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FROM THE DESK OF DAVE LORENZ

Eagle Harbor Light

This week we have seen a number of critical announcements for our industry – both in terms of the current “mask and gathering order” in effect and critical relief made available through PA 257, signed into law by Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Dec. 29, to implement the programs to support Michigan’s small businesses that have been especially impacted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yesterday, the Whitmer Administration updated its epidemic order today to allow re-opening of additional activities where Michiganders can remain masked and socially distanced, including indoor group exercise and non-contact sports. They also shared their working plan to open indoor dining on February 1 with mitigation measures, capacity limits and a curfew in place. The administration is are expected to provide more information next week, but this is certainly a very promising sign.

But we know many of our friends and colleagues in the restaurant industry, as well as the many industries impacted by the current orders, are still in need of critical relief. Today, the Michigan Strategic Fund Board held a special meeting to authorize the Michigan Small Business Survival Grant program which will inject $55 million in relief statewide. The application for these grants will open this coming Tuesday, January 19, at 9:00 a.m. EST and run through noon on Friday, January 22. All applications received during this period will be reviewed and considered by the 15 economic development organizations that are making the grant awards – funding is not first come, first serve. I encourage you to visit www.michiganbusiness.org/survival to find the program guidelines, including eligibility criteria, as well as resources to help prepare to apply starting January 19. That landing page will include the application questions, a tutorial video walking you through the application process and more.

Finally, the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association announced this week it will administer the application process for the Employee Assistance Grants. Employees impacted by the MDHHS Gathering and Face Mask Order that took effect on November 18, 2020 are eligible to apply for one-time grants up to $1,650 during the application period of January 15 through January 25 at mrlaef.org/money.  The State of Michigan Department of Treasury will process Employee Assistance Grants to approved recipients from the $45 million fund authorized under PA 257 for employees in the hospitality, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services sectors. Read more about the program here.

We are also continuing with our efforts to promote safe winter travel, with planning underway on warm weather promotion. One thing that you will notice when our state welcome centers open, is that the 2020 Pure Michigan travel guide will still be on the shelf.  Since we were unable to fully distribute the magazines due to COVID, we will reuse the magazines this year.  The image of the beautiful Grand Hotel will still be on the cover and the information found in the guide will be just as timely and captivating as it was a year ago.

I had some time to get in a bit of skiing last weekend. If you have not done so yet, I encourage you to know the rules and expectations before you go. And if you need some inspiration, watch the latest episode on our Ski Pure Michigan series where we highlight Boyne Highlands Resort. With just a few adjustments, the experience is STILL wonderful and enjoyable.

Travel Safely,
Dave Lorenz
Vice President
Travel Michigan
517-335-0007
lorenzd@michigan.org

Photo: Eagle Harbor Lighthouse

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Winter Fish Lake Gogebic for Jumbo Perch https://www.lakegogebicarea.com/winter-fish-lake-gogebic-for-jumbo-perch/ https://www.lakegogebicarea.com/winter-fish-lake-gogebic-for-jumbo-perch/#respond Tue, 08 Dec 2020 16:30:20 +0000 https://www.lakegogebicarea.com/?p=1794 The post Winter Fish Lake Gogebic for Jumbo Perch appeared first on Lake Gogebic Area Chamber of Commerce.

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You would be hard pressed to find a better fishing lake than Lake Gogebic, which stretches like an inverted
equestrian riding boot some 14 miles along M-28. It’s the largest natural lake in Michigan’s Upper
Peninsula and covers parts of Gogebic and Ontonagon counties.

All told, it encompasses 13,380 acres with a maximum depth of 38 feet and a mean depth of 17.5 feet. With
its girth of 2 1/2 miles, the 36 miles of shoreline ranges from sand and clay banks to a rocky/cobble/gravel
mix. From there it transitions to vast interior areas of mud, muck and clay.

No matter the season, anglers will find good success with walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike and of
course its legendary jumbo perch. The north and south ends are noted for its weedy, fish holding cover. The
mid-lake mud flats hold fish, especially those jumbo perch, nearly year around. In the winter the perch feed
on mayfly larva emerging from the muck.

