2016 Summer Free Fishing Weekend - official event list

Check out the current list of officially registered 2016 Summer Free Fishing Weekend (June 11 & 12) events. Perhaps you'll attend one, or perhaps one will spark your interest in planning your own event!

All fishing license fees will be waived for two days. Residents and out-of-state visitors may enjoy fishing on all waters for all species of fish. All other fishing regulations still apply. For Free Fishing Weekend events in your area, click on any county listed below.

Please note that some events do require pre-registration and/or a fee. During the 2016 Summer Free Fishing Weekend no DNR Recreation Passport will be required at any state park or recreation area!

Baraga County Barry County Bay County
Benzie County Branch County Calhoun County
Cheboygan County Delta County Genesee County
Gratiot County Hillsdale County Houghton County
Iron County Lapeer County Lenawee County
Livingston County Manistee County Mason County
Mecosta County Muskegon County Oakland County
Oceana County Ontonagon County Ottawa County
Roscommon County St. Clair County Van Buren County
Washtenaw County Wexford County  

 

Baraga County
Event Name: Baraga County Lake Trout Festival
Location: L'Anse Waterfront Park, N. Main Street, L'Anse
Date: Saturday, June 11
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Details: Come fish in the free fishing pond as part of the Baraga County Lake Trout Festival!
Contact: somerok@michigan.gov, 906-353-6558

Barry County
Event Name: Lions for West Michigan Fishing Tournament
Location: 12499 S Floria Road, Delton
Date: Saturday, June 11 & Sunday, June 12
Time:
Details: This fishing tournament is looking to help raise money to bring lions to Binder Park Zoo.
Contact: sagerfarms@gmail.com

Bay County
Event Name: Free Fishing Festival
Location: Bay City State Recreation Area, 3582 State Park Drive, Bay City
Date: Saturday, June 11
Time:
Details: Come visit the Saginaw Bay Visitor Center for a variety of activities including a youth fishing derby, kids casting contest, fishing clinic, FISH FAIR with activity booth and a free picnic.
Contact: blaschkav@michigan.gov, 989-667-0717

Benzie County
Event Name: Young State Park Kids Fishing Tournament
Location: Young State Park, 02280 Boyne City Road, Boyne City
Date: Saturday, June 11
Time: 10 to 11 am
Details: Young State Park will be hosting a kids fishing tournament on Mirror Pond. Fishing rods and bait will be provided.
Contact: 231-582-7523

Branch County
Event Name: Take-A-Kid Fishing
Location: Rotary Park, Coldwater
Date: Saturday, June 11
Time: 8 am to 1 pm
Details: Join this event, hosted by BASS Unlimited of Branch County, where the kids get to fish! Lunch is provided.
Contact: tammievaughn@hotmail.com, 517-617-6738

Calhoun County
Event Name: Marshall Recreation Fish N' Float
Location: 900 South Marshall Avenue, Marshall
Date: Saturday, June 11
Time:
Details: Canoe and kayak floats will be available on the millpond, courtesy of the City of Marshall Recreation. There will also be a fishing derby for kids ages four to 12, a casting contest, and hot dogs!
Contact: jmiller@cityofmarshall.com, 269-781-5166

Cheboygan County
Event Name: Cheboygan Field Office Annual Youth Fishing Tournament
Location: 120 A Street, Cheboygan
Date: Saturday, June 11
Time: 8:30 am to 12 pm
Details: Come to this annual tournament, hosted by the DNR's Cheboygan Field Office. Bait is provided.
Contact: 231-627-9011

Delta County
Event Name: Kids Fishing Day
Location: Camp 7 Campground, Hiawatha National Forest
Date: Saturday, June 11
Time: 11 am
Details: There's no charge for anything at this event - come enjoy free fishing ponds, a casting contest, food and a raffle!
Contact: gcolson1951@gmail.com, 906-474-6302

