The Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery Visitor Center in Mattawan, Michigan, will offer a variety of opportunities to enjoy Michigan’s great outdoors this winter. Upcoming programs include:
Just Add Snow! Snowshoe Walks
Morning and afternoon:
- 3 at 3 p.m.
- 3 at 6 p.m.
In these programs, lasting approximately 90 minutes, participants will learn how to use snowshoes and then take a walk to test their new skills, all while discovering the fascinating world of winter ecology. Visitors can borrow some snowshoes from the visitor center or bring their own. Programs are dependent upon snow conditions and are subject to cancellation. Cancellation will be communicated via Facebook at www.facebook.com/wolflakehatchery and on the visitor center’s outgoing message at 269-668-2876. This program is for those age 5 and older. [read more]
Jan. 20 at 8:30 and 11:30 a.m.
Learn the basics of tying flies with avid fly-tiers Mr. Mike and Dennis Mulka. All practice materials will be provided. Class size is limited for each session, and pre-registration is required. This program is recommended for those 8 years of age and older. Register online for Fly-Tying 101.
Feb. 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Participants in this DNR Outdoor Skills Academy class will be guided through advanced skill-building in the art of fly-tying. Avid fly-tiers Mr. Mike and Dennis Mulka will return to offer more in-depth skills for tying a variety of advanced flies. Participants must have taken our Fly-Tying 101 Class (offered Jan. 20) or have a working knowledge of basic fly-tying. Pre-registration is required. Participants must be 12 years of age or older. Cost of the class is $25, which includes refreshments and all materials. Register online for Advanced Fly-Tying.
Wild About Winter Activity Day
Feb. 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ice fishing programs at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Borrow some snowshoes to hit the trails, warm up with some hot cocoa by the fire, learn about ice fishing and check out a variety of fun family activities – including a winter scavenger hunt, jig-making and more. All ages are welcome.
Winter Bird Walk and Great Backyard Bird Count
Feb. 17 at 10 a.m.
The Audubon Society of Kalamazoo will lead this winter bird walk, where participants will discover the many birds that stay in Michigan throughout the winter season. Part of the Great Backyard Bird Count, this program will last approximately 90 minutes. The open habitat on the ponds can be exceptionally cold and windy, so participants are asked to dress appropriately for the weather. All ages are welcome.
Feb. 17 at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.
Discover how the Michigan Department of Natural Resources raises millions of fish every year to stock in Michigan’s lakes, rivers and streams. Tours are approximately 30 minutes. All ages are welcome.
The visitor center is closed in January, February and March, with the exception of these programs. It will reopen to the public on a regular basis for the spring season in early April 2018.
For more information, contact the Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery Visitor Center at 269-668-2876 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Dedicated to providing quality programming that tells the remarkable tale of Michigan’s Great Lakes fisheries and the vital role played by hatcheries in this story, the visitor center is located on the grounds of the Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery at 34270 County Road 652 in Mattawan. Learn more at www.michigan.gov/wolflakevc.