Great Outdoors Jamboree coming back to southeast Michigan Sept. 9

Contact: Stephanie Yancer, 989-274-6182 or Jim Knox, 517-467-7401
Agency: Natural Resources

Aug. 9, 2018

boy and girl hunters with birds they tookPheasants Forever, the Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources invite anyone looking for a fun, free way to enjoy the outdoors to the sixth annual Great Outdoors Jamboree Sunday, Sept. 9. Taking place at Lake Hudson Recreation Area in Lenawee County from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – and coinciding with Grandparents Day – the event offers a chance to learn about Michigan outdoor recreation opportunities and participate in a variety of activities for both new and returning visitors.  

Visitors can learn skills needed to hunt, fish or enjoy just about any outdoor recreation pursuit, as well as see a live birds of prey program presented by Michigan Avian Experience. More than 30 vendors will be on hand to display, discuss and give hands-on instruction in archery, target shooting, bass fishing, campsite exploration, boating and many other nature-based activities. Smokey Bear also will be there for a great family photo opportunity.

The event also will offer opportunities to learn about habitat and environmental projects and take part in a live youth chukar hunt. Pre-registration is required for the youth chukar hunt, and children age 12-17 may participate. Please contact Julie Griswold at 734-320-9243 (after 4 p.m.) or to register. 

DNR staffer helping boy shoot crossbow at target“Not only will we have a live chukar hunt and lots of outdoor-themed activity stations to explore, but the first 50 grandparents who attend with their grandchildren will receive a gift,” said Jim Knox, park manager for Lake Hudson Recreation Area.

A food vendor will be on site or visitors can bring a picnic lunch to enjoy by the lake. A water bottle and a backpack or tote bag for take-home giveaways are recommended, as is dressing for the weather since the event will be held rain or shine. All ages are welcome.

“Spending your day with us at the Great Outdoors Jamboree will guarantee you a fun-filled day with your family with plenty of memories that will last forever,” said Bill Fischer, outreach coordinator for Pheasants Forever Michigan. “Now that sounds like a great way to spoil your loved ones this Grandparent’s Day. We can't wait to see everyone there!”

There is no charge to participate in the event, but a Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry to Lake Hudson Recreation Area. Recreation Passports can be purchased at the park entrance, or check out a free Michigan Activity Pass from a local library.  

The Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative aims to restore and enhance Michigan pheasant habitat, populations and hunting opportunities on private and public lands via pheasant cooperatives. For more information about the initiative, and about pheasant hunting, visit

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to

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The Great Outdoors Jamboree, Sept. 9. at Lake Hudson Recreation Area in Lenawee County, offers a chance to learn about Michigan outdoor recreation opportunities and participate in a variety of activities, including a youth chukar hunt, archery and fishing.