Ice Fishing for Families in Macomb County and Beyond

Enjoy a new outdoor sport this winter. Looking for ice fishing for families in Macomb County? Browse these 2019 events and destinations for parents and kids.

Don’t let the cooler temps get you down. Embrace them! If your kids love fishing in the summertime, why not introduce them to ice fishing? This winter activity is fun for all ages, and Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend, which takes place Feb. 16-17, 2019, is the perfect time to get started.

Many Free Fishing Weekend events are a bit of a hike from home, but why not make a weekend of it? Browse our list of ice fishing for families in Macomb County and beyond during Free Fishing Weekend and beyond. Plus, peek at the list of the best places to ice fish right in Macomb County.

For more Free Fishing Weekend events, visit the Department of Natural Resources website.

Free Centennial Ice Fishing Derby

Feb. 16, 2019

  • Distance: Close to home
  • Address: Seven Lakes State Park, 14390 Fish Lake Road, Holly
  • Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Michigan State Parks, this Holly park is hosting an ice fishing event that’s geared at kids but features fun for the whole family. In addition to ice fishing, there will be food, prizes and a fire to keep warm.

Barton City Kids Fishing Tournament

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Feb. 16, 2019

  • Distance: Day trip
  • Address: Jewell Lake, Trask Lake Road, Barton
  • Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

The Barton City Improvement Association hosts this event, which takes place about three hours north of Macomb Township. It’s geared at kids and all equipment will be provided.

Family Hardwater School & Youth Tournament

Feb. 16, 2019

  • Distance: Day trip
  • Address: Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center, 6087 M-115, Cadillac
  • Time: Noon-3 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

All ages are welcome to attend this event, which is about three hours from Macomb Township. Gear will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. Be sure to dress for the weather. Prizes will be awarded to kids only.

OAC Outdoors – Michigan Free Fishing Weekend

Feb. 16-17, 2019

  • Distance: Close to home
  • Address: DNR Outdoor Adventure Center, 1801 Atwater St., Detroit
  • Time: 2-4 p.m.
  • Cost: Free with OAC admission: $5/ages 13-61, $3/ages 2-12 and 62-plus; free/under 2

Head the Outdoor Adventure Center where kids can learn how to ice fish, learn safety techniques and more. Registration is required.

Cold as Ice Winter Festival and Fishing Tournament at Lake St. Clair Metropark

Feb. 23, 2019

  • Distance: Close to home
  • Address: Lake St. Clair Metropark, 31300 Metropolitan Parkway, Harrison Township
  • Time: 5 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Cost: $25/advance, $30/day of; minors must be accompanied by an adult

94.7 WCSX hosts this fishing tournament and winter festival. Aside from fishing, families can enjoy some wintertime games, food and more.

The Lake St. Clair Walleye Associations Kids Ice Fishing Outing

Feb. 24, 2019

  • Distance: Close to home
  • Address: Lake St. Clair Metropark, 31300 Metropolitan Parkway, Harrison Township
  • Time: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Get kids geeked about ice fishing at this free event. There will be light refreshments and prizes from Bass Pro Shops, a heated tent courtesy of 94.7 WCSX and more.

Spots for ice fishing in Macomb County

Thanks to the map of winter activities in Macomb County, it’s easy to find the best places to ice fish, among other cold-weather activities.

Here are the top spots for ice fishing in Macomb County:

To get additional details about Macomb County, visit the Make Macomb Your Home website.

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