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Illinois June 11-14

Illinois Free Fishing Days are scheduled for June 11-14. For more information on fishing in Illinois, check out the 2010 Illinois Fishing Information guide at www.dnr.state.il.us/fish/digest/  or check the website www.ifishillinois.org  .  Organizations planning special Free Fishing Days events can contact Tom Munroe at (217) 524-5861 or by e-mail at tom.munroe@Illinois.gov  for information on promoting fishing.

 

For more Illinois info: www.dnr.state.il.us/fish/digest/

 

Indiana June 5-6

Hoosier adults do not need a license or a trout/salmon stamp to fish Indiana waters during Free Fishing Weekend. Children age 17 and younger do not need a fishing license at any time. Although Indiana residents need no fishing license to fish public waters on Free Fishing Weekend, all other fishing regulations are still in effect.

 

Load up the car with friends, family and fishing poles and enjoy a FREE weekend of fishing. Check out a new lake or river, or introduce friends and family to a favorite fishing spot. Indiana residents do not need a fishing license or a trout/salmon stamp to fish Indiana waters.  Kids and adults can celebrate Free Fishing Weekend, June 5-6, at recreation areas located across Indiana that are planning fun fishing derbies, casting clinics, fish-cleaning demonstrations and cooking classes.  Don’t know where to fish? Check out the amazing Where to Fish interactive map.  

 

For more Indiana info: www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/3598.htm

 

Michigan June 12-13

Two days twice a year, families and friends can enjoy one of Michigan's premiere outdoor activities, Michigan Fishing, for FREE!   All fishing license fees will be waived for two days. Residents and outstate visitors may enjoy fishing on both inland and Great Lakes' waters for all species of fish. All fishing regulations will still apply.

 

For more Michigan info: DNR - Free Fishing Weekends

 

Minnesota June 11-13

Minnesotans who want to catch some quality family time are encouraged to take advantage of Take-A-Kid Fishing weekend, which is June 11-13, 2010. Minnesota residents 16 and older can fish for free during these days when they accompany an angler 15 and under.  Take-A-Kid fishing weekends occur the first Friday, Saturday and Sunday after the first Monday in June.

 

For more Minnesota info: Free Fishing Days 2010, Travel Brochures, Maps etc - Saving Advice

 

Ohio May 1-2

 

Pennsylvania June 6

Fish for Free Days allow anyone (resident or non-resident) to legally fish for Pennsylvania’s most popular fish without a fishing license. Each year the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission's Executive Director designates 2 Fish for Free Days. No fishing license is required to fish on Pennsylvania's waterways on these days. All other fishing regulations still apply.

 

Fish for Free Days are the perfect opportunity to introduce a

 

friend or relative to the lifelong sport of fishing. There’s no

better way to enjoy Pennsylvania’s great outdoors than a day of fishing with the entire family.

 

For more Pennsylvania info Pennsylvania Fish for Free Days

 

New York June 26-27

Each year, the last full weekend in June is designated as Free Fishing Days in New York State. During those two days, anyone can fish New York State waters, and no fishing license is required. Since no license is required, it is the perfect time to take a friend or relative fishing.

 

In addition to the June Free Fishing Days weekend, there are a number of "Free Fishing Events" held in various locations across the state. Free Fishing Events are DEC sponsored events (such as family fishing clinics) where participants can learn about fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics and aquatic ecology. Each of DEC's nine regions can sponsor up to four free fishing events per year.

 

For more New York info:  2010 Free Fishing Day Clinics - NYS Dept. of Environmental

 

Wisconsin June 5-6

People of all ages can fish free in Wisconsin on June 5 and 6, the state's Free Fishing Weekend. More than two dozen free fishing clinics statewide during that weekend- – and free loaner equipment available from 50 state parks and offices will help make it even easier for people to take advantage of this opportunity, state aquatic education officials say.

 

All waters of the state are open, including Wisconsin waters of Lake Michigan, Lake Superior and rivers bordering Wisconsin. Residents and nonresidents of all ages can fish without a fishing license (or trout or salmon stamps) over these two days. However, all other fishing regulations apply. Free fishing clinics – some aimed at kids and some intended for the whole family – are set for more than two dozen locations across the state. Some of the clinics are sponsored by Wisconsin State Parks, but most are put on by local fishing and conservation clubs.

