Belle Isle State Park to host 'Intro to Fishing & Camping' for kids

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is holding an introductory camping opportunity for children at one of the state's newest parks Aug. 7-8.

The event, titled "Rec 101: Intro to Fishing and Camping," will begin at 10 a.m. at Belle Isle State Park in Detroit with games relating to fishing and camping. There will be free time to enjoy the park from 1 to 5 p.m. and campsite setup will begin at the White House at 6 p.m. The program will challenge children to learn what is needed to build a successful campsite. Burgers and hot dogs will be provided free of charge for dinner.

"Camping and fishing are great ways for kids to get hooked on a healthy, active lifestyle," said Karis Floyd, Belle Isle Park supervisor. "We're pleased to offer that opportunity at Belle Isle."

Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to participate.

Registration is required by Thursday, July 23. Please contact Karis Floyd at 313-396-6873 to register.

Belle Isle Park, a Detroit gem that became Michigan’s 102nd state park in 2014 under a lease agreement with the city of Detroit, is home to a variety of attractions, including an aquarium, a conservatory and the James Scott Memorial Fountain. The park provides a wide assortment of educational and recreational opportunities. Learn more at

There is no charge to participate in these Recreation 101 programs, but a Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry to Belle Isle.