Michigan Fisheries Visitor Center Announces Winter Program Schedule

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Michigan Fisheries Visitor Center Announces Winter Program ScheduleThe Michigan Fisheries Visitor Center has announced its weekend program schedule for this coming winter, beginning Dec. 6. The center is located at 3377 US-31 in Oden, approximately five miles east of Petoskey. All programs are free.

  • Saturday, Dec. 6: Snowshoe-building Workshop; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Weave your own pair of authentic “Drift Busters” or Michigan-style snowshoes. $160 for the lessons and the pair. Space is limited; preregistration is required. Call Maureen Jacobs at (231) 348-0998 for details.
  • Saturday Dec. 13: Get Jiggy With It; at noon. Youngsters will create their own colorful take-home lead-free jig! Meets at the visitor center. Warm refreshments served.
  • Saturday, Dec. 20: Fly-tying for Nymphs; at noon. Kids’ fly-tying program.
  • Saturday, Jan. 10: Winter Animal Tracking; at noon. Warm refreshments served.
  • Saturday Jan. 24: Ice Fishing on Crooked Lake; meets at the center at 10 a.m. All ages are welcome and there is no fee. There will be a limited amount of ice fishing equipment available. Fishing licenses needed for participants, 17 and older, may be purchased at the center before the program. Warm refreshments served.
  • Saturday, Feb. 14 (Free Fishing Weekend): Ice Fishing on Crooked Lake; meets at the center at 10 a.m. No fishing license needed for this weekend. There will be a limited amount of ice fishing equipment available. Warm refreshments served.
  • Saturday, Feb. 28: Snowshoeing; at noon. Warm refreshments served.

For more information about these events or to learn about accessibility at the Michigan Fisheries Visitor Center, please call (231) 348-0998 (TTY/TDD 711 Michigan Relay Center for the hearing impaired). The center also is open during special programs throughout the fall and winter months. Hatchery tours are offered by reservation, and hunting and fishing licenses are sold at the center.