Gear Up for Fall Fishing in Pure Michigan

Fall is a great time to go fishing on the beautiful Great Lakes. We’ve added some brand new items to the Pure Michigan Store that will be sure to make your next fishing trip a breeze.

The Pure Michigan Store offers a variety of items to help prepare you for the ultimate Pure Michigan fishing experience. Here are just a few of our favorites.

Fishing Lure Kit

Keep your fishing lures organized with a Pure Michigan Fishing Lure Kit. This compact kit won’t take up precious space with your fishing essentials.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Tray Tackle Box 

From bait to bobbers, store all your fishing supplies in this durable Pure Michigan tackle box. This box is the perfect accessory to accompany you on your next fishing excursion.

 

 

 

 

 

Book of Flies

If you love fly fishing in Michigan, then this beautifully bound book is a brilliant way to display your plentiful collection of flies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are just some of the many Pure Michigan products available online. Visit the Pure Michigan Store at www.puremichiganstore.org to see the full line of clothing and accessories. And if you’re looking to learn more about fishing across the state, check out our infographic on Fishing in Pure Michigan or visit michigan.org/fishing for more.

Five Great Lakes in 24 Hours

Kathryn Kinville and Shelby Kear are two proud Michiganders who met in college. They recently took on the challenge of conquering all five Great Lakes in one day. Today, Kathryn shares their adventure on our blog.

Shelby Kear and I have been friends since 2003 when we met our freshman year at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids.  Shelby is from Petoskey and I am from Northville, and we are both proud to be called Michiganders!  When Shelby saw someone wearing a t-shirt that said, “I swam in all five great lakes in one day,” we knew what we had to do – a great adventure to all the Great Lakes.  And what a perfect day: 5-24-2012, 5 great lakes in 24 hours!

The Chevy Equinox was packed with beach towels, swimsuits, and a cooler full of Guernsey Farm Dairy Chocolate Milk and water.  Waking up at 5:45 a.m., we grabbed a quick breakfast, brushed our teeth, and put on our swimsuits.  By 6:15, we were at stop number one – beautiful Lake Michigan.  Let’s just say there was no need for coffee; the chilly water woke us right up!  

Stop number two was Lake Superior at 8:30 a.m. in Sault Ste. Marie.  The water was low so we had far to walk until the water was deep enough to swim.  By that time our toes were popsicles, but we still managed to go under water and swim around.  It was a beautiful morning, but we couldn’t stay long, as we still had three more lakes to swim in that day.

The longest drive of the trip was from Sault Ste. Marie to Sarnia, Ontario.  We made one stop to get gas, ate our turkey sandwich lunches in the car, and cruised right along.  After 5.5 hours we were ready to get out of the car and there was no hesitation getting into the water at Lake Huron.  It was 2:30 p.m. and the water felt refreshing!  It was a hot day and there were many people at the park. It was a perfect beach day, but we couldn’t stay.  We had places to go and more lakes to swim in. 

By 6:00 p.m. we had arrived at Hamilton, Ontario, just in time for rush hour traffic.  After a couple of “navigational corrections,” we finally found the lake front to swim in Lake Ontario.  It had already been 12 hours and we had been to so many amazing places. 

The sun was setting over Lake Erie at Port Stanley, Ontario at 9:00 p.m. It was beautiful!  The water was rejuvenating.  We were overjoyed by what we had just accomplished!  Something any Michigander would be proud of!

Two friends, 15 hours of driving, 882 miles, swimming in all five Great Lakes in one day!  Mission Complete!

Along the way there were a few things we learned and some advice we want to share:

  1. Bring a waterproof camera.
  2. Remember cell phones (and GPS on cell phones) do not work in Canada.
  3. The advice my dad gave me, “Don’t be shy about it.  Don’t think how cold the water is, just get in.”
  4. Remember your passport.
  5. Enjoy every minute of the trip!

Have you ever thought about taking an adventure like Kathryn and Shelby? For fun information on the Great Lakes, ideas for Michigan road trips and more, visit michigan.org.

From Our Community: Spring in Pure Michigan

Earlier this week, we asked our Facebook fans to finish the following sentence: My favorite thing about spring in Pure Michigan is …

The overwhelming response proved that spring is a favorite time of year for many Michiganders. Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite responses.

“The warm days and the cool nights” – Greg VanWagenen

“LILACS!!!!” – JoAnne Morrison-gonzalez

“The first trip to the beach in Ludington!” – Ashley Jones

“…the green trees and blue sky” – Jonathon Arntson

“Hot dogs at a Tigers game!” – Casey Laney Bahle

“reading a good book outdoors in the park under a tree.” – Jeff A Williams

Fishing! And Michigan is a beautiful state when it’s blooming!!!” – Carolyn Freyburgher

“Everything! To experience the world around you waking up from a long, cold winter is truly incredible!” – Amanda Jankowski

“The clean, fresh air!” – Sondra LaFreniere

“…the start of the many Farmer’s Markets in the State.” – Jim Maslanka

“The sunrise over Lake Superior” – Linda Storms

“Making restaurant reservations at all the amazing places in Traverse City and Suttons Bay!!” – Kirsten Hinshaw

“Morels!!!” – “Marsha Williams Watson

“the smell of fresh cut grass and the smiles on everyone’s faces that you see!” – Debra Tithof

“Walking around downtown Jackson in the sunshine.” – Autumn Rose Wood

“Too much to list. Everything!!!” – Mark Credell