 

For more Wisconsin info: WDNR Weekly News Article - Free Fishing Weekend June 5-6

 

Ontario July 3-11

If you or someone you know would like to try fishing in Ontario waters for the first time (or the first time in a long time), circle the week of July 3-11, 2010 on your calendar. For those nine days only (12:01 a.m. Saturday to 11:59 p.m. Sunday), Canadian residents can enjoy the fun of fishing in Ontario without a licence during the annual Ontario Family Fishing Weekend. All other regulations, fees and limits will apply.

 

Events related to this special weekend will take place across the province. Fishing festivals, clinics, derbies or educational activities may be held in your area. If you would like event information, please contact a tourist information centre near your home or destination, call the OFFW Event Information Line at 705-748-6324 or visit our events page.

 

For more Ontario info: Ontario Family Fishing Weekend

 

 

For more info about other states:  Free Fishing Days 2010 | Coupons, Deals and More


College Bass National Championship returns to North Little Rock 

Atlanta, Georgia - College Bass, the nation's elite collegiate fishing tournament, will return to North Little Rock for the sixth annual College Bass National Championship July 8 - 10. The best collegiate anglers in the country will cast their lines in the Arkansas River for more than $14,000 in scholarship monies and prizes and the coveted national title.

 

A true tournament of champions, only one two-person team per school can compete in the national tournament. Schools must participate in a College Bass-sanctioned tournament to qualify for the national championship making this the calendar's most esteemed collegiate bass fishing event.

 

"In 2005, we had only six sanctioned clubs and teams competing for the national title; now College Bass has more than 220 schools from more  than 30 states and Canada competing in three Super Regional events, a national championship and additional College-Bass sanctioned  tournaments," said Rob Russow, College Bass tournament director.

 

Since its inception, the College Bass National Championship has been the only fishing tournament to air on ESPNU. In its sixth season, College Bass will receive extended television coverage totaling nine hours of ESPNU programming. For the first time, the College Bass Super Regionals will be featured in the ESPNU shows, which begin airing Thursday, July 29. ESPNU reaches more than 71 million households across the United States.

 

Last year 56 teams contended for the national championship

trophy with North Carolina State anglers Will White and Chris

Wood tipping the scales to claim the 2009 College Bass National Championship title on the Arkansas River in North

 

Little Rock.  "We're anticipating around 75 teams battling it out for bass-fishing supremacy in the challenging, but rewarding North Little Rock waters," said Russow.

 

The College Bass National Championship will kick off each day with the morning launch at 6 a.m. CDT at the North Little Rock ramp. The weigh-ins will be hosted at the Academy Sports + Outdoors (Sherwood, Ark.) with Saturday's weigh-ins at the North Little Rock Riverfront Park at 3 p.m. CDT. Angler teams will fish for large-mouth, spotted and smallmouth bass 15 inches or longer, with a five-fish limit. Teams will fish a standard three-day format, with the field narrowed down to the top five teams on the final day. Weights will then be zeroed, and the team with the largest one-day total on Saturday's final day of competition will take the title.

 

Official practice for the College Bass National Championship anglers begins Saturday, July 3 in pools 5-7 of the Arkansas River. These pools go off limits to College Bass competitors beginning Saturday, June 12 until official practice begins. College Bass National Championship competitors must attend the registration and briefing meeting Wednesday, July 7. (Location TBA).

 

The 2010 College Bass Tour consists of three Super Regional events and one national championship that kicked off April 10-11 in Montgomery, Ala. with the East Super Regional. The second tournament stop was April 24-25 in Tyler, Texas for the West Super Regional.  Fort Madison, Iowa will host this year's inaugural North Super Regional June 5-6.

 

Collegiate anglers can register to compete in the Super Regionals by contacting Rob Russow at rrussow@groupcse.com or 501-372-6544.

