Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has signed a lease agreement that clears the way for construction of a shooting range in Richmond Township.

The range will be west of Marquette off M-35 along the Goose Lake Access Road. The $800,000 public facility is on 25 acres of property owned by Cleveland Cliffs, Incorporated.

Officials say the range will meet National Rifle Association and Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines. It will also use state-of-the-art sound control measures and environmental containment features.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Deer hunting in the Upper Peninsula should be slightly better this fall than last year. 

The Department of Natural Resources released its 2020 Deer Hunting Preview and Regional Outlook Thursday. It says the U.P. herd seemed to fare well last winter. That, coupled with a good spring and excellent summer growing season, has officials anticipating good numbers.

Hunters will see several regulation changes this year. Declines in hunter numbers, an increase in herd size and management of deer diseases required some significant changes.


UNDATED--   The first wave of Michigan Department of Natural Resources firefighters is preparing equipment to leave for California with off-road fire engines to help fight raging wildfires there.

GLADSTONE, MI--   The Michigan Departments of Natural Resources and Environment, Great Lakes and Energy are investigating a fish kill on the Middle Branch of the Escanaba River. 

Reported on Sunday, the incident happened near Gladstone, downstream of Verso Corporation’s Escanaba paper mill. An EGLE official says last week the mill reported a ruptured pipe in the wastewater treatment plant. He says the pipe has been fixed and outflowing water quality is improving.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

DRUMMOND ISLAND, MI--   A Department of Natural Resources conservation officer rescued two Chicago men whose boat overturned in the eastern U.P. Friday. 

Officer Todd Sumbera was patrolling waters north of Drummond Island and west of Harbor Island around 1:45 p.m. when he saw two people in the water clinging to an overturned personal watercraft.

MUNISING, MI--   A Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officer is being credited with saving the life of someone swimming in Lake Superior. 

Officer Mark Zitnik was on a boat on Munising Bay Saturday when he heard someone calling for help. Two swimmers had been wading in shallow water on a sandbar about 200 yards from him when they ended up in deep water with a strong current.

HOUGHTON, MI--   An off-road vehicle route between the Portage Lake lift bridge and Dollar Bay has been reopened.

The Department of Natural Resources constructed an interim bypass trail, which opened Monday after a county health advisory was lifted. The advisory was put in place earlier this year when hazardous materials were discovered along a section of the trail at the Julio scrapyard properties.

Once the remaining contamination on the original trail is cleaned up the DNR will cap it with gravel and adjust the interim route back onto state-managed lands.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Michigan Department of Natural Resources estimates there are nearly 700 wolves in the Upper Peninsula.

Wildlife Division staff who took part in last winter’s survey say there was a minimum of 695 wolves found among 143 packs. Pack size has remained stable and averages just under five animals. The DNR says the state’s population has remained relatively stable over the past nine years.

LANSING, MI--   The following is a press release from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources:

Wednesday, Michigan Department of Natural Resources Director Dan Eichinger sent a letter to Enbridge Inc., following up on his request that the corporation enter into a written agreement with the State of Michigan to provide financial assurances to cover all damages and losses caused to property or individuals due to operation of the Line 5 dual pipelines through the Straits of Mackinac.

HOUGHTON, MI--   Trail restoration work is set to begin Monday on the Houghton to Chassell rail-trail.

Segments of the trail were severely impacted during the 2018 Father’s Day flood, which also caused millions of dollars of damage to other DNR-managed trails in the region. This summer’s initial work phase will include brushing, ditching, culvert cleaning and sediment removal.

For more information on recreational trails in Michigan go to Michigan.gov/dnrtrails.