Great Lakes = World Class Sportsmen Destination

The Huffington Post recently ran a story touting the 27 Reasons The Great Lakes Are Actually the Greatest. 


Pyramid Point overlooking South Manitou Island, Lake Michigan

Couldnt agree more.

Having said that, I would like to add a major addition to this strong list of reasons…

The Great Lakes are a World Class Sportsmen Destination.

Having spent all my life either living in northern Virginia, Virginia Beach or West Virginia, I was raised an east coast kid.  I spent time fishing for brooktrout and smallmouth in the Appalachians; an occaisional deer hunt on my Uncle’s farm near Covington, VA; and certainly hiking many miles along certain stretches of the Appalachian Trail with my First Colonial High School buddies.  Having the ocean, rolling hills of the piedmont, and the mysterious Blue Ridge Mountains provided me with plenty of outdoor pursuits.

So, its safe to say that I was a little nervous moving out here to Michigan almost 10 years ago.  Thus, I didn’t fully appreciate what I was moving to.

After a short time here, it became clear (how clear?  crystal!) that I had moved to a world-class sportsmen destination.  I quickly adopted the Great Lakes as my new home.

The Great Lakes are home to a diverse assortment of fish and wildlife.  You can hunt all the major big game species (deer, bear, elk, moose); all the major upland game birds (pheasant, ruffed grouse, woodcock, and even sharp tails); and millions of ducks and geese.

You can fish all the major sport fish such as walleye, perch, small and large mouth bass, whitefish, lake trout, salmon, steelhead, brookies, and browns. We have blue ribbon trout streams and is home to Trout Unlimited (founded by a passionate group of wicked helmsmen on the Holy Waters of the Au Sable River).  Even Field and Stream ranked Michigan the best state to fly fish.  Take that Montana and Alaska!

Dude – we are even home to a living and breathing dinosaur  – the lake sturgeon.


Sturgeon caught in Wisconsin

Moreover, if you can see where you live from space…you are clearly living in a special place…


Of course Ann Arbor is covered with clouds. credit – NOAA

Dont take my word for it.  Come on out here and experience the Great Lakes Outdoors for yourself.  You wont be disappointed.

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