Russula michiganensis is similar to other russulas that first redden and then blacken with handling and aging. Initially it is white and has a convex shape which becomes gray-brown, flat and then vase-shaped with maturity. Its whitish gills are subdecurrent, very close, narrow and blacken with age. It has also many short gills. The stipe is stuby, firm and white to brown and reddens then blackens with bruising and time. The spore print is white. The taste is slowly acidic. Russula michanganensis is relatively uncommon. It can be found associated with oaks from July through September. Not edible.