Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center in Cadillac Announces Summer Programs
The Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center in Cadillac has announced its summer schedule of programs. The center is located next to Mitchell State Park on M-115 in Cadillac, and is one of 10 Department of Natural Resources visitor centers around the state.
The summer programs include:
June 13 – Free Fishing Weekend. There will be a family fishing contest and prizes. Participants should pre-register by calling the center at 231-779-1321. Fishing tackle and bait will be available at the center all weekend. Refreshments will also be available.
June 20 – 90th Anniversary Celebration for Michigan State Parks. There will be a canoe and kayak clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with Chippewa Landing, Sportman’s Port and Missaukee Paddle Sports; Live Amphibians with Jim McGrath of Nature Discovery from 2 to 4 p.m.; the 90th Anniversary Ceremony with cake and ice cream for all under the range pavilion at 4 p.m.; and another presentation of Live Amphibians from 6 to 8 p.m.
June 27 – Wildlife Wood Carving. There will be a presentation of World Class Wildlife Wood Carving Demonstration and Exhibit with Ray Eckert from 1 to 4 p.m. at the center.
July 4 – Fourth of July Fiesta Celebration. Pellet gun and archery range activities will be available to visitors from 3 to 5 p.m. and float fishing on the canal will be available from 6 to 8 p.m.
July 18 – Old Time Logging History (1860-1910). Wendell Hoover will be on hand for a presentation on old time logging history from 12 to 2 p.m. and again from 8 to 10 p.m. at the campground at the east end of the canal. Float fishing on the canal will be available from 3 to 5 p.m, and shooting range activities will be available from 6 to 8 p.m.
July 25 – Storytelling in the Native American Tradition. Wendell Hoover will be on hand again to give a presentation of storytelling in the Native American tradition from 3 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. There will be a special evening campfire presentation from 10 p.m. to midnight.
Aug. 1 – Family Range Day. Pellet gun and archery range activities will be available from noon to 3 p.m.
Aug. 8 – Picnic in the Park. The annual Picnic in the Park fund-raiser for activities at the center will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donations will be accepted. Live Wildlife Sampler with Jim McGrath of Nature Discovery will be held from 10 a.m. to noon and again from 1 to 3 p.m. Pellet gun and archery range activities will be available from 3 to 5 p.m., and float fishing on the canal will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m.
Aug. 29-30 – Hunter Safety Class. A hunter safety class will be offered this weekend at the center. Preregistration is required by calling (231) 779-1321.
Mitchell State Park is located on M-115 in Cadillac. For more information about these events, call the visitor center at (231) 779-1321.
For information about the park, accessibility, or persons needing accommodations, contact the park supervisor at (231) 775-7911 (TTY/TDD 711 Michigan Relay Center for the hearing impaired) or visit www.michigan.gov/mitchell.
Camping reservations can be made online at www.midnrreservations.com, or by calling the Department of Natural Resources central reservation system at 800-447-2757.
All motor vehicles entering a state park or recreation area must display a Motor Vehicle Permit, available for purchase at the park entrance. Cost is $24 for a resident annual and $6 for a resident daily. A nonresident annual is $29 and a nonresident daily is $8. Please note that a permit is not required to visit the Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center.
Join the DNR in celebrating the 90th anniversary of Michigan State Parks (1919-2009) this year. Events are being posted at www.michigan.gov/dnrgogetoutdoors.