Michigan's trout season opens April 30 with tournament

Tournament kicks off Michigan's trout season at Proud Lake State Recreation Area April 30

The Department of Natural Resources and the Friends of Proud Lake will celebrate the opening weekend of trout season at Proud Lake Recreation Area. The Proud Lake Trout Festival is being held on Saturday, April 30, from 6 to 10 a.m.

The event includes a catch-and-keep fishing tournament and a pancake breakfast. An award will be presented for the biggest fish. A valid 2011 Michigan fishing license is required. The event is free, but donations are accepted to help benefit the friends group’s planned activities.

Proud Lake Recreation Area is located at 3500 Wixom Rd., seven miles north of I-96, off Exit 159, in Commerce Township. The park is located on the scenic Huron River, and offers more than 4,700 acres of diverse and plentiful recreational opportunities, with more than 20 miles of trails and an abundance of wildflowers blooming in the spring.

For more information about this event, the park, accessibility, or persons needing accommodations to participate in this event, contact the park at 248-685-2433 (TTY/TDD711 Michigan Relay Center for the hearing impaired), or visit www.michigan.gov/proudlake.

The park also offers modern camping, camper cabins and the unique River Hawk Lodge. Camping reservations can be made online at www.midnrreservations.com, or by calling the central reservation system at 800-447-2757.