Lake Michigan fishing charters out of Manistee..Killin' Time Charters.

Upcoming Events

Oct. 16- 24 - Platte River State Fish Hatchery Free Weir Tours

Fish hatcheries and weirs play an important role in helping to keep Michigan ’s lakes, rivers and streams one of the greatest freshwater fisheries in the world. The Platte River State Fish Hatchery & the Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center invite schools to visit the weir for an interpretive tour October 16-24.
Students will experience firsthand how the DNR collects eggs and raises fish. The program ties in history, ecology, biology and stewardship. The weir, part of the Platte River State Fish Hatchery, is located in Beulah in Benzie County .

Your Tour of the Platte Weir Includes: After a brief overview, school groups will be rotated through the stations and spend a few minutes at each station. DNR staff conducting the egg take will take a few moments with each group to explain what they are doing.


  • Why and how the DNR raises fish
  • What is a fish hatchery?
  • What is a weir?
  • Chinook Salmon / Coho salmon
  • Chinook Salmon Life Cycle
  • Incubation of eggs
  • Hatched eggs
  • Spawning
  • Fish Ladders
  • Erosion/Sedimentation
  • Pollutants
  • Non-native/alien/invasive species
  • Fish Holding Ponds
  • Identifying males and females
  • Recovery Pond
  • Salmon egg arrival to the hatchery

We also offer free programs at your school and field trips to the Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing center. Also ask about the Salmon in the Classroom program.
Space is limited! Call or email to reserve your tour! Contact Park Interpreter Ed Shaw 231-779-1321 or

Oct 18-21 Standing Vehicle Deer Hunt - Join Wheelin Team 457 in North Branch for this group event.
For complete information please contact Ray Brown at 989-225-9259 or Dale Woidan at 810-614-7567.
For other well organized events and all kinds of great information for our wheelin outdoor enthusiasts,
check out their web site at:

Oct 18-21 Wolverine Disabled Sportsmens Hunt - Join fellow sportsmen for this years hunt in one of the handicapable blinds sitting on prime, private and public lands. Meals and guides are also a part of this "Deer Camp" style event. For more information contact Paul Bunker at 231-883-0019.

MOWA Heritage Memorial Sites Celebrate State’s Outdoor Heritage
Story & pictures by Russ Fimbinger

