For Sept. 22, 2017
1 – You can learn about the effects of invasive plants during free boat tours on Lake Huron.
Bay County and a group called Saginaw Bay Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area is offering half-hour public tours to showcase phragmites treatment efforts.
The tours leave every half hour from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from the Finn Road Boat Launch in Essexville on Sept. 29, the Quanicassee Boat Launch in Fairgrove on Sept. 30, and Eagle Bay Marina in Standish on Oct. 1.
Those who join can learn about the effects of invasive phragmites on recreation and the ecosystem of Saginaw Bay. Local naturalists will explain the issues caused by these invasive plants and showcase areas where treatment has killed a majority of the infestation.
The tours will take place aboard charter fishing boats and are family friendly.
2 – Friday, Sept. 22, is the first day of fall.
Fall color is predicted to peak throughout October in Michigan, depending on the location. The Pure Michigan website has a map to find out the best times to visit different areas of the state.
The state Department of Natural Resources also notes that fall camping is available for people traveling north to view the colors.
Reservations are reported to be much easier to find in the fall, and officials say campgrounds are less crowded.