Field Guide: Summer 2021

Michigan’s beautiful water trails, Cherry Festival update, Great Lakes cruising, and more.
Photo by David Lewinski

CHERRY FEST RETURNS: The 95th National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, with in-person, virtual, and hybrid events, is July 3-10. The Arts & Crafts Fair and the Old Town Car Show will be held in a separate location. Due to COVID restrictions, the Bayside Music Stage and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds air show will not take place this year.

GREAT LAKES CRUISING: Dreaming of exploring the Great Lakes? Victory Cruise Lines includes several Lake Michigan and Lake Superior cities as ports-of-call on its small-ship round-trip Chicago itineraries. See the variety at

STATE PARK DIGITIZES: The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has launched a Facebook page called Michigan State Parks, Trails and Waterways to focus on its 103 state parks, 13,000 miles of state-managed trails, 1,300 state-sponsored boating access sites, 140 state forest campgrounds, and 83 public harbors.

WATERWAY WONDERS: Boaters and paddlers can experience all or part of the 40-mile scenic Inland Waterway connecting Crooked Lake near Petoskey, the Crooked River, Burt Lake, Indian River, Mullet Lake, the Cheboygan River, and Lake Huron at Cheboygan. Along the route are state parks, campgrounds, nature preserves, and paddle and pedal options.

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