The great State of Michigan has a storied history in outdoor activities and conservation efforts.  To commemorate significant chapters in our State’s outdoor heritage, the Michigan Outdoor Writers Association (MOWA) has established a series of markers—called Michigan Heritage Memorials—located state-wide.  Each memorial celebrates a specific event which has made a lasting impact on our State’s accomplishments in conservation and recreation.  Additionally, the memorials honor the individuals responsible for those efforts.  The sites are located along our highways and byways, stretching from Lansing all the way to the western Upper Peninsula near Champion, Michigan.
In 1969 MOWA established its first marker on highway M-77 in Blaney Park, in the Upper Peninsula.  This first Michigan Heritage Memorial commemorates the group’s founding fathers.  These dedicated outdoor writers demanded that MOWA members strive for responsible and effective outdoor communication—always keeping a watchful eye on our State’s natural resources. Today the group has about seventy members.  MOWA was established in 1944.
Dedication ceremonies for the Heritage Memorials generally occur during the Association’s annual summer meeting.  Sites consist of either a bronze-cast plaque set in a large boulder, or a beautiful carving etched in majestic granite.  Funding for these markers comes entirely from MOWA’s budget.  All of the events and sites, listed below, were selected by the group’s Heritage Selection Committee. There are seven sites, to date, with others planned.  Presently Heritage Memorials are located in or near the following Michigan localities: Lansing, Mayfield, Grayling, Atlanta, St. Igance, Blaney Park and Ishpeming.
Michigan’s outdoor heritage is celebrated and commemorated at these locations and is important to us all.  Visiting these memorial sites will be time well-spent and the scenic views en route are, in fact, pure Michigan.  Day trips to these Heritage Memorials will provide you and your family with a fresh, proud sense of Michigan’s history as it relates to our State’s exciting and historical outdoor heritage.
For the upcoming travel season, be sure to plan several trips to the seven Michigan Heritage Memorials established by the Michigan Outdoor Writers Association.  Each site is listed below with driving directions and please note that all sites are easily accessible.
Commemorating the 28,000 mile North American Continent Canoe Voyage, located in Adado Park on the Grand River in downtown Lansing, Michigan.  This site commemorates the epic canoe voyage by Verlen Kruger and Steve Landick, both from Lansing, who landed here on December 15, 1983.
Direction to site: Follow Grand Avenue north to E. Shiawassee Street.  The Park is located along the Grand River between E. Saginaw and E. Shiawassee streets.  It is a very short walk to the memorial, located near a large foot bridge and canoe access site.  Parking is limited at Adado Park but there is a city parking deck on the west side of the park.
The Adams Fly—in Mayfield, Michigan (near Kingsley and Traverse City).  Commemorating the creation of the Adams Trout Fly located in the community of Mayfield, Michigan.  Leonard Halladay created the first Adams dry fly here in 1922. This marker is located in Mayfield Pond Park.
Driving directions:  From Kingsley, follow Garfield Road into the community of Mayfield.   Turn left onto Church St., then go right on Main St.  Follow Main a short distance to Mill St., turn left and you will be at Mayfield Pond Park.  The marker will be on your left near a cobblestone wall and the Halladay family homestead.  There is ample parking in the park.
The Au Sable Riverboat Heritage Memorial, in Grayling—commemorating the origination of the Au Sable Riverboat circa 1872—a boat especially designed and built for fishing on the Au Sable River.  The memorial was placed and dedicated in July 1987.
Driving directions:  Follow Business Route U.S. 27 into downtown Grayling. This marker is located on the west side of the Old AuSable Fly Shop, 200 Ingham Street, in Grayling, across from the city park and the Chamber of Commerce building.
Commemorating the Reintroduction of Elk in the Pigeon River Country, located in Atlanta, Michigan.   Rocky Mountain Elk were released in 1917 to re-establish the presence of elk in this area.  The effort was successful and a large herd thrives to this day.  This Heritage Memorial is located in front of the U. S. Post Office in Atlanta.
Directions to site: Travel east on from Gaylord on M-72 about 34 miles to Atlanta.  Continue east through the blinking light; the Post Office in on the left or north side of the road.  There is an Elk Herd information booth at this site that offers additional facts about this majestic animal.
St. Ignace, Michigan, hosts a marker titled as follows: In Commemoration of thousands of Great Lakes Shipwrecks and Michigan’s Underwater Preserves.  This Heritage Memorial site, dedicated in 1994, is located at the American Legion Park on State Street, just past the very large and colorful “Welcome to St. Ignace” sign on the Lake Huron side of State St.
Driving directions:  After crossing the Mackinac Bridge, take the St. Ignace exit 344 which becomes State Street.  Continue east on State to the American Legion Park site along the lake.
In memoriam of the founders of the Michigan Outdoor Writers Association, in Blaney Park, Michigan.  Pictured on this marker are the founding fathers of the Michigan Outdoor Writers Association: Don Gillies, Kendrick Kimball, Clarence Paquin and Lloyd Egan, who met at this U. P. location in 1943 and discussed forming an outdoor writers group dedicated to this goal:  “to labor diligently for understanding, appreciation and, most of all, public demand for the achievement and maintenance of progressive and sound conservation practices in Michigan.” This memorial was dedicated in l969 to honor the group’s 25th anniversary and the formation of MOWA in 1944.
Driving directions: Located just one mile north of the U.S. 2 and M-77 intersection in the Upper Peninsula, this marker rests in front of the Blaney Inn.
The Operation “Mooselift” Heritage Memorial marker commemorating the reintroduction of the Canadian moose to the Upper Peninsula in 1985.  This marker is located inside Van Riper State Park on Lake Michigamme and rests about 50 yards west of the main park entrance next to a special moose information kiosk.
Driving directions: Go west from Ishpeming on U.S. 28 Ishpeming, to Champion.  Stay on U.S. 28—Van Riper State Park is located 3 miles west of Champion.

The Adams trout fly memorial in Mayfield, Michigan
(just N of Kingsley)

The shipwreck museum memorial
in St. Ignace.

The Elk Memorial at the post office in Atlanta, MI

P.J. Hoffmaster State Park Offers Activities and Hikes, Saturdays in April. As winter melts into spring, you can find adventure and exercise in P.J. Hoffmaster State Park , located at 6585 Lake Harbor Road , Muskegon . The park features 10 miles of hiking trails, 2.5 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, the Gillette Sand Dune Visitor Center and nature programs suitable for all ages and interests. The Visitor Center will be the meeting place for the Exploring Nature programs. Each program includes an activity or short hike. All programs are free. All programs are sponsored by the Gillette Nature Association, For more information, contact the Gillette Visitor Center at 231-798-3573.For a listing of other events taking place in Michigan state parks and recreation areas, visit There is no cost to attend the Exploring Nature programs; however a Recreation Passport is required for entry into the park.

