DNR's Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program offers winter sports workshop in Ontonagon County

Contact: Michelle Zellar, 906-293-5131
Agency: Natural Resources

Dec. 13, 2018

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is offering a weekend winter sports workshop for women amid the breathtaking beauty of Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.

The workshop, offered through the DNR’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program, is scheduled for the weekend of Jan. 25-27. The outing is for women who have some previous experience and would like to expand on their skills and abilities.

“Throughout the weekend, participants will have opportunities to ice fish, cross-country ski and snowshoe,” said BOW coordinator Michelle Zellar. “This will be a great time having fun in the snow, while adding to our growing set of outdoors skills.”

Participants should bring ice-fishing gear, snowshoes, cross-country skis, a headlamp and outdoor gear appropriate for winter weather. There is a downhill ski resort, so attendees also may want to bring downhill skis.

Workshop attendees who would like to fish will need to bring a fishing license or purchase one prior to arrival. The cost is $26 for an annual license, or $10 for a 24-hour license. Fishing licenses are available at a range of retail outlets or online at mdnr-elicense.com. Participants also will need to secure their own Recreation Passport for entry into the state park.

Participants will meet at the Kaug Wudjoo Lodge on Friday afternoon/evening for two nights of lodging. The lodge is located near the east entry to the park and Union Bay. Instructors will be on site beginning at 2 p.m. Dinner will be provided by the instructors Friday evening. The lodge has a full kitchen, allowing participants to prepare meals on site for the remainder of the event.

Participants must be 18 or older. Enrollment is limited to 10. The deadline for registration is Jan. 7, 2019.  Class information and registration materials are available online at michigan.gov/bow. This will be a rain, shine or snow event.

For further information, contact Michelle Zellar at 906-293-5131 or DNRBOW@michigan.gov.

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 michigan.gov/DNR.