Article Posted: December 26, 2001

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LANSING--The Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program is offering one-day
and weekend workshops this winter for women who wish to
learn some new outdoor skills and share a fun outdoor
experience with other women.
"Winter is one quarter of our lives, so we want women to be
able to make the most of it," said Lynn Marla, DNR BOW
Coordinator. "With adequate experience and preparation, even
camping in sub-zero temperatures can be safe, comfortable
and a real thrill."
An ice fishing clinic is planned for Saturday, Jan. 12, at
Sleepy Hollow State Park north of Lansing. Park Supervisor
Terry Ellenwood said ice has formed on Lake Ovid between the
holidays in six of the past eight years, so he's still
optimistic. All equipment will be provided, but participants
must have a valid Michigan fishing license, and a state park
motor vehicle permit is required for entry into the park. To
register, contact Lynn Marla at 517-241-2225; e-mail:
On Saturday, Jan. 19, BOW is sponsoring a full afternoon of
instruction and cross country skiing at Sleeper State Park
in Michigan's Thumb. Participants are encouraged to stay for
an evening of candlelight skiing on the park's groomed
trails. Participants may bring their own skis or rent them
at Heins Hardware in Port Austin. Contact Lynn Marla for
registration information.
BOW is still taking reservations for the full three-day
winter weekend, Jan. 25-27, at the beautiful
NettieBay Lodge in Presque Isle County, 14 miles southwest
of Rogers City. This workshop will include
dog sledding, ice fishing, snowshoeing, cross country
skiing, winter ecology and a class in winter river rafting
for the more adventuresome. A class on basket making and a
soap making demonstration awaits those who want to stay
indoors and relax by the fire. The total cost of this
program is $175 and enrollment will be limited to 35
participants. For more information, contact Nancy Thurston
at 810-392-2111; e-mail: thurston@klondyke.net.
A second BOW winter weekend is planned for Feb. 22-24, at
picturesque Fortune Lake near Crystal Falls in the Upper
Peninsula. The cozy Fortune Lake Camp is set in a deeply-
wooded area near one of Michigan's premier wilderness state
parks. Classes will be offered in cross country skiing, ice
fishing, dog sledding, skijoring, winter survival,
snowmobiling, outdoor photography, snowshoeing and more.
Those who wish to take a break from the outdoors can attend
indoor classes in journal writing, one-burner cooking, fish
decoy carving and fly tying. Long saunas, bonfires, music
and special prizes will add to the weekend festivities.
Women, 18 or older, are eligible to attend. The $135
registration fee covers lodging, meals, all instruction and
most equipment. Enrollment will be limited to 50
participants. To receive more information and request a
registration form, contact Ann Wilson or Sharon Urbanski at
Many other outdoor programs for women will take place in
2002 across Michigan. To learn more about upcoming programs,
contact Lynn Marla at 517-241-2225; e-mail:
marlal@michigan.gov, or visit the DNR Web site at

Source: MDNR

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