Article Posted: May 18, 2001

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LANSING--The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is
expanding its free fishing tackle loaner program to 32 parks
this summer in order to get more rods and reels into the
hands of kids and other beginners to encourage them to try
The fishing equipment is provided to participating state,
regional and local parks through the DNR Urban Fisheries
Program in an effort to make introductory fishing
experiences more readily available to new anglers.
"This grass roots partnership makes it possible for
beginning anglers to enjoy fishing without first needing to
purchase any equipment," said Ken Dodge, DNR Urban Fisheries
Specialist. "Michigan has great fishing opportunities for
everyone, and we want anyone interested to have the chance
to try."
Fishing is a wholesome, lifetime leisure activity with a
host of social, recreational and resource-based benefits. A
youngster turned on to fishing may be less likely to turn on
to trouble. Participation in fishing also serves to promote
an interest in the outdoor environment and often leads to
fostering positive attitudes of stewardship toward natural
resources. Few people have a greater personal interest in
restoring and maintaining clean water and healthy fish
populations than avid anglers.
Each participating park will have 20 rods and reels
available on a loan basis along with basic terminal tackle
including hooks, bobbers and sinkers. A nominal deposit may
be required. Please contact the individual participating
park for details.
The parks participating in the fishing tackle loaner program
this summer are:
Michigan State Parks and Recreation Areas:
Bay City State Recreation Area, Bay City, 517-684-3020
Brighton Recreation Area, Brighton, 810-229-6566
W. J. Hayes State Park, Onsted, 517-467-7401
Holland State Park, Holland, 616-399-9390
Holly Recreation Area, Holly, 248-634-8811
Ionia Recreation Area, Ionia, 616-527-3750
McLain State Park, Hancock, 906-482-0278
Metamora-Hadley Recreation Area, Metamora, 810-797-4439
William Mitchell State Park, Cadillac, 231-775-7911
Muskegon State Park, North Muskegon, 231-744-3480
Otsego Lake State Park, Gaylord, 517-732-5485
Pinckney Recreation Area, Pinckney, 734-426-4913
Pontiac Lake Recreation Area, Waterford, 248-666-1020
Proud Lake Recreation Area, Milford, 248-685-2433
Seven Lakes State Park, Fenton, 248-634-7271
Sterling State Park, Monroe, 734-289-2715
Twin Lakes State Park, Toivola, 906-288-3321

Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority:
Kensington Metropark, Milford, 810-227-2627
Lake Erie Metropark, Rockwood, 800-477-3189
Stony Creek Metropark, Shelby Township, 800-477-7756
Willow Metropark, Belleville, 800-477-3182

Oakland County Parks:
Addison Oaks, Leonard, 248-693-2432
Groveland Oaks, Holly, 248-634-9811
Independence Oaks, Clarkston, 248-825-0877

Bath Township Parks and Recreation Dept. (Ingham County):
Equipment at Township Office, 517-641-6728

City of Dewitt Parks and Recreation Dept.:
Equipment at City Office, 517-669-2801

Ingham County Parks:
Burchfield Park, North Aurelius, 517-6762233

City of Rochester Hills:
Spencer Park, Rochester Hills, 248-656-4657

Springfield Township Parks (Oakland County):
Mill Pond Park, Davisburg, 248-634-0412

Sumpter Township (Belleville):
Equipment at Township Office, 734-461-6201

Wayne County Parks:
Newburgh Lake, Plymouth, 734-261-2025

Westland Parks and Recreation Dept.:
Equipment at Parks and Rec. Office, City Hall, 734-722-7620

Source: MDNR

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