Genesee County
Event Name: 4th Annual Kid's Fishing Derby / Clinic
Location: 11410 Seymour Road, Montrose
Date: Saturday, June 11
Time: 9 am to 2 pm
Details: At this event, hosted by the Knights of Columbus, children age 15 and under can participate in this free fishing contest. Free lunch will be provided for all participants. Parental supervision is required.
Contact: fs8669@mikofc.org, 810-639-6317

Gratiot County
Event Name: Joe Scholtz Memorial Free Fishing Derby
Location: Leppien Park, St. Louis
Date: Saturday, June 11
Time: All day
Details: Join this event, prizes will be awarded to everyone and free hotdogs will be served.
Contact: larpat50@yahoo.com, 989-560-0800

Hillsdale County
Event Name: Kids Fishing Derby
Location: Lewis Emery Park and rearing ponds, Hillsdale
Date: Saturday, June 11
Time: 9:30 am to 1 pm
Details: Register at 9:30 for this event. Fishing is allowed from 10 am to 1 pm. Lunch and prizes are provided. Participants must bring their own fishing gear.
Contact: jlynnwickham@gmail.com, 517-523-2146

Event Name: Whiskey River Campground - Free Fishing Weekend
Location: Whiskey River Campground, 1561 W. Bear Lake Road, Hillsdale
Date: Saturday, June 11 & Sunday, June 12
Time: All day, both days
Details: Free entry to the campgrond to fish the ponds and waterways.
Contact: whiskeyrivercampground@gmail.com, 517-243-0723

Houghton County
Event Name: Rice Lake Fishing Derby
Location: Lake Linden Hubbell Sportsmen's Association, Inc., 51610 Rice Lake Road, Lake Linden
Date: Sunday, June 12
Time: Registration starts at 7 am, fish must be weighed by 4 pm
Details: The family-oriented event will feature food, fun and games! There are fees for participating anglers - $5 per adult, $3 per junior and $1 per child.
Contact: kamachie@mtu.edu, 906-296-0365

Iron County
Event Name: Ottawa National Forest: Lake Ottawa Kids Fishing Derby
Location: Lake Ottawa, Iron River
Date: Saturday, June 11
Time: 7 am to 12 pm
Details: Come out for this annual fishing derby on Lake Ottawa. There will be lots of fun to be had; including fishing, contests, minnow races, free lunch and prizes!
Contact: sspearson@fs.fed.us, 906-358-4027

Lapeer County
Event Name: Metamora-Hadley Family Fishing Derby
Location: Metamora-Hadley Recreation Area, 3871 Herd Road, Metamora
Date: Saturday, June 11
Time: 8:30 to 11:30 am
Details: This free fishing contest is perfect for the whole family. There will be a fun prize given out for the biggest fish caught in each age group. Participants may fish from shore or from boats, but Lake Minnawanna is a "no wake lake".
Contact: farrellt@michigan.gov, 810-797-4439

Lenawee County
Event Name: Tecumseh Fishing Derby
Date: Saturday, June 11
Time: 9 am to 12 pm
Details: This free derby for kids begins at 9 a.m. and participants may win a prize! There will be a free hot dog lunch at noon.
Contact: slim@tecumseh.mi.us, 517-423-5602

Livingston County
Event Name: 10th Annual Tip-Ups for Troops
Location: Kensington Metropark, 4570 Huron River Parkway, Milford
Date: Saturday, June 11
Time: 6 am to 4 pm
Details: This event is a veteran appreciation bass team tournament. Also featured is a BBQ, classic car show and family fun walk.
Contact: rvbriggsjr@yahoo.com, 810-908-1901

Event Name: Youth Fishing Contest
Location: Brighton State Recreation Area, 6360 Chilson Road, Howell
Date: Saturday, June 11
Time: 10 am to 12 pm
Details: For those participating in this event, prizes will be awarded for the largest fish and most fish caught.
Contact: holcombra@comcast.net, 810-229-6566

Manistee County
Event Name: Annual Bobbie Brown Kids Free Fishing Event
Location: Crystal Lake, Wellston
Date: Saturday, June 11
Time: 8:30 am to 12 pm
Details: This event will provide a prize to all participating kids. It's hosted by the Wellston Boosters Association.
Contact: roadkingdc@hotmail.com, 231-330-2422

