Lake Michigan Backroads: Your Guide to Wild and Scenic Adventures in Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana

Lake Michigan Backroads: Your Guide to Wild and Scenic Adventures in Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana

by Robert W. Domm

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ISBN-13: 9781610600897
Publisher: Voyageur Press
Publication date: 06/15/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 36 MB
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About the Author

Robert W. Domm is an outdoors writer and photographer specializing in fine art landscapes of the Great Lakes region. He is the author and photographer of Backroads of Michigan and other Michigan guidebooks. His images have appeared in Audubon and Sierra Club calendars; Audubon Field Guides, Time-Life, and National Geographic books; and Sierra, National Wildlife, Outdoor Photographer, Nature Photographer, and Nature’s Best magazines. He lives in Rives Junction, Michigan, with his wife, Donna.

Table of Contents


Part I The Sunset Coast: Dunes, Beaches, and Travel Destinations
Living Hills of Sand
Grand Haven to Muskegon
Pentwater and Little Sable Point
Ludington State Park
The Manistee River
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
The Leelanau Peninsula and Grand Traverse Bay
Wilderness State Park
The Straits of Mackinac

Part II The North Shore: Lake Michigan's Big Wild
U.S. Highway 2
The Hiawatha National Forest
Kitch-iti-kipi, the Big Spring
The Islands

Part III The Sunrise Coast: Wisconsin's Maritime Playground
Door County
Wisconsin's Coast

Part IV The Urban South: Travel at the Bottom of the Lake
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Warren Dunes and Warren Woods

Further Reading
About the Author/Photographer



One evening, I walked from the campground at Michigan's Fayette State Park through a stand of cedar trees and down to the beach. Even though the distance was short, the light was fading quickly in the thicket of trees, so I made mental notes of landmarks along the way to guide me back up to my campsite. Ahead through the trees, the sky above Bay DeNoc glowed in the muted pastels of twilight.

The beach at this part of Fayette State Park consists of low shelves of limestone rock, broken into tablets several inches thick and of various sizes like a field of shattered tombstones. A favorite pastime for beachgoers is to use the natural building blocks to construct stone forts, houses, and castles or to simply pile the flat stones as high as they can. I chose a spot with an unobstructed view of Bay de Noc and sat on a natural stone bench facing the water. The stone was warm to the touch, still holding the heat from the fading afternoon sunshine.

As it often does, the lake breeze had diminished with the setting of the sun, and with the calm, the water of the bay had stilled to a murmur of wavelets that quietly splashed on the shore. Sitting in the hushed, warm air, I had the sensation of looking out from the back of an immense auditorium toward a lighted stage on the horizon. Above, the backlit clouds glowed like a painted ceiling, and the black, restless water in front of me rustled like a crowd waiting in the darkness of the theater. Even though I sat in a place that was once home to a bustling nineteenth-century factory, and a campground full of RVs, tents, and trailers was less than a hundred yards behind me, I could sense the vastness andremoteness that is still a part of Lake Michigan.

Wild and isolated places still exist around Lake Michigan. In the heavily urbanized southern part of the lake, the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Michigan's Warren Dunes State Park provide an oasis of nature just a short drive from Chicago and Gary, Indiana. On Lake Michigan's eastern shore, state parks near Saugatuck, Silver Lake, Ludington, and Mackinac have preserved pristine dunes and quiet forests. Near Frankfort, Michigan, the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore holds 72,000 acres of wilderness in reserve, protecting wildlife habitat and providing a place to experience truly wild country. Along Lake Michigan's northern coast, the towns and villages are separated by miles of undeveloped shoreline and state and national forest land. Lake Michigan and its vast watershed contains many valuable natural resources, but perhaps the most valuable resource is the emotional connection that people have with this unique and beautiful body of water.

The words and pictures found in this book can only begin to illustrate the wonders that lie around the shores of Lake Michigan. In that light, I offer Backroads of Lake Michigan as a map from which you may plot your own course of discovery. Beautiful and interesting places abound around the shores of this Great Lake, and each one invites you to explore them with all your senses.

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