BOW registration is now open

MARQUETTE – Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials have begun registration for the winter Becoming an Outdoors Woman program to be held in Big Bay at the end of February.

The program gives women the opportunity to develop or improve their outdoor skills in a range of activities. The program will be offered from Feb. 28 through March 2 at the Bay Cliff Health Camp, about 30 miles north of Marquette.

The winter BOW program is sponsored by the DNR and offers instruction in more than a dozen types of indoor and outdoor activities, including cross-country skiing, dog sledding, ice fishing, fly tying, wilderness first aid, wood burning and more. Instructors provide basic and advanced instruction that is tailored to each participant’s individual ability.

BOW workshops are for women 18 and older who wish to learn outdoor skills in a relaxed, noncompetitive atmosphere.

The winter BOW program also includes special evening programs during the weekend event.

The $180 registration fee includes food and lodging, as well as most equipment and supplies, except as noted in the registration materials.

Participants will be housed in a dorm-style facility with amenities including a sauna and hiking trails with access to Lake Superior.

DNR officials said early registration is recommended as the program fills quickly each year.

Class information and registration materials are available online at, and payments may now be made online.

For more information, contact Sharon Pitz at the DNR office in Marquette at 228-6561 or email