A Paddler’s Perspective – Sturgeon Release

Help the Muskegon River and See a Traditional Sturgeon Release

Sturgeon, are remarkable when you discover them in the Muskegon River. Recently, the Bridgeton Township Supervisor, Tony Alvesteffer, reported seeing an eight footer not far from the Bridgeton Boat Launch Park. He said,

“I’ve seen plenty of Sturgeon in pictures and in tanks, but there is nothing like paddling along and seeing one in front of you in the wild”.

Muskegon River Protection Projects
• Riparian Tree planting along Bigelow Creek to create aquatic habitat
• Reducing nutrients moving into the river – Big Rapids, Bridgeton Township, Muskegon coastal areas, Bear, Twin and area lakes
• Rain garden construction with students in Muskegon to teach & prevent storm water runoff
• Road stream crossing restoration at Spruce Ave. & Bigelow Creek to protect this valuable stream
• Expanding recycling in Mecosta County to prevent tires & electrical items from entering the river
• New Upper Watershed Management PlanAnd there are more!

That is just one of the remarkable adventures that await everyone who travels on or near the Muskegon River. Discoveries abound because habitat and the river have been protected through work conducted by the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly and partners.  We need your help to continue this work.

Wege Foundation funding that generously supported us for 15 years is now gone. This foundation is now focusing on the greater Grand Rapids area. We thank them for their long-standing support. However, the need to support work that directly benefits the river has not changed.

Please become a member and/or make a gift to support the work of the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly. Please see the list in the box below showing our current projects that directly benefit the Muskegon River.

Won’t you help with a membership and/or donation? Your gift, however, large or small makes a difference.

It is easy to make a gift online by going to http://mrwa.org/donate/ or send your gift by mail to MRWA @Ferris, 1009 Campus Drive, Big Rapids, MI 49307.


Traditional Sturgeon Release – September 23, 2017

We also invite you to help the Muskegon River by joining us for our first FUNdraiser on Saturday, September 23, at 2:00 pm. We will have a Traditional Sturgeon Release at Ed Henning Park, located at 500 Croton Rd., Newaygo, MI.  A donation of $25/person or $40/couple is requested. Children 16 and under are free. All donations go to MRWA work that impacts the Muskegon River. Tickets are available at the door or you may avoid lines by getting your ticket in advance by donating at www.mrwa.org The Sturgeon release includes a Tribal Drum Ceremony provided by the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians to welcome and release the fry into the river. You will hear the Sturgeon Story, enjoy Native American foods and discover ways MRWA is working to care for the river. You may also win a kayak, life jackets and a paddle. This is a $900 value offered through the generous support of Lakeside Motor Sports in Mecosta, MI. There will be only 100 raffle tickets offered at $25 each. (You must be at least 18 years of age to win or purchase a ticket). You don’t have to be present to win.

If you wish to be closer to the Sturgeon, for a gift of $500 you may be one of only a few people to hold a Sturgeon fry in your hand and release it into the river. Or, you may choose to join collecting the Sturgeon fry prior to a lampricide treatment held at night the week of September 5, for a donation of $250. Call MRWA at 231-591-2334 for details or to make a reservation.


Sturgeon Fun Paddle

There’s more fun on September 23! Join the second annual Fun Paddle on the Muskegon River. This year it is a Sturgeon Fun Paddle. Join members of the Voyage of Discovery team and enjoy spectacular scenery as you paddle from Croton to Henning Park. Open to the first 100 paddlers to register.

Kayaks and canoes are available to rent for only $10 through the generosity of Wisner Rents Canoes in Newaygo. Transportation to the launch site is included in the cost. Parking is free thanks to Newaygo County Parks and Recreation. To register for the paddle go to www.mrwa.org or use the mailing form below. For those who rent a craft or need transportation, meet by 9 am at Henning Park, 500 Croton Rd., Newaygo, MI. If you have your own craft, you may go to the Croton launch site by 10 am, which is just below the dam, on Croton Rd. on the north side of the river. Parking is across the street. Liability forms are required and can be found at _____________. This is a 3 to 4 hour trip. Plan to arrive at Henning Park around 1 pm. For a $25/person donation or $40/couple, paddlers will receive craft rental, transportation, parking and entry to the Traditional Sturgeon Release FUNdraiser at 2 pm.

Mark your calendar and plan for fun when you and your friends join us on Saturday, September 23!

Register at www.mrwa.org, or use the paper registration below.

waiver fill out online
Name: _______________________________________________________________
E-mail: _____________________________________ Number of people in party: ____
I plan to meet at Henning Park: _____ I plan to meet at Croton: _____
# of Kayaks to rent: single ___ double ___ canoes ___
You must meet at Henning Park by 9:00 am to claim your rented craft & turn in waiver. Cost: = # paddlers x $10 = Total Cost: _____. Please remit by check to: MRWA @ MRWA, 1009 Campus Dr. JOH 303, Big Rapids, MI 49307. Please mail your registration before September 15. $25 covers craft, transportation & Traditional Sturgeon FUNdraiser $40/couple youth 16 & under free).

Summer Newsletter 2017 Articles

  1. Intro: Summer Time
  2. The Blandings Turtle
  3. Ospreys
  4. Sturgeon Rescue
  5. Fun Filled Lessons about Life!
  6. Save Our Monarchs
  7. Partners in Trash
  8. Word of Thanks
  9. A Paddler’s Perspective – Sturgeon Release

A Sturgeon Fun Paddle will be held on Saturday, September 23. Launch is at 10 am.


Sturgeon fry will be released into the Muskegon River during the Traditional Sturgeon Release FUNdraiser at 2 pm on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Henning Park in Newaygo.


A Tribal Drum Welcome and Release Ceremony will be held by the Little River Band of the Ottawa Indians at the Saturday September 23, FUNdraiser from 2-5 pm.