Camp 7 plans program
RAPID RIVER – The Hiawatha National Forest is proud to offer a wide variety of programs to entertain the public at area campgrounds this summer. All of the programs are free of charge and will be held in the picnic area of the Camp 7 Lake Campground. All programs begin at 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted, and will be held rain or shine, thanks to the availability of an event tent. Attendees are asked to bring a lawn chair or blanket. For more information on any of these programs, contact the Manistique district office at 341-5666 or the Rapid River district office at 474- 6442.
“We are excited to be able to offer these high quality programs this summer” said Anne Okonek, recreation program manager for the Rapid River/Manistique Ranger District of the Hiawatha National Forest. “We would not be able to provide these free programs to the public if it weren’t for the generous financial assistance of the Hiawatha Interpretive Association and Wildlife Unlimited of Delta County.”
The first program of the season will be held on July 13 at 7 p.m. at the Camp 7 Lake Campground. This program will feature Randy Bruntjens, from the U.P. Raptor Rehab Center. Bruntjens will bring a great horned owl, barred owl (the “Who Cooks for You” owl) and a broad-winged and red-tailed hawk to show the audience. While people may hear the birds occasionally, or see them at a distance, this is an opportunity to view these impressive birds close-up and learn about how they survive in the wild.
On July 20 at 7 p.m. at the Camp 7 Lake Campground, the program “Useful Plants of the Hiawatha National Forest” will take place. This includes an easy stroll around the campground, with Naturalist Carrie Petersen pointing out the edible and useful properties of many plants growing in the Hiawatha National Forest. Positive identification techniques will be discussed, as well as useful applications. Participants should plan on walking about a mile on easy terrain, with some off trail exploration.
Those interested in geocaching can attend the program on July 27 at 7 p.m. at the Camp 7 Lake Campground. Information about the latest outdoor craze will be provided by Amy Anderson from the Delta County Geocaching Club. Geocaching is a real world outdoor treasure hunting game where players use GPS (global positioning systems) units or smart phones to try to locate treasures hidden in the woods. Anderson and other members of the Delta County Geocaching Club will have GPS units available and caches hidden in the campground so audience members can try to find the treasures. Prizes will be hidden in the caches for those able to find them.
On Aug. 3 at 9:30 p.m. at the Camp 7 Lake Campground there will be a Night Hike. Geared toward kids ages 6 plus, and all people young at heart, this journey into the woods will help kids better use their night vision and senses to navigate more comfortably in the dark. Join Carrie Petersen, naturalist for the Hiawatha National Forest, to experience walking in the dark without a flashlight, fun nighttime activities, and a whole new perspective on sights and sounds of the forest. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult and all participants should plan on a short walk, some of it off-trail.
The summer’s final program will be held on Aug. 9, when Eric Drake, Hiawatha National Forest archaeologist will teach young and old alike how to make arrowheads. Called flintknapping, Drake has been teaching young people how to make arrowheads at “Kids in the Woods” programs. Drake will provide the materials needed for this activity.
Due to the close proximity of Camp 7 Lake to Manistique, Rapid River, Gladstone, Escanaba and Munising, many people drive to the campground for the evening programs; the programs are open to everyone.
The Camp 7 Lake Campground is located four miles west of County Road 437 (Thunder Lake Road) on Delta County Road 442, for those traveling from the Manistique area. For families traveling from Escanaba, Gladstone and Rapid River, Camp 7 Lake Campground is located 8 miles east of Forest Highway 13 on County Road 442. For those wishing to camp for the weekend, approximately half of the campsites can be reserved in advance by calling toll-free (877) 444-6777 or going to recreation. gov.
The remaining campsites are available on a first come, first serve basis for those planning lastminute getaways. Camp 7 Lake campground now has a dozen electrical sites available.