Article Posted: May 14, 2002

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LANSING--The Michigan Department of Natural Resources
has the perfect solution for families who want to go
fishing, but don't have any fishing tackle. All they need to
do is visit one of the 32 parks that are participating in
the DNR's summer fishing tackle loaner program.
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. The
program is designed is to get rods and reels into the hands
of kids and other beginners to encourage them to try the fun
of fishing without first needing to purchase tackle.
Participation in fishing 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 do
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. A valid Michigan fishing license is required
for all persons 17 years of age or older. Please contact the
individual parks for details. Parks participating in the
fishing tackle loaner program this summer are:
Michigan State Parks and Recreation Areas
Bay City State Park, Bay City, 517-684-3020
Brighton State Recreation Area, Brighton, 810-229-6566
Hayes State Park, Onsted, 517-467-7401
Holland State Park, Holland, 616-399-9390
Holly State Recreation Area, Holly, 248-634-8811
Ionia State Recreation Area, Ionia, 616-527-3750
McLain State Park, Hancock, 906-482-0278
Metamora-Hadley State Recreation Area, Metamora, 810-797-
Mitchell State Park, Cadillac, 231-775-7911
Muskegon State Park, North Muskegon, 231-744-3480
Otsego Lake State Park, Gaylord, 517-732-5485
Pinckney State Recreation Area, Pinckney, 734-426-4913
Pontiac Lake State Recreation Area, Waterford, 248-666-1020
Proud Lake State Recreation Area, Milford, 248-685-2433
Seven Lakes State Park, Fenton, 248-634-7271
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
Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, 810-231-4084

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, 517-676-2233

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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