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E-M:/ Project GO and Free Fishing Weekend Provide Opportunities to Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Enviro-Mich message from "Richard Morscheck" <morscher@michigan.gov>

May 18, 2006

CONTACT: Mary Dettloff 517-335-3014 or Colleen Steinman 517-373-0399

Project GO and Free Fishing Weekend
Provide Opportunities to Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Whether it's a casting clinic, a fishing derby or a guided trail hike, June 10-11 will provide ample outdoor recreation opportunities for people to enjoy Great Lakes, Great Times and the Great Outdoors.

The weekend honors both Free Fishing Weekend and Project GO-Get Outdoors with events that celebrate outdoor recreation opportunities, including free fishing. For a complete list of events and locations, please visit the DNR Web site at www.michigan.gov/dnr.

Michigan's annual summer Free Fishing Weekend provides two days when Michigan residents and out-of-state visitors can fish without purchasing a fishing license. All other fishing regulations apply.

"Fishing in Michigan is part of our cultural heritage, and a great family tradition. Free Fishing Weekend, in conjunction with Project GO-Get Outdoors, provides opportunities for individuals and families to learn about and enjoy the incredible natural resources this state has to offer," said Kelley Smith, chief of the DNR Fisheries Division. "It is an excellent time for those who fish frequently to introduce others to this enjoyable pastime and to mentor others about the importance of conserving the state's aquatic resources and our fishing heritage, today and for future generations."

Project GO-Get Outdoors, started in July 2005, celebrates Michigan's outdoor recreation opportunities and the role they play in improving the quality of life for residents and visitors.

"As gas prices continue to rise, these events provide people with opportunities to explore state parks, recreation areas, and water access sites close to home," said Ron Olson, chief of the Parks and Recreation Division. "Fishing, boating, camping, hiking, horseback riding, running and all other outdoor activities improve the quality of life for Michigan's residents and our guests."

All motor vehicles entering a state park or recreation area must display a Motor Vehicle Permit, available for purchase at the park or recreation area entrance. Cost is $24 for resident annual and $6 for resident daily. A nonresident annual is $29 and a nonresident daily is $8.

The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for current and future generations.


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