Volunteers needed at Chicagon Lake

IRON RIVER – The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is seeking volunteers to assist in placing wood habitat structures in Iron County’s Chicagon Lake on Sunday, March 2, to provide additional spawning habitat for muskellunge.

The project is possible thanks to $10,000 from the We Energies’ Mitigation and Enhancement Fund, which was established as part of the Wilderness Shores Settlement Agreement to enhance aquatic habitat in the area of influence of We Energies’ hydroelectric projects.

Volunteers will assist the DNR and its project partners: Boundary Waters Musky Club, Iron County Watershed Coalition, Michigan United Conservation Clubs, Upper Peninsula Sportsmen’s Alliance, and other local entities. The project is slated from 8 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will meet at the Chicagon Lake public access site located off County Road 424.

Those interested in volunteering should contact Drew YoungeDyke at or (517) 346-6486. Volunteers will get a free T-shirt, a digital subscription to Michigan OutofDoors Magazine, and lunch.

This volunteer effort is part of Michigan United Conservation Clubs’ On the Ground initiative, which is supported by grants from the Consumers Energy Foundation, Enbridge Energy Partners and the DNR.