Great Outdoors Jamboree, Sept. 8, offers free outdoor family fun

Contact: Stephanie Yancer, 989-686-2790 or Shane Morse, 517-467-7401
Agency: Natural Resources

Aug. 13, 2019

man helping young girl learn how to fish by lakeLooking for a fun, free way to enjoy the outdoors? Pheasants Forever, the Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative and the Department of Natural Resources invite you to the seventh annual Great Outdoors Jamboree Sunday, Sept. 8 at Lake Hudson Recreation Area in Lenawee County. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and offers a chance to learn about Michigan outdoor recreation opportunities and participate in a variety of fun, family-friendly activities.  


Learn the skills needed to hunt, fish or enjoy many other outdoor recreation pursuits. 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 more nature-based activities.

Opportunities will also be available to learn about habitat and environmental projects and take part in a live youth chukar hunt. Preregistration 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 dixievriverwoods@gmail.com to register. 

DNR staffer teaching boy to 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 prize,” said Bill Fisher, outreach coordinator for Pheasants Forever Michigan.


A vendor will be on site with food for sale 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.

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 a free Michigan Activity Pass can be checked out from a local library.