Learn to read the lake and how to use the right fishing method in the right place for the big reward! For
example, using live wigglers rather than perch minnow to target that species. Find the transition zones –
from hard to soft – to increase your success.

While most anglers tend to think of using a guide only in the warmer months, it’s not a bad idea to enlist
the help of one of those experts to not only put you on the hot spots, but also to fine-tune your presentation
and choice of bait/lure.

As a bonus for those staying overnight at one of the lodges on the lake, they can hop on their snowmobiles
and be on fish in a flash of their depth finder.

Special bag limits for Lake Gogebic ensure that the jumbo perch population will remain strong for future
generations to enjoy. If you’re coming from another state, be sure to get your Michigan fishing license!

• Gogebic Lodge is sponsoring its 38th annual ice fishing derby on Saturday, March 6, 2021. With a purse of
$5,000 total prizes, there will be various cash awards for perch, walleye and northern pike, in addition to
prizes for the first crappie, whitefish and rock bass registered. In addition, door prizes will be awarded.
Ihing hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m CST. For more information, visit gogebiclodge.com or call (906) 842-3321.

• Maple Ridge Bait and Taxidermy plans to again host it Hog-A-Thon, depending on any COVID
restrictions. Owner Gus Pietila says the 2021 Hog-A-Thon – perch only — will be Saturday, March 13.
Fishing hours are daybreak to 5 p.m. EST last weigh-in (The lake is in two times zones.) The largest perch
will net the winner $1,500; second, $1,000 and third, $500. Entry fee is $35. There is no children’s
division. For non-target fish, there is a $250 prize for the largest walleye and $100 for largest crappie.

Gus notes fishermen can increase their chances by using spring bobbers because of the light bite; sonar
units to find them; and to fish in about 24 feet of water. For more information, call 906-365-5050.

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Fourth of July in Marenisco https://www.lakegogebicarea.com/fourth-of-july-in-marenisco/ https://www.lakegogebicarea.com/fourth-of-july-in-marenisco/#respond Fri, 26 Jun 2020 16:35:54 +0000 https://www.lakegogebicarea.com/?p=1651 Fun for the all of the family!

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Fourth of July in Marenisco
Fireworks

Enjoy Fireworks on the Lake on July 5 at dusk in front of Gogebic Lodge.  

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Fireworks
Fireworks

Enjoy Fireworks on the Lake on July 5 at dusk in front of Gogebic Lodge.  

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Walleye Season Opener May 15 2020 https://www.lakegogebicarea.com/walleye-season-opener-may-15-2020/ https://www.lakegogebicarea.com/walleye-season-opener-may-15-2020/#respond Wed, 13 May 2020 17:07:35 +0000 https://www.lakegogebicarea.com/?p=1536 Finally the day is here. Be sure to have your fishing licence up to date. Be aware of the Michigan guidelines for for social distancing. Let’s have fun. All restaurants are carry out. Antonio’s Restaurant in Bergland is open breakfast. The Gogebic Lodge is open from noon to 9:00 offering a full menu central time. […]

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Finally the day is here. Be sure to have your fishing licence up to date. Be aware of the Michigan guidelines for

for social distancing. Let’s have fun. All restaurants are carry out. Antonio’s Restaurant in Bergland is open breakfast. The Gogebic Lodge is open from noon to 9:00 offering a full menu central time. The Hoop N Holler is also open with a full menu.

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Ice went out of Lake Gogebic https://www.lakegogebicarea.com/ice-went-out-of-lake-gogebic/ https://www.lakegogebicarea.com/ice-went-out-of-lake-gogebic/#respond Fri, 01 May 2020 16:33:00 +0000 https://www.lakegogebicarea.com/?p=1541 Ice went out May 1, 2020. It’s our first sign of spring. Get ready for boating and fishing.

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Ice went out May 1, 2020. It’s our first sign of spring. Get ready for boating and fishing.

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Motorcycling in the UP https://www.lakegogebicarea.com/motorcycling-in-the-up/ https://www.lakegogebicarea.com/motorcycling-in-the-up/#respond Wed, 29 Apr 2020 01:15:00 +0000 https://www.lakegogebicarea.com/?p=1532 The post Motorcycling in the UP appeared first on Lake Gogebic Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Riding your motorcycle in the UP of Michigan can be a very rewarding experience. Since we ride in our area often, I will give you our observations.

