Michigan – Michigan Department of Natural Resources Events from June 23rd through July 6th of 2012.

Children looking at animal pelts

Start your summer with us!
Join us at the DNR’s official Kickoff to Summer celebration in Detroit this weekend, June 22-24. The fun and festivities take place each day at Milliken State Park from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., part of the popular Detroit River Days.
Activities and demonstrations include camping, fishing, archery, animal furs, kayaking, geocaching and plenty more. Cool off with a free sample of Hudsonville’s Pure Michigan Caramel Apple ice cream, the official flavor of Michigan state parks. Yum! More details >>


Fly fishing
Ever wondered how fly fishermen make it look so easy to sweep their lines over the water? Learn how it’s done at Otsego State Park on June 27 with the pros who run Tight Loops Fly Fishing. They’ll show you how to cast and how to bait a hook, and have you reeling in fish in no time. More details >>
… and just plain fishin’
If traditional fishing is more your style, we’ve got learn-to-fish events scheduled at parks across the state, including at Ludington State Park on July 3, and Maybury State Park in Northville and Mitchell State Park in Cadillac, both on July 4.

Girl making a kite

Tap into your creative side
Make one of summer’s simple pleasures – a kite! We invite you to feel like a kid again and share that experience with your own children at Ludington State Park on June 25 or Charles Mears State Park in Pentwater on July 2. The pros at Air Fun Kites will provide all the materials to make your own, unique kite. If the weather’s right, we’ll take them out for a test flight!
Newaygo State Park and the Newaygo County Council for the Arts have teamed up to offer two classes on June 23. At Watercolor Wilderness 101, learn painting techniques of wash, resist, glazing and alternative materials used to create texture. At Impressions of Nature, make a beautiful keepsake to take home. We’ll use objects found in the park to make calligraphic prints using a variety of ink colors and bold, colorful paper. Sign up for one or both.

Fireworks display and flag

Let freedom – and fun – ring at Michigan state parks
Make memories with friends and family and celebrate our nation’s independence at a state park. Each park offers slightly different festivities, from bike parades and fireworks to freedom walks and readings of the Declaration of Independence.
Van Riper State Park in Champion, June 30
Charles Mears State Park in Pentwater, July 3
William C. Sterling State Park in Monroe, July 3 and 4
Hartwick Pines Logging Museum in Grayling, July 4
Interlochen State Park in Interlochen, July 4
Tawas Point Lighthouse in East Tawas, July 4

Looking Ahead…
If you’ve got a bike and are ready for a scenic, leisurely tour in the Upper Peninsula, check out the Michigan Iron Industry Museum’s Iron Ore Heritage Trail Bike Tour on July 7 and 8. This six-mile tour begins at the Ore Heritage Trail Head and winds through Old Town Negaunee to Cliffs Shaft and back just in time for a picnic lunch. We’ll make a few stops along the way to learn about the history of mining. More details >>


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