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Winter Outdoor Programs Planned for Women

Tue, Jan  11, 2005 - By Lynn Marla, DNR

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program has the perfect plan for any woman who may be suffering from the winter blahs--a weekend getaway Feb. 25-27 at either the MacMullan Conference Center on Higgins Lake or at the Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp in Crystal Falls.

"We're offering these three-day workshops, one in the Upper Peninsula and one in the Lower Peninsula, on the same weekend, to give women a choice of where they can learn new outdoor activities and enjoy the company of other women who also appreciate the beauty of winter," said Lynn Marla, DNR BOW Coordinator.

The workshops for women, 18 and older, offer classes in traditional winter activities--ice fishing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, winter camping and more, plus one or two indoor activities.

The MacMullan Conference Center on Higgins Lake is surrounded by mature pines and hardwoods, and the cozy facilities offer a true "up north" feeling, and yet is very easily accessed from US-27.

Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp has been a special, beautiful place in the southwestern U.P. for more than 70 years and features comfortable dorm-style facilities and a traditional group sauna.

The registration fee, $175 for Higgins Lake and $155 for Fortune Lake, covers lodging, meals and instruction (except as noted in the registration materials). Enrollment is limited, so register as soon as possible. Registration forms and course descriptions are available on the DNR Web site at, or contact Lynn Marla at 517-241-2225.