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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Here are 19 backroads drives around Lake Michigan, showing you the grand lake as never before in this richly illustrated exploration of the Great Lake’s history, culture, ecology, and natural beauty. The big blue inland sea--the only Great Lake entirely within U.S. borders--appears here in all its natural diversity. These day trips take you to the ancient forests and vast sand dunes of Michigan and Wisconsin and on beautiful backroads in Illinois and Indiana. Lake Michigan Backroads conducts readers through the lake’s varied landscapes and seasons, pausing at popular and little-known destinations for a look into life on the lake then and now.


Here are the shining blue waters plied by the Chippewa and Menominee, by the Jesuits and the voyageurs, and by countless immigrants seeking a new life. And here, in brilliant photographs and historical images, in anecdotes and thoughtful text, are their stories, inextricable from the story of the Great Lake itself. Lake Michigan Backroads speaks eloquently of remarkable natural resources and great promise, of immigration and trade, of devastating storms and human calamity, and of the people and their love of the lake. And their story plays out against Robert Domm’s exquisite images, which evoke the lake’s greatness through its days of calm and of stormy fury, the play of sunlight on its surface and the sweep of its shore in both autumn finery and the restless ice of winter.

Product Details

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

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