A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach

A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach, by Loreen Niewenhuis

A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach:
One Woman’s Trek of the Perimeter of Lake Michigan
by Loreen Niewenhuis

Crickhollow Books • March 2011
Trade Softcover, 200 pages, 6” x 9”
Travel Narrative / Women’s Adventure / Walking
$16.95 • ISBN 978-1-933987-15-6

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Women’s Adventure • Walking
Great Lakes Ecology • Environmental Issues
Science & Nature (Lakes)
Travel & Tourism:
Lake Michigan Places, Towns, Parks, Lighthouses, B&Bs, and Visitor Attractions


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Loreen Niewenhuis, Author


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of All Five Great Lakes

Crickhollow Books, 2013

A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Island Adventure:
One Woman’s Epic Journey
Exploring the Diverse Islands
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Crickhollow Books, 2015

“In her walk, Loreen Niewenhuis accomplished what many of us have only daydreamed about. Her adventure is told with verve and boldness, and she is a clear-eyed observer of the lake and its beautiful and sometimes ravaged shore. This book is a welcome addition to the literature of the Great Lakes.”
– Jerry Dennis, author, The Living Great Lakes


In 2009, Loreen Niewenhuis walked completely around Lake Michigan. A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach chronicles that journey, a long trek around the world’s fifth-largest lake.

The book explores both the geology of the lake and the measure of a person – a woman, married, mother of two sons (who joined her for portions of the walk). But most of the walk was done solo, an adventure in discovery of self and place.

Niewenhuis conveys a sense of the magnitude of the lake she loves, a place so elemental to the states which form its shores.

Day by day, from a ground-level perspective, the book explores the natural and human history of Lake Michigan . . . and raises important questions about preserving our wild places and protecting fragile ecosystems on which we all depend.


Loreen Niewenhuis writes short stories and essays, with her work published in literary journals, including the Antioch Review and Bellevue Literary Review. Her short-story collection, Scar Tissue, was a finalist in the 2009 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. She lives in Battle Creek, Michigan.