Mason County
Event Name: Summer 2016 Free Fishing Weekend
Location: 217 E. Ludington Avenue, Ludington & 204 E. State Street, Scottville
Date: Saturday, June 11 & Sunday, June 12
Time: All day, both days
Details: Fishing rods will be available to borrow from the Mason County District Library.
Contact: scarlson@mcdlibrary.org, 231-843-8465

Mecosta County
Event Name: Fishing with My Family
Location: Latimer Park, Morley
Date: Saturday, June 11
Time: 11 am to 2 pm
Details: A free community event in which limited supplies of fishing gear are available, along with crafts and games.
Contact: sroskoski@mmcaa.org, 989-386-0892

Muskegon County
Event Name: WLASA Kids Fishing Contest
Location: Whitehall Goodrich Park pavilion
Date: Saturday, June 11
Time: 7 am to 1 pm
Details: Free kids fishing contest for youths age 3 to 16. Register at Whitehall Goodrich Park via www.wlasa-mi.com.
Contact: 231-557-6473

Event Name: Muskegon Conservation Club's Free Fishing Derby for Children
Location: Muskegon Conservation Club, 1921 Lake Avenue, North Muskegon
Date: Saturday, June 11
Time: 9 am to 2 pm
Details: This event is targeted for kids age four to 12 who attend with an adult. Fishing will occur from 11 am to noon. Prizes and lunch will be available at noon.
Contact:

Oakland County
Event Name: Family Fishing Night
Location: Marshbank Park, 2805 Hiller Road, West Bloomfield Township
Date: Sunday, June 12
Time: 4 to 6 pm
Details: Join West Bloomfield Parks at Marshbank Park on Cass Lake for a night of fishing fun! Staff will be on hand, with a limited number of fishing rods, to provid hands-on instruction. A picnic dinner and light refreshments will be served. Registration is required and no on-site registration will be offered. Fees are $9 per resident and $12 per non-resident.
Contact: wbparks@westbloomfieldparks.org, 248-451-1900

Event Name: Celebrating Lakes
Location: 9501 Shashabaw Road, Clarkston
Date: Saturday, June 11
Time: 10 am to 12 pm
Details: Join Oakland County Parks for a lecture on Aquatic Invasive Species and a tour of Crooked Lake to learn about lake ecology.
Contact: doughertyk@oakgov.com, 248-858-0704

Event Name: Springfield Township Fishing Derby
Location: 12000 Davisburg Road, Springfield Township
Date: Sunday, June 12
Time: 12 to 2 pm
Details: Join Springfield Township Parks and Recreation for their derby where prizes will be awarded for most fish caught, largest fish caught and dry catching competitions. This event suggests you practice catch-and-release.
Contact: srichmond@springfield-twp.us, 248-846-6558

Event Name: Fishing simply sticks!
Location: Holly State Recreation Area, 5300 McGinnis Road, Holly
Date: Saturday, June 11
Time: 1:30 to 4:30 pm
Details: Build a simple fishing rod using a stick and other materials, learn how to forage for bait, and much more!
Contact: 248-634-8811

Oceana County
Event Name: Recreation 202 - Walleye Fishing Seminar
Location: Silver Lake State Park, 8674 N. Lighthouse Drive, Mears
Date: Sunday, June 12
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Details: Join this seminar with charter boat captain Ken Clark.
Contact: bucke1@michigan.gov, 989-313-0000

Ontonagon County
Event Name: Ontonagon Fishing Derby
Location: Ontonagon Marina, Ontonagon
Date: Saturday, June 11
Time:
Details: Sponsored by the Ottawa National Forest with support from various partners, this is the 26th annual fishing derby.
Contact: pnankervis@fs.fed.us, 906-852-3500

Ottawa County
Event Name: Free Fishing Derby
Location: 2215 Ottawa Beach Road, Holland
Date: Saturday, June 11
Time: 2 to 6 p.m.
Details: Bring the entire family out to Holland State Park for four hours of fishing fun!
Contact: visschera@michigan.gov, 616-399-9390

