Archives: June 2012

Where’s Governor Rick Synder? Saturday, June 23 through Monday, June 25

Saturday, June 23 at 9:30 a.m.

Gov. Rick Snyder will serve as Grand Marshall for The Great Race, an antique car, controlled-speed endurance rally.

Location:  Intersection of Front and Park streets Traverse City, MI 49686


Saturday, June 23 at 10:30 a.m.

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley will offer the commencement address at Walsh College.

Location: Zion Christian Church  3668 Livernois Road Troy, MI 48083


Sunday, June 24 at 11:30 a.m.

Calley will offer remarks and participate in the “Ride with Roary” children’s bicycle parade at Detroit River Days.

Location: William G. Milliken State Park 1900 Atwater St.  Detroit, MI 48207


Monday, June 25 at 11 a.m.

Snyder and state Rep. Dale Zorn will hold a town hall discussion, with media availability to follow. The event will stream live at, and a unique embed code is available at

Location: Monroe Community College – Meyer Theatre, Building Z 1555 S. Raisinville Road Monroe, MI 48161


Monday, June 25 at 2 p.m.

Snyder will sign a bill investing more than $300 million in infrastructure projects at Michigan’s colleges and universities.

Location: Wayne State University- McGregor Memorial Conference Center, Room B-C Wayne State University Detroit, MI 48202


Monday, June 25 at 2:15 p.m.

Calley will offer remarks at the Student Statesmanship Institute’s summer program.

Location: Michigan Capitol, House Appropriations Committee, Room 352 100 Capitol Ave.  Lansing, MI 48933


Monday, June 25 at 5:30 p.m.

Snyder will offer remarks at the Harvard Club of Michigan’s annual meeting.

Location: Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Ford Freedom Rotunda 315 E. Warren Ave. Detroit, MI 48202

Monday, June 25 at 6:45 p.m.

Snyder and First Lady Sue Snyder will serve as honorary chairs for the 54th annual Target Fireworks.

Location:  Miller Parking Garage, next to the Renaissance Center 400  Renaissance Center STE 908 Detroit, MI 48243


New Minimum Size Limit Regulations for Lake Trout and Splake on Northern Lake Huron Take effect June 14

The Department of Natural Resources today announced new lake trout and splake regulations in the northern portion of Lake Huron, specifically for Management Units MH-1 and MH-2 (see descriptions below). The changes will be implemented on June 14, 2012, and include:

A daily possession limit of three (3) lake trout or splake
A minimum size limit for lake trout and splake of 15 inches
A possession season from May 1 through Sept. 30

Additionally, the revised regulations set the lake-wide minimum size limit for lake trout and splake at 15 inches throughout Lake Huron.

These regulation changes affect the following Lake Huron fishing ports:

MH-1 Ports: Cedarville, Cheboygan, DeTour, Hammond Bay, Mackinaw City, Rogers City and St. Ignace
MH-2 Ports: Alpena, Black River, Presque Isle and Rockport

These regulations will remain in effect until March 31, 2017, or until Fisheries Order FO-200 is amended or rescinded, whichever comes first. While these regulations may be reviewed and amended annually, a review of these regulations will occur no later than Aug. 1, 2016.

MH-1 and MH-2 Legal Descriptions

MH-1 is bounded on the west by the Mackinac Bridge, on the north by an east-west line from the village of DeTour in Chippewa County at Latitude 46°00’N to the west shore of Drummond Island and an east-west line from the east shore of Drummond Island at Latitude 46°00’N to the international boundary, and on the east and south by a line beginning where Longitude 083°30’W intersects the international boundary near Drummond Island in Chippewa County and extending southward along said longitude to Latitude 45°30’N, then extending westward along said latitude to Longitude 083°40’W, then extending southward along said longitude to shore about 3.5 miles southeast of Adams Point in Presque Isle County.

MH-2 is bounded on the north by MH-1, on the east by the international boundary, and on the south by an east-west line extending from the shore about 1 mile north of Black River in Alcona County at Latitude 44°50’N and extending eastward along said latitude to the international boundary.

Michigan for Summer Free Fishing Weekend June 9-10

On Saturday, June 9, and Sunday, June 10, everyone in Michigan – including residents and non-residents – can fish without a license, though all other fishing regulations still apply.

Those two days make up the Summer Free Fishing Weekend – an annual effort to promote Michigan’s plentiful fishing opportunities. While many individuals and families will head out to fish for free on their own, the Department of Natural Resources is pleased to share there are numerous organized events scheduled throughout the state to celebrate the weekend as well. Some of these events include:

Fishing 101 at Interlochen State Park in Interlochen (Grand Traverse County)
June 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Have you ever wanted to learn how to fish? Participants will receive a brief introduction to fishing basics such as the different types of tackle, lures, baits and tips on where to fish and how to clean your catch. Courtesy of American Boat Rentals, participants will then join their instructor out on the lake where they will get a hands-on fishing experience. Space is limited so please sign up in advance. Fishing rods and bait will be provided. Please note a Recreation Passport is required for entry.

Forever Fighters Fishing Frenzy in Linwood (Bay County)
June 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This is a fishing contest for kids ages 2 to 14. Trophies will be provided for each age group, along with Pheasants Forever Activities, an air gun trailer, hunting dog demonstrations, food and drinks, and a raffle. The event is designed to introduce kids to fishing and other outdoor activities.

Meridian Township Fishing Derby in Okemos (Ingham County)
June 9 from 9 a.m. to noon
This event will offer visitors the chance to fish for free! Prizes will be awarded for biggest fish, second biggest fish, first fish caught and most fish caught.

Ottawa National Forest Free Kid’s Fishing Derby (Ontonagon County)
June 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Ottawa National Forest is hosting an exciting, fun-filled day of fishing for kids and their families. Community youngsters are invited to come out to the Ontonagon Marina with their fishing rods, tackle boxes and bait – some fishing rods and tackle will be available to loan, if needed. Every child fishing at the derby will receive a prize for participation. In addition to free fishing, the day will also feature prize drawings, a fish identification contest, a net demonstration at noon, and a casting contest. There is no cost to enter the park or the contest.

River Days Kids Fishing Fest in Detroit (Wayne County)
June 9 from 8 a.m. to noon
This free event at Milliken State Park & Harbor is designed to give families, parents, grandparents and children in the greater Detroit area the opportunity to enjoy the fun of fishing along the Detroit Riverfront while building community, creating family memories, enjoying the great outdoors, and learning about water stewardship and sustainability. Event highlights include fishing instruction, prizes, free food, face painting, arts and crafts and a kid’s fun zone. Please note a Recreation Passport is required for entry.

There are many more events scheduled in various locations throughout the state, including in Bay City, Boyne City, Chelsea, Clare, Coldwater, Crystal Falls, Detroit, East Tawas, Escanaba, Flint, Grant, Grayling, Hale, Holly, Howell, Ionia, Iron River, L’Anse, Lake Linden, Lupton, Marenisco, Mattawan, Metamora, Negaunee, Newaygo, Oakland, Osseo, Paradise, Pinckney, Ray Township and throughout Roscommon and St. Clair counties. For more information about the 2012 Summer Free Fishing Weekend please visit

Michigan has been celebrating the Summer Free Fishing Weekend annually since 1986. With more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, 36,000 miles of rivers and 11,000 inland lakes, Michigan and fishing are a natural match.