitter takes customers on winter rafting trips Stateside: Hike, bike and kayak the Great Lakes <p>Midwest residents may have three new ways to enjoy the Great Lakes.</p><p>At a conference in Saugatuck this week, Western Michigan University geography professor Dave Lemberg will discuss plans for a 1,600 mile route along Lake Michigan.</p><p>Lemberg spoke with Cyndy about the details of the route. Thu, 08 Nov 2012 20:42:54 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9843 at Stateside: Hike, bike and kayak the Great Lakes Feds, state kick in $44M to finish Detroit riverfront project <p>Efforts to complete a recreational development project along Detroit&#39;s east riverfront are getting a $44 million boost from the federal government and the state, reports the Associated Press.</p> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 18:32:55 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8397 at Feds, state kick in $44M to finish Detroit riverfront project 1 in 4 in Michigan buy optional state park pass, $6 million extra raised <p>The new system to help fund Michigan state parks was a success in its first year.</p><p>Before the &quot;Recreation Passport&quot; system was put in place, park visitors had to buy annual or daily window stickers.</p><p>Now, people can get access to the parks by paying an extra $10 when registering their motor vehicle at the Michigan Secretary of State (window stickers and daily passes are still an option if you didn&#39;t pay extra at the Secretary of State).</p><p>The $10 annual fee is a lot less than the $24 people used to pay for an annual window sticker, but because more people participated, more money was raised.</p><p>From the MDNR:</p><blockquote><p>In 2011, the program&#39;s first year, the DNR set a goal of 24.3 percent participation by Michigan motorists. Final tallies for the first year show that the goal was met and exceeded, with 24.7 percent of Michigan motorists checking &quot;Yes&quot; to support the Recreation Passport when renewing their motor vehicle registration. In total, the revenue generated by the sale of the Recreation Passport was $18,816,500.</p></blockquote><p>Those who paid extra for access to Michigan&#39;s state parks have a tiny &quot;P&quot; printed on their license plate renewal sticker (the rectangular sticker on the upper-right part of the Michigan license plate).</p><p>Michigan DNR spokesperson Mary Dettloff says park rangers have gotten really good at spotting that tiny &quot;P&quot; from a distance.</p><p>For 2011, that little &quot;P&quot; signifies $6 million in extra revenue for the park system.</p><p>When lawmakers set up the new program, they anticipated the extra revenue. The $6 million will be be broken up according to a formula in the law:</p><ul><li>State Parks - Capital Outlay (50 percent): $3,043,250</li><li>State Parks - Maintenance (30 percent): $1,825,950</li><li>Local Park Grants (10 percent): $608,650</li><li>State Forest Recreation (7 percent): $426,055</li><li>Cultural/Historical Facilities in State Parks (2.75 percent): $167,379</li><li>Marketing (0.25 percent): $15,216</li></ul><p><br>The MDNR recently announced the recipients for <a href=",4570,7-153-58225_58701-265132--,00.html">local park grants</a>. The local grants range from a minimum of $7,500 to a maximum of $30,000. MDNR officials say if revenues increase with the new &quot;Recreation Passport&quot; program, the maximum grant amount will increase as well.</p><p>24.7 percent participated in the program this year. Next year&#39;s goal is 30 percent. Wed, 23 Nov 2011 20:18:04 +0000 Mark Brush 5124 at 1 in 4 in Michigan buy optional state park pass, $6 million extra raised Snowmobile permits rising $10 to $45 in Michigan <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The state is increasing snowmobile permit&nbsp;fees for the 2011 season.</p><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday that this season the price for a permit is $45, an increase of $10 over&nbsp;last year&#39;s price.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The fee will be $45 through the 2015 snowmobile season.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A state law signed in 2008 provided for the incremental increase&nbsp;in snowmobile trail fees, which support maintenance and grooming of&nbsp;the state&#39;s snowmobile trail network.</div><p> Tue, 08 Nov 2011 15:20:24 +0000 The Associated Press 4873 at Snowmobile permits rising $10 to $45 in Michigan State might allow mining in the Waterloo Recreation Area <p>The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment wants to allow sand and gravel mining in the largest park in the lower peninsula &ndash; the Waterloo Recreation Area.</p><p>The DNRE is considering allowing mining on 72 acres of the 20,000 acre park.</p><p>It would be the first time mining would be allowed in the Waterloo Recreation Area.</p><p>Aggregate Industries, a Maryland-based company and a subsidiary of a Swiss-owned company, wants to do the mining.</p><p>The company has already been mining right on Waterloo&#39;s western boundary. Tue, 08 Mar 2011 19:32:09 +0000 Rebecca Williams 1549 at State might allow mining in the Waterloo Recreation Area Suing for quiet recreation in the forest <p>A man who’s been dogging the U.S. Forest Service to make some parts of the Huron Manistee Forest off limits to gun hunters and snowmobilers won his case in federal court this fall.</p><p><a href="">As Bob Allen reports</a>, the Court says forest managers have to consider setting aside roughly 70,000 acres for quiet uses such as hiking, bird watching and cross country skiing.</p><p>Kurt Meister sued the Forest Service as one citizen, and it's unusual to get as far as he has with his legal challenge.&nbsp; He says:</p><blockquote><p>“This case isn’t about hunting. It’s not about gun hunting. It’s not about stopping gun hunting. It’s simply saying it shouldn’t be everywhere. And if you make it everywhere, you’re affecting other people’s rights.”</p></blockquote><p>The Forest Service points out they have to manage forests for multiple uses, and try to balance those uses with a minimum amount of conflict.&nbsp; Jeff Pullen is a biologist in charge of writing the plan for the Huron Manistee.</p><blockquote><p>“Really, if you look at the 2,000 or so comments we got on the plan, we had one person asking for this. And we felt, from an agency perspective, it didn’t seem reasonable to develop a separate alternative that looked at this issue that one person was raising.”</p></blockquote><p>&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 16 Dec 2010 18:47:47 +0000 Rebecca Williams 621 at Suing for quiet recreation in the forest Top places to travel in Michigan <p>Michigan Radio listeners are having a conversation on <a href="!/michiganradio">Facebook </a>about their favorite places to travel around Michigan.</p><p>Most are sharing. Some, like Trevor, are keeping their secrets, &quot;If I&nbsp;told you I'd have to kill you.&quot;</p><p>Here's the list so far:</p> Fri, 03 Sep 2010 17:25:09 +0000 Mark Brush 56 at Top places to travel in Michigan