Month: June 2012

Norway Reservoir and Menominee River Boating Access Temporarily Close

The Norway Reservoir and Menominee River Railroad Dock boating access sites will close temporarily in July for improvement projects, the Department of Natural Resources said today. The Norway Reservoir site in Dickinson County will close Monday, July 9 for necessary repairs. Project managers anticipate completion by Friday, July 13. The site will reopen upon completion of the project. The Menominee River Railroad Dock site in Menominee County will close Monday, July 16 for installation of a new concrete boat ramp. Project completion is tentatively scheduled for Friday, July 27. The site will reopen upon completion of the project. The nearest alternative public boat launches are the River Park and Marina launches in Menominee. Both boating access site improvement projects are funded through the Michigan State Waterways Fund, a restricted fund derived from boat registration fees and the Michigan marine fuel tax, which is used for the construction, operation and maintenance of recreational boating facilities, harbors and inland waterways. For more information or updates about these projects, contact Baraga State Park Unit Supervisor Dan Dowdy at 906-353-6558. To locate public boat launches in Michigan, visit http://www.mcgi.state.mi.us/mrbis/. Bookmark It Hide...

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UPPER PENINSULA Weekly Fishing Report

  Ontonagon:  Fishing is good for lake trout all through out the bay. Many were caught just out from the mouth on the Ontonagon River as well on Spin-n-Glows. Spoons in greens, blues, and oranges have been good colors. A few Coho have also been showing up in the catches. The Ontonagon River is yielding walleye. Bond Falls Flowage is yielding good crappie catches. Marquette: Anglers did fair over the past week targeting lake trout. Best areas producing were east of Marquette towards Shot Point in depths of 160 to 180 feet of water, the White Rocks and Granite Loma. Good numbers of lake trout were being caught jigging at Stannard Rock producing many fish averaging four to 15 pounds. Menominee:  Most of the boats are targeting Chinook salmon. Salmon and brown trout are being caught in front of the Menominee marina in 50 feet of water. Anglers are also trolling on the north and south side of Green Island with fair to good results.  Water levels near the dam are still fairly low which makes for low numbers of fishing effort. Shore anglers near Stephenson Isle were catching a few smallmouth bass, freshwater drum and rock bass. These anglers are using minnows and crawlers while still fishing. Menominee River:  Anglers trolling the Menominee River are getting many freshwater drum, channel catfish, smallmouth bass, northern pike and some small class walleye with a few larger walleyes...

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Weekly Fishing Tip: Eating Safe Fish in Michigan

There are many benefits to eating fish, but anglers should be aware that some fish have mercury, dioxin, PCBs or other chemicals in them that can be bad for your health if you eat too many. The Michigan Department of Community Health’s Eat Safe Fish Guide helps you learn about eating safe, local and healthful fish from throughout the state. Their “3Cs” message is simple and easy to remember when it comes to eating safe fish: 1. Choose – Take a quick quiz at www.michigan.gov/eatsafefish to determine if you are at a lower or higher risk when eating fish from Michigan waters and which species you should look for. 2. Clean – Learn about cleaning techniques (including trimming as much fat from the fish as possible) to help remove chemicals from the fish. 3. Cook – Discover cooking techniques that can be used to remove even more chemicals from the fish. Fishing in Michigan is lots of fun! Be informed and check out the Eat Safe Fish Guide to help protect yourself and your family from chemicals that could someday make you sick. For more information, visit www.michigan.gov/eatsafefish. Bookmark It Hide...

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Celebration Spotlights Michigan Wilderness Protected by Historic 1987 Legislation Events at Sylvania Wilderness on July 15 and Horseshoe Bay Aug. 18

Lansing–Twenty-five years ago, a bruising 10-year battle over the wilderness designation of less than one percent of Michigan’s three million acres of national forest lands had split the state’s conservation community in two and challenged lawmakers to take a stand on an issue considered a political hot potato. Within this contentious climate, in 1987 Congress passed the Michigan Wilderness Act, protecting 90,000 acres of spectacular old growth forests, lakes and dunes around the state that became these beloved wilderness areas: Big Island Lake, Delirium, Horseshoe Bay, Mackinac, McCormick, Nordhouse Dunes, Rock River Canyon, Round Island, Sturgeon River Gorge, and Sylvania. “A decade-long campaign was an incredible undertaking, but none of us involved will ever question whether or not it was worth it when we look at the splendid shores and wild heart of Michigan that are this heroic effort’s living legacy,” says Jane Elder, a passionate advocate who walked the halls of Congress and hiked wilderness trails to help win the fight. “Even though this was, at times, a divisive and emotionally charged issue, over the years we found common ground across rural and urban areas, in both parties, and in both houses of Congress,” she adds. “This momentum carried us to a presidential signature in 1987.” In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Act, the Sierra Club Michigan Chapter is hosting several events to tell the gripping...

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Operational U.S. Army Reserve Assists in Guatemala

By Maj. Carlos M. Cuebas U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers are currently building a new school at the Sarrax-Och village, located approximately 30 kilometers outside Coban city, in northern central Guatemala. During their rotation, the Army Reserve Soldiers from Puerto Rico are… Chief Warrant Officer Two Miguel Velazquez, acting commander of the 471st Engineer Company, U.S. Army Reserve-Puerto Rico, talks with the Sarrax-Och’s children at their temporary school in Coban Province, Guatemala. A convoy of U.S. Army Reserve troops assigned to the 1st Mission Support Command drive through the rugged terrain of northern central Guatemala in order to continue their job building a new school at the Sarrax-Och village, in Coban Province… U.S. Army Reserve engineers assigned to the 1st Mission Support Command are currently playing a critical role during the U.S. Southern Command Theater Security Cooperation exercise known as Beyond the Horizon. The BTH mission is designed to foster… In addition to the school project, the U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers are working in a maternity delivery room at the Carcha municipality in Guatemala. Sgt 1st Class Samuel Rivera-Ramos, construction supervisor, in the 471st Engineer Company, U.S. Army Reserve-Puerto Rico, reviews the design of the new school kitchen in Coban Province, Guatemala. Rivera Ramos applied his civilian skills as… U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers are currently building a new school at the Sarrax-Och village, located approximately 30 kilometers outside Coban city,...

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