For more information, please visit www.CollegeBass.com


Regional

Weekly Great Lakes Water Level Update for May 28

Weather Conditions

Unseasonably warm temperatures and high humidity were experienced throughout the Great Lakes basin this week. Inland areas of the basin are seeing temperatures several degrees above normal with highs in the mid to upper 80's. A cold front moved through the basin late Wednesday and Thursday producing a few showers and thunderstorms. Nice weather is expected for the Memorial Day weekend with plenty of sun and seasonably warm temperatures.

 Lake Level Conditions

Currently, all of the water levels on the Great Lakes are below last year's levels.  Lakes Superior and Michigan-Huron are 7 and 9 inches below last year's levels, respectively.  Lakes St. Clair, Erie and Ontario are 9, 7 and 19 inches, respectively below the last year's levels.  Over the next month, the water levels of Lakes Superior and Michigan-Huron are both expected to increase by 3 and 2 inches, respectively, while Lakes St. Clair is expected to stay near its current level. Lake Erie is expected to stay steady while Lake Ontario is projected to rise 4 inches over the next month.  

 Forecasted May Outflows/Channel Conditions

The outflow from Lake Superior into the St. Mary's River is forecasted to be below average.  The outflows from both Lake Huron into the St. Clair River as well as the Detroit River are forecasted to be below average.  Near average outflow is

expected from Lake Erie and into the Niagara River.  The flow in the St. Lawrence River is forecasted to be below average throughout the month.

Alerts

Users of the Great Lakes, connecting channels and St. Lawrence River should keep informed of current conditions before undertaking any activities that could be affected by changing water levels.  Mariners should utilize navigation charts and refer to current water level readings.

 

 

Superior

Mich-Huron

St. Clair

Erie

Ontario

Level for May 28

600.66

577.89

574.08

571.69

245.21

Datum, in ft

601.1

577.5

572.3

569.2

243.3

Diff in inches

-5

+5

+21

+30

+23

Diff last month

+1

+1

+2

+4

+4

Diff from last yr

-7

-9

-9

-7

-19

 


Fish Sampling Operation Complete on Little Calumet River

No Asian Carp found during five day long multi-agency operation

Chicago, IL - The Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee (RCC) wrapped up a successful sampling and data collection operation on the Little Calumet River in South Chicago on Tuesday, May 25.

 

Fisheries biologists from the Illinois DNR, USFWS and other supporting agencies collected just over 100,000 lbs fish during the week long operation. Over 40 species of fish were collected though no Bighead or Silver Asian carps were found.

 

A five-mile section of the Little Calumet River in South Chicago was closed to all traffic on May 20 - 25 as sampling efforts for Asian carp got underway. The Waterway closure was necessary for personnel to safely and effectively apply Rotenone to a more than two-mile stretch of the waterway at T.J. O’Brien Lock and Dam (South and West) as a part of ongoing Asian carp sampling efforts by the RCC.

 

The plan called for intensive electrofishing and netting; and in some cases the application of the fish toxicant Rotenone.  In order to accomplish the plan objectives, it was necessary to institute temporary closure of certain reaches of the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS) to recreational and navigational use, beginning May 20. 

 

The length and location of the application and fish removal area was chosen to maximize the opportunity to capture Asian carp by including a variety of habitats along a substantial length of river channel that has had a high frequency of positive eDNA detections. In addition to the Rotenone action, simultaneous electrofishing and commercial netting took place between the downstream block net and Acme Bend. Electrofishing and netting allows for an expansion of the area sampled and a comparison of conventional methods with Rotenone sampling.

 

The waterway was treated in one day, and the fish recovery phase of the operation lasted for four days. During that time, the FWS, IDNR, and other participating agencies recovered as many fish in the application area as possible to determine the abundance and type of fish present in the treated area.

 

“We will now look at the entire body of evidence collected thus far, including eDNA sampling results and all of our conventional sampling with nets and electrofishing gear to see if we can draw any further conclusions about the risk of

invasion and establishment of Asian carp in Lake Michigan through the Chicago Area Waterway System,” said RCC co-chair John Rogner.