Roscommon County
Event Name: Michigan's Other Great Lakes Family Fishing Fest
Location: Roscommon County lakes & streams
Date: Saturday, June 11
Time: All day
Details: This multi-generation family fishing contest/event is held throughout Roscommon County and is hosted by the Roscommon County Economic Development Council.
Contact: info@visithoughtonlake.com, 989-422-2002

Event Name: Catch Us If You Can
Location: Higgins Lake / Houghton Lake / Lake St. Helen
Date: Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12
Time: All day, both days
Details: Catch a yellow-tagged fish from any of the three participating lakes and get two $50 gas cards! This effort is hosted by the Houghton Lake Area Tourism Bureau.
Contact: info@visithoughtonlake.com, 989-422-2002

Event Name: Family Fishing Fest
Location: 10635 N. Harrison Road, Higgins Lake
Date: Saturday, June 11
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Details: Fishing contest with exhibitors from local businesses and agencies, hosted by Friends of Lyon Township.
Contact: donnickel53@yahoo.com, 989-821-6727

Event Name: Higgins Lake Family Fishing Fest
Location: Park 27, on Old 27, near Silver Dollar Saloon
Date: Saturday, June 11
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Details: Lots of fun activities planned -- including Rosa the Clown, free popcorn and fishing prizes!
Contact: info@hlrcc.com, 989-275-8760

Event Name: Free Fishing Frenzy at South Higgins Lake State Park
Location: South Higgins State Park, 106 State Park Drive (Marl Lake)
Date: Saturday, June 11
Time: 11 am to 12:30 pm
Details: Join the free fishing derby for all ages at Marl Lake!
Contact: 989-821-6374

 

 

St. Clair County
Event Name: 28th Annual Free Fishing Clinic for Kids - Port Huron Charter Township
Location: William P. Thompson Pond (40th Street), Port Huron Charter Township
Date: Saturday, June 11
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Details: Come fish for free! Rods and bait will be provided, as well as free hot dogs and drinks!
Contact: phttrustee.livingston@gmail.com, 810-987-6600

 

 

Van Buren County
Event Name: Hook, Line and Sinker Kids Fishing
Location: Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery, 34270 County Road 652, Mattawan
Date: Saturday, June 11
Time:
Details: Come enjoy kid-friendly catch-and-release fishing!
Contact: ramseys2@michigan.gov, 269-668-2876

Washtenaw County
Event Name: Hook, Line & Sinker
Location: Waterloo Recreation Area, Crooked Lake fishing pier, Loveland Road, Chelsea
Date: Saturday, June 11
Time: 10 to 11:30 am
Details: Learn to fish with the DNR! Rods, bait and instructions will be provided.
Contact: mcglashenk@michigan.gov, 734-475-3170

Event Name: "Reel" Fun Fishing Derby
Location: 4225 Platt Road, Ann Arbor
Date: Saturday, June 11
Time: 8 to 10 am
Details: Spend the morning with Pittsfield Township Parks & Recreation fishing, participating in contests, and winning prizes.
Contact: recreation@pittsfield-mi.gov, 734-822-2120

Event Name: Free Fishing Frenzy!
Location: Hayes State Park, 1220 Wamplers Lake Road, Onsted
Date: Saturday, June 11
Time:
Details: This event will feature fishing games, friendly competition, prizes and fun for the whole family!
Contact: 517-262-7727

Event Name: 'Reel' Fun Fishing Derby
Location: 4365 Platt Road, Ann Arbor
Time: 8 to 10 a.m.
Details: Join the Pittsfield Township Parks and Recreation Department for this fun event. Spend the morning filled with fishing and giveaways. Bring your own equipment and bait.
Contact: lesmeisterd@pittsfield-mi.gov

 

Wexford County
Event Name: Youth Fishing Derby
Location: Carl T. Johnson Hunt & Fish Center, 6087 M-115, Cadillac
Date: Saturday, June 11
Time:
Details: Join Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center staff for a great fishing experience!
Contact: shawe@michigan.gov, 231-779-1321