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  • A historic photo shows the Copper Harbor Range Light station with the adjacent Fanny Hooe Creek. DNR teams up with MTU archaeologists to restore and interpret historic range lighthouse site in Keweenaw County

    Since the late 1950s, archaeological and restoration work has been performed on the grounds of the Copper Harbor lighthouse in Keweenaw County at Fort Wilkins Historic State Park. Over the past couple of years, new finds and renovations are ongoing on the park’s range lights property, which sits beside Fanny Hooe Creek. These mainland range lights work in concert with the lighthouse on the point to guide vessels to Copper Harbor and then safely into it.

  • Anglers mill around as they await the beginning of a bass tournament on Lake Lansing. DNR bass tournament registrations reveal big popularity

    Bass tournaments have been going on since folks started bass fishing. It’s grown into a multimillion-dollar industry with national tours featuring anglers decked out like NASCAR drivers fishing out of $80,000 boats on some of the most storied bass-fishing waters in America. But this year, there’s one significant difference to Michigan bass tournaments. The Michigan Natural Resources Commission declared last fall that all bass tournaments were required to pre-register with the DNR and then report results of their tournament to the state.

  • A freshly banded woodcock chick in a volunteer bander's hand Volunteer efforts help keep Michigan the top woodcock banding state

    Nearly 100 volunteer woodcock banders explore Michigan woodlots in spring, hoping to find broods of recently hatched woodcock chicks. Michigan is the leader among states with woodcock research programs, banding upwards of 2,000 annually -- more, through this program with volunteers, than anywhere else in the world. Data gathered from the bands helps biologists manage these migratory game birds.

  • Recreation Passport logo The DNR's Recreation Passport - The first five years

    The Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Recreation Passport has been providing visitor vehicle access to Michigan state parks since October 2010. Revenue generated by passport purchases is helping improve all of Michigan’s parks and preserve Michigan’s history for future generations.

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    The DNR understands the importance of preserving and enhancing our strong outdoor heritage, and we are committed to making out door education a priority. Programs that interest women, youth and men may be found in the following articles. All are designed to help you learn more about Michigan's natural resources, in order to gain a greater appreciation of the great outdoors and have more fun in the process!

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