 

"This operation could not have succeeded without the support, patience and cooperation of the waterway operators, marina owners, recreational boaters and other boating and transportation representatives that use this waterway," said Charlie Wooley, Deputy Regional Director of the USFWS Midwest Region. "I would like to thank all of these industry members for working with us in our mission to protect the Great Lakes."

                                                                               

The safety zone restrictions established on the Calumet River and Little Calumet River between mile marker 321.5 and 326.5 have been lifted by the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port.  Environmental consulting company SET Inc. will remain in the area for the next few days to remove any fish that surface.  While the public can now access the river for fishing and other recreational purposes, dead fish should NOT be consumed in any circumstance.

 

The Illinois DNR removed a number of sport fish before this week’s Rotenone treatment and relocated them outside the treatment zone.  IDNR fisheries will restock the area with a variety of sport fish species in the future.

 

Rotenone, a fish toxicant commonly used in fisheries management, was previously used on a six-mile stretch of the Chicago Sanitary and Shipping Canal in December of 2009 while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers shut down the Electric Barrier System for routine maintenance. That effort yielded one Bighead carp caught just above the Lockport Lock and Powerhouse approximately six miles downstream of the electric barrier. No Asian carp have been found above the electric barrier to date. Knowledge of the population size and location of possible Asian carp in CAWS is important data that will inform biologists and decision makers on selecting and prioritizing appropriate future actions to keep Asian carp from moving into Lake Michigan.

 

Over 250 people from more than 20 local, state and federal agencies contributed to the sampling and data collection efforts. The RCC would like to thank the Forrest Preserve District of Cook County, Sunset Bay Marina and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for allowing access to their respective properties during the operation.

 

For more info on the Asian Carp RCC and Asian carp control efforts:  www.asiancarp.org


General

Scent-Lok Officials Respond To Minnesota District Court Ruling

Last week, the United States District Court in Minnesota issued an opinion in a lawsuit brought in September 2007 by five Minnesota hunters against ALS Enterprises, the manufacturer of Scent-Lok products, and some of its retail partners. The court ruled in ALS’s favor on some issues, and against ALS on others. On a narrow legal issue, the court determined that the word “eliminate” in some of Scent-Lok’s advertisements could only mean eliminate 100% of odor, and therefore some of these advertisements were false.

ALS respectfully disagrees with the court's ruling that "odor eliminate" can only mean 100% elimination. There are many products on the market advertised as "eliminating" some condition and people understand that they do not eliminate the condition 100%. A search of the term “eliminate odor” produced over 1.9 million references to the term. A search of “odor eliminator” produced 281,000 results.

Of note, the court’s ruling does not relate to the efficacy of Scent-Lok products to perform in the field. Scent-Lok products

 

work, and work well. Laboratory tests, including tests
conducted in the lawsuit show that Scent-Lok carbon-containing clothing dramatically outperforms no-carbon clothing at adsorbing odors.
 

In a survey of Minnesota hunters conducted as part of the litigation, almost 80% of hunters who purchased activated-carbon clothing reported that they were very satisfied or satisfied with the performance of their odor control hunting clothing. Survey experts noted that this score was very high for this type of survey.

 

Scent-Lok Technologies stands by its products and their ability to dramatically reduce human odor levels in the field to help hunters get close to game. Our extremely low return rate for odor issues suggest that our engineering is sound and our tests provide correlation to field success. That is why Scent-Lok offers an unconditional satisfaction guarantee.

ALS intends to appeal the court’s ruling and to continue to actively defend against this lawsuit.


Firearm Sales Soar, Crime Falls

Since the surge in firearms purchases began in October 2008, if one believes the oft-repeated mantra that "most crime guns are rapidly diverted from retailers to the street via straw purchasers," then there

should have been a surge in homicides and other violent crime. There was not.

 

In fact, preliminary figures released by the FBI today show that all forms of violent crime were down in 2009 from 2008, with homicides showing the greatest percentage decline (7.2 percent). These declines in crime came during a year when firearm sales were at historic highs.


 

Indiana

Biologists map bass locations in Noble County Lake

ALBION – Fisheries biologists who mapped more than 100 locations of legal-size largemouth bass in an 86-acre Noble County lake this month were surprised by what they found.  Contrary to conventional thinking, bass did not concentrate along natural sections of shoreline and avoid residential areas. The biologists found more bass near piers, beaches and areas where homes were present than along undisturbed shoreline areas with cattails and lily pads.