Ludington State Park located at 8800 W. M-116 in Ludington  is offering a Go Get Outdoors free snowshoe trek on Saturdays, Jan. 14 through Feb. 18, weather permitting. These 1-1/2-hour guided snowshoe/nature/history programs will take visitors through Ludington State Park ’s snow-covered sand dunes. Two treks will be offered each Saturday. Start out from the Warming Shelter located next to the parking lot at the end of M-116 at 3 p.m. or try the Moonlight Trek at 7 p.m. The park has 40 pairs of snowshoes to loan out on a first-come, first-served basis. Loaner snowshoes fit visitors ages 10 years old to adult. Reservations are not required. Park staff will be on hand to help novice trekkers with their snowshoes and getting started. Participants are advised to dress warmly, wear good-fitting winter walking shoes or boots, and bring a flashlight if attending the Moonlight Trek. “Snowshoeing can be done by anyone at any age. One hour of moderate walking in snowshoes can burn up to 750 calories, and the sport is one of the safest winter activities,” said Allen Wernette, Ludington State Park interpreter.  For details, call Wernette at 231-843-9261. Snowshoe hikes and cross-country ski events are taking place this winter at many state parks across Michigan. To learn more, visit

Tahquamenon Falls State Park  is located on Michigan Highway 123, near the community of Paradise in Chippewa County. Reservations can be made by calling the park headquarters at (906) 492-3415

Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center Offers  Programs
The Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center, located next to Mitchell State Park
on M-115 in Cadillac.
Admission to the center and the programs is free,
all programs are subject to change.

2012 - Call and check for times and availability
August 5th Bear Hunting 101 call to register
August 21st, 22nd, 23rd Deer Camp stay two nights and learn tricks of the trade.  Participants will receive there hunter and bow hunter safety card

Eddy Discovery Center  Programs - (The center is located at Waterloo State Recreation Area near Chelsea.) The programs are geared toward connecting families with nature, and are offered free of charge. 
All programs are best suited for children between the ages of 7 and 12, and children participating in the programs must be accompanied by an adult.
All programs are offered at the Discovery Center, unless otherwise noted.

All programs are free; however, a State Park Motor Vehicle Permit is required to enter Waterloo State 
To register for these programs or to get more information, please call the center at 734-475-3170.

Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery Visitor Center Offers fun, family friendly weekend events for FREE this January and February. The Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery Visitor Center is located just eight miles west of Kalamazoo in Mattawan at Hatchery Road and M-43, six miles west of US-131. The 7,000 square-foot interpretive center offers visitors a fascinating look at Michigan’s fish and fisheries management programs. Visitors can learn about all aspects of fisheries science through displays, multi-media programs, and interpretive materials. Learn about the habits and biology of fish, as well as the history of fishing in Michigan-from Native Americans to the present.

Unless otherwise noted, programs are offered free of charge and open to all ages. To pre register for a class, call the visitor center at 269-668-2876. For more information, visit

Hatchery Tours, Jan., Feb., and March Saturday; 10 and 11 a.m., 1, 2 and 3 p.m.; Sunday; 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. Tours last approximately 30 minutes.
New winter hours of operation: The Visitor Center will be open weekends in January, February and March on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Unless otherwise noted, programs are open to all ages and skill levels. The walks are not strenuous and are approximately one mile or less. Be sure to dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes.

Sleepy Hollow State Park - Sleepy Hollow State park is located at 7835 East Price Rd. , near Laingsburg.  For more information about the park, call 517-651-6217.

Michigan Fisheries Visitor Center Programs.
The Department of Natural Resources’ visitor center s located at 3377 US-31 in Oden, five miles east of Petoskey.
All programs at the visitor center are free. Hatchery tours are offered y reservation, and hunting and fishing licenses are now on sale at the visitor center. Contacts: Maureen Jacobs-Stine 231-348-0998 or Mary Dettloff 517-335-3014 

Fish with the Pros - For the past five years Lifeline Youth & Family Services has hosted a fundraising event to support programs that help children and families that have been the victims of abuse and neglect.
For more information go to: Or call Ann Hettig, Special Events Director, Lifeline Youth & Family Services, Inc. Cell/Direct: 231-632-3535




Heart of the Forest RV Park...Full service store open year round.
Proc's Huntin Buddy
Uncle Bob"s Smoky Mountain premium all purpose sauce is great for meat, fish and poultry.
Great packages for your advertising needs.
Pilgrim Village Fish Shop..We supply everything but the fish.
Copyright 2004-2012 © Michigan's Hooks & Bullets Magazine. This site is powered by Pure Determination.