Waterloo Recreation Area Celebrates Free Fishing Weekend June 7

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Waterloo Recreation Area will celebrate a “GO-Get Outdoors” Free Fishing Weekend with a variety of activities for families on Saturday, June 7, at the Portage Lake Unit.

The recreation area is planning a “Start of Summer Celebration,” where participants can meet Smokey Bear and learn about different kinds of outdoor recreation.

The first few holes of the new Portage Disc Golf Course will be completed. The Ann Arbor Area Disc Golf Club will be on hand to introduce the course and give instructions on how to play disc golf.

Archery will be taught by the Michigan Traditional Bow Hunters, or you can join a rendezvous encampment to learn pre-1840 survival skills, such as how to throw a tomahawk. The Jackson Area Bass Busters will be sponsoring a fishing clinic down by the fishing pier, geared toward children and people who have never fished before. June 7 and 8 is Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend, so no fishing license is required; however, all other fishing regulations apply.

Xriders will be at the beach area to introduce visitors to kayaking or, if you own a boat, the U S. Coast Guard will be on hand to do courtesy safety inspections. Aberdeen Bikes will be on hand with the latest bike models and talk about bike safety, maintenance, and different types of bicycles.

Classroom Critters will do two programs with live snakes and the Michigan Mushroom Hunters Club will do a presentation on mushroom hunting with color displays. An interpreter from the Eddy Discovery Center will be conducting a program on astronomy Saturday evening, followed by stargazing with the Amateur Astronomers of Jackson.

The Waterloo Township Police will be on hand to provide free child identification kits, along with Wilson Bloodhound who will be doing tracking demonstrations with his hounds. A DNR fire officer will bring a fire engine and teach fire safety techniques.

All activities are free, but an annual motor vehicle or daily permit will be required to enter the park. All programs are scheduled to run between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. — except the stargazing and astronomy program, which will occur later in the evening.

Waterloo’s Portage Lake Unit is located off Seymour Road near Exit 150 on I-94. Please call Waterloo Recreation Area Headquarters at 734-475-8307 for any additional information. Alcohol is prohibited within the Portage Lake Unit. If you are interested in camping over the weekend for these events, reservations can be made on-line at www.midnrreservations.com, or by calling 800-44PARKS (7-2757).

All motor vehicles entering a state park or recreation area must display a Motor Vehicle Permit, available for purchase at the entrance. Cost is $24 for resident annual and $6 for resident daily. A non-resident annual is $29 and a non-resident daily is $8.