Big Mac bike tour on tap
MACKINAW CITY — One of Northern Michigan’s best and most scenic bike tours is back in its 27th year with some big changes.
Traditionally this ride has been one of the few cycling events to cross the Mackinac Bridge. Since the Mackinac Bridge Authority no longer allows cycling events The Big Mac Scenic Shoreline Bike Tour is now including a ride around Mackinac Island for day two. This is currently the only tour that goes along Mackinac Island and M-185, the only state highway in Michigan that does not permit motorized vehicle traffic.
Customize June 8’s route based on skill level — choose a 25-, 50-, 70-, or 85-mile option.
First timer? Try the 25-mile route. Enjoy a complimentary picnic-fare luncheon after the ride.
On June 9, enjoy a morning ferry ride with and a scenic tour of Mackinac Island and a huge group photo (which will be available online for all participants) at Windermere Point following the event.
This is a family friendly ride. Limit 150 participants for the island component. Must participate
in the day one ride in order to participate in the Island tour on day two. Registration now open online for spring and fall rides: www.mackinawchamber.com. Call 231-436-5574 for details.
Trout festival coming up
L’ANSE — The 13th annual Baraga County Lake Trout Festival 2018 will take place Saturday which coincides with Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend and no fishing license necessary.
Baraga County has been named the Lake Trout Capital of the Great Lakes and the free (no admission charge) festival will combine the Keweenaw Classic Fishing Tournament with family-oriented fun events.
Food and fun for the entire family will include food and drink booths, coffee and baked goods, arts and crafts booths, junk art contest and sidewalk art, kids’ games and carnival, ducky river contest and kids’ fishing pond. And, don’t miss the Little Miss Superior Talent contest and coloring contest.
Feeling competitive? The festival also has a pie-eating contest and cardboard boat races — see how a boat and crew can race the course on the beautiful bay. For the more competitive, there’s the 1/2 marathon, 8-mile run or walk, 5K and a kids’ 1/4 mile Minnow Run, all sponsored by the BCMH Fitness Center.
The fishing tournament will have separate classes for lake trout and salmon with many cash and merchandise awards as well as door prizes. Last year’s first-place winners in each category took home $1,200. Catch a specially-tagged fish and win an additional $100. All events will take place in the Waterfront Park and Marina in downtown L’Anse. In case of inclement weather, the Fishing Tournament will be held June 10. For entry forms and information, visit www.laketroutfestival.com.
For maps and accommodation information, visit the website of Baraga County Convention and Visitors Bureau (www.baragacounty.org), or call 800-743-4908, M-F 9-5 EST. For fishing tournament information and details, contact Steve Koski 906-395-1282, firstname.lastname@example.org
And for running information, go to laketroutfestrunwalk.com.
Climate change group session set
MARQUETTE — The public is invited to join the Marquette Chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby for the group’s monthly meeting in the Lion’s Room of the Peter White Public Library at 12:30 p.m. June 9.
The national CCL group will present a video-conference to the local chapters during these meetings, which are regularly scheduled the second Saturday of each month.
Kids fishing day at Camp 7
RAPID RIVER — The Hiawatha National Forest, together with numerous partners and volunteers, will once again be sponsoring “Kids Fishing Day” on June 9 at the Camp 7 Lake Campground.
Kids Fishing Day is a longstanding free event that creates an opportunity for children to be introduced to fishing. Various activities are planned throughout the day for children 16 years of age and under.
This free, fun-filled day includes a casting contest, raffle prizes, minnow races, face painting, free food, fly fishing demonstrations, and two fishing ponds for kids ages 12 and under. Professional fisherman Greg Karch will be returning with his “Backyard Bass” gear and will teach youngsters how to cast. Smokey Bear will be there as well.
The first 300 children to attend will receive a free goodie bag with items donated by fishing tackle manufacturers. Thanks to generous donations from area businesses and service organizations, there will be abundant raffle prizes for participants which include fishing rods, tackle boxes and other outdoor items. Free food donated by local merchants from Manistique, Escanaba, Gladstone and Rapid River will be served up by the Bay de Noc Great Lakes Sports Fishermen.
This year marks the 27th anniversary of this popular event. June 9 is part of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Free Fishing weekend so all fishing license fees are waived for residents and out-of-state visitors alike. All fishing regulations will still apply. Visit www.michigan.gov/dnr to view the 2018 Michigan Fishing Guide.
Kids Fishing Day is made possible thanks to the Bay de Noc Great Lakes Sport Fishermen, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Unlimited of Delta County, the Hiawatha National Forest and the cooperation of many volunteers, local merchants and service organizations.
Camp 7 Lake Campground has 39 campsites and there still may be a handful of campsites available for reservation for the weekend. Campers can contact the National Recreation Reservation Service to reserve a campsite by calling 1-877-444-6777, or by going to www.recreation.gov and searching on Camp Seven Lake. Some of the campsites offer electricity. There are also many campsites available on a first come, first served basis and based on previous year’s experience, campers should plan to arrive on Thursday or early Friday morning to have the best chance of finding an open campsite.
For those looking for a more secluded, rustic camping experience, there are dispersed campsites located on nearby Lyman and Gooseneck lakes. Those campsites can also be reserved by calling the NRRS or going to www.recreation.gov.
Parents are encouraged to bring their children out to Camp 7 Lake to introduce them to the joys of family fishing for this free event. This is a great time to explore other opportuntities in the Hiawatha National Forest. Begin your adventure at www.fs.usda.gov/hiawatha or catch up with us at www.facebook.com/HiawathaNF .
Additional questions about Kids Fishing Day can be directed to the Rapid River/Manistique Ranger District office at 906-474-6442.