 

During electrofishing on three nights at Upper Long Lake southwest of Albion, biologists captured 10.9 legal-size bass per 1,000 ft of residential shoreline and 7.5 bass per 1,000 feet of natural shoreline.

 

The results, said Jed Pearson, biologist with the Indiana DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife, demonstrate the need to better understand bass biology and how various factors can affect bass behavior.

 

The lowest density of legal-size bass, 4.3 bass per 1,000 ft of shoreline, was noted in two manmade channels on the east side of the lake.

 

Legal-size bass measure 14 inches or longer.  Several bass up to 20 inches long were found in the lake.

“We sampled during the peak spawning season hoping to find out what areas provide better bass habitat,” Pearson said.  “We figured more bass would be along natural sections of shoreline where lily pads and other natural habitat features are present.”

 

Some natural areas seemed nearly devoid of large bass. Few bass were found at the north end of the lake in a natural area of shallow water with aquatic plants. No bass were caught in a natural area along the east shore.  In contrast, three sections of shoreline along the south end of lake where homes are present contained 11.4 to 14.7 bass per 1,000 feet.

 

Although Pearson said residential areas in general held more bass than natural areas, the highest bass density was noted in a natural area along a prominent point on the west side of the lake. Density there exceeded 20 bass per 1,000 feet.  Specific bass locations around the point also were surprising. Both sides looked similar, but 14 bass were located on the north side; two bass were located on the south side.

 

“Weather, wind direction, depth and slope of the lake bottom, as well as various other features probably play a role in where bass are located,” Pearson said. Although bass locations were similar from week to week, they can change from season to season and year to year.

 

“Back in 1995 when we did a similar project at the lake, we found lots of big bass in two channels on the east side. This year we caught only five,” Pearson said. “Something in the channels has apparently changed but we don’t know what.”  “We have a lot to learn,” he added.

 

Colored dots represent site locations of legal-size bass captured along a point at Upper Long Lake in Noble County. Fourteen were captured on the north side and only two were captured on the south side.

 

 


DNR biologists studying changes in fish populations

COLUMBIA CITY – To better understand how fish populations and fishing conditions change from year to year, the DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) will begin a series of surveys in June at five natural lakes in northern Indiana.  The surveys are designed to track annual changes in number, size, weight, and growth of various fish species in each lake over the next five years.

 

Lakes selected include 308-acre Adams Lake in LaGrange County, 206-acre Crooked Lake in Whitley County, 32-acre McClure Lake in southern Kosciusko County, 22-acre Mud Lake in Fulton County, and 187-acre Waubee Lake in northern Kosciusko County.  The lakes were chosen because they represent a variety of lake sizes, habitat conditions, and fish communities.

 

“We know fishing fluctuates from year to year, but we don’t know the magnitude of the changes or reasons for the changes,” said Steve Donabauer, DFW assistant fisheries biologist and coordinator of the project.  “We also don’t know how lakes change through time and how factors such as habitat damage, watershed management practices, and climate may affect fishing,” Donabauer said.

 

Donabauer labeled the five lakes as “fixed sites” because they will be monitored annually. However, DFW biologists will also sample 11 other natural lakes that will be chosen randomly  

each year. A variety of information will be gathered at each. “We will use shocker boats, gill nets, and traps to sample fish communities in each lake during June. We will also monitor basic habitat features, such as depth, water clarity, oxygen content, aquatic plants, and microscopic zooplankton,” Donabauer said.

 

Dubbed the “Status and Trends Project,” the five-year study will enable biologists to predict how fish populations in all of Indiana’s 450 natural lakes are changing based on what they find at the study lakes.  “We don’t have the manpower or resources to survey every natural lake in the state,” Donabauer said. “This project, therefore, will help us track what is happening throughout the natural lakes region and form the basis of any region-wide approaches we take to protect and manage fish populations.”

 

All data obtained from the project will be compiled annually and then electronically stored, analyzed, and made available to anglers, lake associations, government agencies, universities and the general public.

