2018 Winter Rendezvous Schedule RAM Center, Higgins Lake February 16-18, 2018

Friday, February 16 5:30 p.m. – Dinner 6:30 p.m. — Cocktail hour, fireside lounge: BYOB Evening Speaker: Terry Kemp, Commemorative Bucks of Michigan

Saturday, February 17 7:15 a.m. – 8 a.m. Breakfast buffet Activity of your choice Lunch on your own 5:30 – Dinner Evening Speaker: Russ Mason, Chief – Wildlife Division, Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Sunday, February 5 7:15 a.m. – 8 a.m. Breakfast buffet

Conference registration, lodging and meals: Mail your registration, below, with the registration/meals/lodging to: Darin Potter, MOWA Secretary, at 5850 W. M76 West Branch MI 48661 Email:

NOTE: Do not call the RAM for room reservations. Send everything to Darin and we will send them an attendee list at which time they will then assign rooms.

Deadline: January 19, 2018

———————————————————————————————————- MOWA 2018 Winter Rendezvous Registration

Registration Fee: $50 per person

Member attending: __________________________________________

Spouse/Significant Other: _____________________________________

Lodging: $40 per night (double occupancy) x 2 nights = $80 (add $20 per night for single occupancy room).

Meals: $55.00 (2 dinners and two breakfasts).

Total cost for weekend per person: $185.00

Note: For those individuals only attending one day, please add the meal cost as listed: Breakfast: $8.50, Dinner, $19.00.

Activities – Please sign up early! Email your activity choice to: Darin Potter;

Friday Night:

Bonfire at the outdoor fire ring The RAM Center staff will lit a bonfire at the outdoor fire ring directly behind the main building, weather permitting. There will also be a fire in the fireplace inside the RAM Center’s lounge in the main building. Bring the fixins’ for s’mores (the RAM Center will provide toasting sticks) and good stories to share.

Saturday events:

Houghton Lake Fishing: Fishing guide, Chip McCullough is willing to take some folks out ice fishing on Houghton Lake

Pike Fishing Beautiful Higgins Lake, one of the deepest inland lakes in the US, will be the site for a pike fishing outing for MOWA members. More details to follow once we see how many have signed up.

Perch Fishing There will be perch fishing offered as well on Saturday, and you will be guided to some hot spots on Higgins Lake to catch your limit. More details to follow.

Rabbit/Squirrel Hunting Darin is available to take hunters out for rabbits/squirrels. Again with more details to follow once we see how many folks are interested.

Cross Country Skiing The Cross Country Ski Headquarters not far from the RAM has agreed again to let folks rent snowshoes/X country skis free of charge. More information is available on their website at Cross Country Ski Headquarters offers more than 12 miles of ski trails for all abilities that are groomed daily.

Snowshoe Hikes Interpreter, Craig Kasmer is offering a guided snowshoe hike/yoga lesson at Hartwick Pines State Park at 10am on the 17th. Craig said that a pre-registration is required for this hike so like you said, we can do a sign up sheet as the conference approaches.

Michigan Forest Visitor Center and Logging Museum Hartwick Pines State Park is home to the Michigan Forest Visitor Center, which tells the story of forestry in our state. The 1,500 square foot exhibit hall, visitors will find dioramas, hands-on exhibits and a talking “Living Tree” that tell the story of “Michigan’s Forests…Its Past, Present and Future.” The self-guided tour takes the visitor on a journey through time that begins with the Ice Age and ends with a look at how Michigan’s healthy forest lands of today are growing more each year than is harvested. Six interpretive areas focus on different aspects of the forest. The visitor center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

There are more than 200 miles of snowmobile trails in the Higgins Lake-Houghton Lake area. If you have a sled, bring it with you and we will help connect you to nearby trails. There are places in Houghton Lake that rent snowmobiles, and if there is interest, more details can be provided.

Drift boat Fishing: Highly weather dependent, however a drift boat trip may be available on the AuSable River. More detail on guide(s) and locations as we near the event.

Possible other activities pending.