The main reason why we like to ride in this area is the lack of traffic. Compared to many areas we have ridden in around the country, if you come up here, you will immediately notice a big difference as soon as you arrive. Many roads even in the middle of the day are almost vehicle free. And the lack of big semi trucks is very noticeable. Oh sure, you will see some, but compared to other areas that you have probably been to, you will notice a big difference.

You will obviously see cars and other motorcyclists, but they are quite sparse. You will notice a difference. And if you do come across another vehicle that is moving slowly and you need to pass, there really isn’t a lot of oncoming traffic that you need to worry about.

The roads are kept in very good shape. When you consider all of the snowplowing that goes on up here for 5 months, it is really quite astonishing. The State of Michigan does a very good job. Even the secondary roads that the counties maintain are in good shape. Just be a little cautious of gravel in the corners that cars spit out. Many of the secondary roads do not have shoulders.

There are so many neat sights to visit. I will name a few of our favorites below:

Copper Harbor in the Kewaunee. There a 2 very scenic roads that you can chose from just to get there. Take CR 26 to get there and Hwy 41 back.

Lake of the Clouds in the Porcupine Mountains. It is worth the very short hike from the parking area on a paved path to get to this awesome view.

Bond Falls. Huge waterfalls off of Hwy 45 in Paulding. Motorcycle friendly parking and a snack shack.

Lake Superior shoreline. Check out roads such as 203, H58 and 28 that will lead you right along the shoreline for miles and miles. There are lots of neat little harbor towns that you go through that contain quaint places for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Lodging and gasoline are very plentiful.

Copper Peak. Outside of Bessemer. An old ski jump once used to train Olympic ski jumpers. Once you get to the top there are incredible views of the Lake Superior shoreline and 3 states.

Lake Gogebic. The UP’s largest inland lake. 15 miles long. 18,000 acres. Very cool lakeside resorts with bars and restaurants. Rent a boat. Go fishing.

The weather just can’t be beat. We receive lots of sunny days and it is 85 degrees only 3-4 times a summer. Most days are well below that mark.

Motorcycle service facilities will be in the larger towns such as Marquette and Escanaba which are right in the middle of the UP.

The area is known for its’ waterfalls. Bond Falls has been mentioned above. Waterfalls are literally all over. Many of these are on well maintained gravel roads (just be careful) and there is often times a short hike following. But it is always good to get off of the bike for awhile and stretch your legs. All of these are great picnic spots so don’t forget your lunch. We would be happy to send you a waterfall map.

We hope you enjoy your visit to the UP. Be safe and let us know how we can help.

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Snowmobiling around Lake Gogebic
Snowmobiling around Lake Gogebic

We still have lots of good snow for snowmobiling on our 150 miles of trails in the Lake Gogebic Area.

Our grooming club really takes great pride in the trails that we offer.  Our three groomers are out most everynight.  With the amount of diesel fuel we have gone through this year, it is driving our finance committee crazy.  But that’s OK because we are all riders too.

During the summer and fall we totally replaced three bridges.  This really takes a lot of hard work from our volunteers.  For those of you that have been up here, you can imagine the effort it takes just to get the lumber and other materials to the site.  Some of those bridges are 20 miles from a paved road!

We also rerouted Trail 1 between  the middle of Lake Gogebic up to M28.  This is now a very scenic ride along the Presque Isle River.

We have lots of very good warm up spots for lunch, dinner and drinks within the Lake Gogebic trail system and all of the other grooming clubs adjacent to ours.  There is nothing better than getting into a nice warm bar/restaurant after the first 50-60 miles of your trip.  All of these warm up stops have warm meals, hot drinks, cold drinks and entertainment.  By entertainment I mean the snowmobilers you meet from other groups.  The conversations are always entertaining.  Learning where they are from, where they have been so far for the day and what trails are good.  Many of these eating and drinking establishments also offer gasoline.

So please come up and join us.  I’m the fat guy with the pretty wife.  Come up and say hello and we’ll buy you a drink.  See you out on the trail

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