 

In addition to the fixed sites, other lakes to be surveyed this year include Everett in Allen County, Banning and Fish in Kosciusko County, Emma and Mateer in LaGrange County, Clear in LaPorte County, Thomas and Koontz in Marshall County, Big and Upper Long in Noble County, and Henry in Steuben County.


Michigan

DNRE Stocks Lake Superior Rivers with Chinooks

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment delivered 350,000 Chinook salmon fingerlings to four rivers in the Lake Superior Watershed last week.

 

DNRE hatchery trucks delivered 100,000 fingerlings each to the Carp River and Dead River in Marquette County, 75,000 to the Big Iron River in Ontonagon County, and 75,000 to the Black River in Gogebic County.

 

All 100,000 fingerlings in the Dead River were placed in four 

net pens at the mouth of the river. A third of the fish in the Big Iron River went into a net pen.

 

“We had originally planned to put 25,000 Chinook fingerlings in a net pen in the Black River, too, but the weather’s been so warm that the guys decided the fish should go directly into the river and I believe that’s the right decision,” said Western Upper Peninsula DNRE Fisheries Supervisor George Madison. “These salmon plants complete a successful spring stocking season. We appreciate the assistance of our sports clubs with all of our efforts.”


DNRE Reminds Anglers about Bait Restrictions due to VHS

Now that most fishing seasons have opened, the Department of Natural Resources and Environment reminds anglers that the use of salmon eggs or minnows for bait is restricted in some waters as part of a strategy to slow the spread of viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS).

 

Anglers who purchase spawn or minnows for bait should make sure it is certified as VHS-free. Certified VHS-free bait is widely available and may be used anywhere in the state for 14 days. The use of bait that has not been certified as disease-free is restricted, depending on where the bait was collected, and anglers need to follow the regulations to use uncertified bait in the correct locations. Uncertified bait can only be used for three days after purchase.  All bait collected by anglers is considered to be uncertified bait.

 

VHS virus, a virus that causes fish to die from internal bleeding, has caused mortalities among a number of species of fish in Michigan. The disease has been found in Michigan’s waters of lakes Superior, Erie and Huron.  In 2009, VHS was

 

detected in fish collected from Lake Superior, including yellow perch in the Paradise area and lake herring in the Apostle

Islands area of Wisconsin.  The virus has been found in fish sampled in Lake Huron from Cheboygan and Thunder Bay in 2006 and in spottail shiners from Saginaw Bay in March 2010.  Fish have been found to be positive from Lake Erie in Ohio’s waters each year since 2006.

 

VHS virus has been found in fish in Lake Michigan, but not in Michigan’s waters. And it has been found in at least two inland lakes, Budd Lake in Clare County in 2007 and Baseline Lake in Washtenaw County in 2009.

 

“There is no known treatment for VHS,” said DNRE Fish Production Manager Gary Whelan. “Our best defense against it is trying to prevent its spread.  It is important to anglers to realize that the virus is not yet widely distributed in Michigan, thus anglers have the opportunity to help slow its spread by using baitfish properly.”

 

For more information about VHS and fishing in Michigan, go to www.michigan.gov/dnrfishing.


New 72-Hour Michigan Fishing License Available to All Anglers

The State of Michigan announced a new 72-hour Michigan fishing license is available to residents and non-residents alike.

 

The license, for sale at all license vendors or online, is consistent with a recommendation of the 2006 Hunting and Fishing License Package Work Group that studied the state's hunting and fishing license structure, explained DNRE fisheries biologist Todd Grischke. A bill creating the license was recently approved by the Legislature and signed by Gov.

 

Jennifer M. Granholm.

 

"Previously, anglers could only choose between a one-day license and a season license," Grischke said. "We believe this will just make it a little easier for people who are planning a long weekend fishing trip or visiting from out of state."  The 72-hour license costs $21 (or $9 for resident seniors) and is valid for all species.

 

For more info about fishing in Michigan:  www.michigan.gov/fishing.


