I found my first ones in the Big Rapids area on April 16th two years ago. Unfortunatelty I moved to Florida last year and to my dismay it is the only state that doesn't have morels. God help me, why did I move here . Happy hunting to my friends in Michigan. May the long winter and large amounts of moisture bring you a bountiful harvest.
The weather cooled down today but no worries it will be in the 60 this weekend and 70 Sunday then 75 on Tuesday
2nd -3rd week in May should be right on for the white/yellows from Cadillac on north The blacks will likely be over or in their very last stage Some will disagree with this but that's ok by me but you should do well if the moisture continues..Jim McK
Thanks that sounds like I might be right on time. I will be in Whitehall specifically but plan on cruising the whole Manistee NF range. I'm doing my weather/mushroom dance everyday until then, hope the Morel Gods like the hillbilly shuffle.. Looking forward to a beautiful stay in Manistee either way. Any opinions on things to do besides mushrooming appreciated.
I might charter a fishing vessel as a gift for my old man, might not be around much longer and I want to help knock some things off his bucket list. And finally: anyones opinion on the mushroom festivals (Mesick or Boynes)?
sermak1, I appreciate the link and the encouragement but there is nothing on that link suggesting any morels were found in Florida. It is just announcing the chance to come hunt in Florida. There are a lot of edible mushrooms in Florida but alas the morel is not one of them. Happy hunting all.
On the north side of Cadillac take Boon Rd. which is the street in front of Meijers west until it T's turn right and follow that road north stay north and vere left and it changes into 30th rd. stay on that road until you see 15 1/2 mile rd where it's an intersection, not the first one,. Turn right onto 151/2 mile road go across railroad track and up a small hill just past the hill to the right there is a road that goes into the national forest make a sharp right hand turn onto it. Watch out for the pot holes. follow that road but stay on it at an intersection ahead vere left stay on it go north until you pass some pine trees planted and you'll see a big grassy area on both sides of the road. a dirt road comes in from the west. From that area you can locate morels anywhere. Don't worry about all the people up there I huint there every year I go and always find some pounds.
It's all good, really. I like to hunt the Manistee ,Traverse City and Cadillac triangle. You might want to google map the directions I gave. Remember you still have to hunt it's a big area. Even without me giving exact GPS co-ordinates, you'll still have fun. Off of 15 1/2 rd. you'll want to follow USFS road 5031 to where it intersects with W22 1/2 rd. and N 17 road. Then you can hunt north, south, east, west, or any direction. I've even hunted the outside perimeter of that big grassy area and found some even with people camping there. No one finds them all. Just pack a lunch, take a compass and plenty of foaming soap to rub on your legs for chiggers.
Dale, be sure to post every spot specifically you are going to in those states BEFORE you arrive so all the locals can welcome you with open arms. LOL. Seems only fair posting openly other people's hard earned places right? Come on Dale you can do it!!!! Let them know ahead of time.......it will be fun!
Morelseeker, I am taking my 13yr old daughter to northern MI for the holiday weekend and thought we might do some morel hunting. I saw you gave some areas around Cadillac but wondered if you be kind enough to give me some directions to places I might try along M115, M37, M31 south of Traverse City or whereevr you might think would be a good place show teenager that Michigan out-of-doors can be more fun than a cell phone and facebook. To avoid people getting mad about you revealing locations you could send me a email at [email protected] Thanks - Greg
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