Dodge #4 State Park Hosting ‘Last Chance Fishing Tournament’ on Cass Lake Michigan, Oct. 26

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Dodge #4 State Park Hosting 'Last Chance Fishing Tournament' on Cass Lake Michigan, Oct. 26The Department of Natural Resources announced today that Dodge #4 State Park will host the “Last Chance Fishing Tournament” on Cass Lake on Sunday, Oct. 26.

“This is the 20th annual Last Chance Fishing Tournament,” explained Doug Ratliff, organizer of the event. “We decided a few years ago to also call the event ‘The Ken Purvey Memorial Tournament’ in memory of one of the original organizers and friend who was a very passionate sportsman dedicated to the sport of fishing.”

Official check-in time is from 6 to 7 a.m. The tournament will begin at 7:30 a.m., if it is light enough with no fog on the lake and conditions are safe.

There is a limit of five fish per two-man team. There will be awards for first and second place, and a “Big Bass” award. All entry fees are awarded to the winning teams. Sponsors for the event include Wonderland Marine, Lunchmoney Lures and Little Bill’s Trophy Shop.

For more information about this event, contact Doug Ratliff at 248-360-2163.

All participants will be required to display a valid 2008 Michigan fishing license to participate in this event. Fishing licenses can be obtained on-line at, at DNR Operations Service Centers or at several retailers around the state.

Dodge #4 State Park is located at 4250 Parkway Dr. in Waterford. For information about Dodge #4 State Park, accessibility at the park, or persons needing accommodations to attend this event, contact Park Supervisor Alexandra Garza at 248-682-7323 (TTY/TDD711 Michigan Relay Center for the hearing impaired).

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.