Port Austin Access Site to Close June 7 for Improvements 

Port Austin Harbor Festival Still a Go

The Michigan DNRE announced the Port Austin Boating Access Site in Huron County will close for the remainder of the boating season, effective Monday, June 7, for major construction improvements.

 

Improvements to the site include paving of the parking lot, which necessitates closing the launch ramp and skid pier. A DNRE construction crew will accomplish the work on this project.

 

The harbor parking lot construction project is part of an overall series of improvements that, in later phases, should include the replacement of all finger slips with floating or adjustable slips. The entire design of all the harbor improvements is being coordinated with a municipal development project

 

involving the adjacent Village of Port Austin Veteran's Park.  The end result will be a contiguous area for visitors to enjoy a premiere Great Lakes recreational harbor, boat launch, park, and visitor center, all providing a remarkable view of the Port Austin Reef Lighthouse on Lake Huron.

 

It is important for boaters to note that the boating slips and fuel station at the Port Austin State Harbor will remain open.  Boaters requiring the use of an alternate access site are encouraged to use the boating access site at Grindstone City, approximately five miles to the east.  Boats with deeper drafts may wish to use the launch sites located in the cities of Caseville and Harbor Beach. For a list of boating access sites that require a permit, visit the DNRE website at www.michigan.gov/boating, or visit www.mcgi.state.mi.us/MRBIS for all boating access sites throughout the state.


Port Austin Harbor Festival is June 19

Although all outdoor activities will be canceled due to this construction project, Port Austin will still feature an open house at the Harbor Services building.  Visitors are asked to park either at the nearby Village Visitor’s Center or Farmer’s Market.  The open house will allow staff the opportunity to answer questions about the various improvement projects scheduled for the harbor and the village, as well as answer questions about the new Recreation Passport to take effect Oct. 1.

Park visitors may wish to coordinate their trip with Kids’ Day at the Farmer’s Market, open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., or the Kayak Symposium, which are both also being held on June 19.  The kayak symposium will be held throughout the day at the county park on the other side of Bird Creek.  Participants are encouraged to pre-register for the symposium.

 

For more info contact the park supervisor, George Lauinger, at 989-856-4411 or the park’s web site: www.michigan.gov/portaustinharbor.


Wisconsin

New firewood rule to take effect June 1

Firewood brought onto state managed lands must now come from no more than 25 miles away

MADISON - Beginning June 1 only firewood gathered or purchased from a vendor who cut it from within 25 miles of a state managed property, or state-certified wood, may be brought onto the property. This change is being done to reduce the risk of bringing in destructive forest diseases and insects.

 

A previous law had allowed firewood cut or gathered up to 50 

miles from a state property to be brought in but a newer study by forest health experts led to the adoption of the more protective 25 mile distance. The 2010 Memorial Day weekend will be the last weekend before the newer firewood restrictions go into effect.

 

DNR will have maps illustrating a 25 mile radius from Wisconsin state campgrounds on state parks and forests available after June 1.

 


Other Breaking News Items

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Northern Wisconsin in deep drought
Lakes in northern Wisconsin are shriveling. An eight-year drought is affecting everything from boaters and anglers to walleyes and blackberries, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announced.

Outdoors: Ohio state steelhead program studies its ups and downs
The annual gathering of Ohio Division of Wildlife fisheries biologists and steelhead fishing club officials casts a net over the management and direction of the state’s program.

Granholm continues push for new bridge on Detroit River
Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm urged the Michigan state Legislature to move quickly on a bill that will clear one of few impediments remaining to Canada and the U.S. building a new span two miles down the Detroit River.

 

Moose make a home in Michigan
This year marks the 25th anniversary of a milestone in wildlife management in Ontario. In 1985, 29 moose were captured in Algonquin Park and transferred to a rugged part of northern Michigan called the Upper Peninsula.

 

Lake levels low in Ont., Quebec
The shipping season in the Great Lakes has been open for less than two months and commercial freighters are being told to lighten their loads because of low water levels.

 

Thousand Islands boaters nervous as water level dips
The sun and warm temperatures are starting to bring boaters back to the St. Lawrence River. But especially in the Thousand Islands, they’re being greeted by unusually low water levels.

 

 

 

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