Although the rules-of-use of Saginaw Forest disallow fishing (i.e., No hunting or harming vertebrates), people still try and get away with fishing on Third Sister Lake. This ice-fisher was the third one that I found this year. Why do they try? Do they think that no one is actually here and monitoring Third Sister Lake usage? Hmmm...
This ice-fishing tent was photographed as I went out to go to the laundromat. As with all ice-fishers, DPS was called. When I returned, I noticed that the ice-fishing tent was no longer there. Combining this evidence with new tire tracks in front of the cabin, I assume that DPS actually talked with the ice-fisher, hopefully informing the person that fishing is not allowed.
How can one go fishing out on Third Sister Lake?
A State of Michigan fishing license doesn't cut it, since - as far as I know - this lake is not connected to navigable waters, and, because it is completely surrounded by a single property, access to fishing is controlled by the landowner; in this case the University of Michigan. The requirement for collecting fish from Third Sister Lake is that a person have a vertebrate sampling license from the University of Michigan. However, this is only for research purposes, and not for personal consumption. Of course, I'm not a lawyer.
If you are a researcher who is going to be coming out to Saginaw Forest in order to do research either on Third Sister Lake or on the lands surrounding it, e-mail me, especially if you don't want to be dealing with DPS.
Use of the Forest
Public use of Saginaw Forest is encouraged. Rules for the public's use include (but are not limited to):
- No parking in front of the access gate.
- Public use hours are from 6am to 6pm only; no camping on the site!
- No vehicles or bicycles are permitted on the site except those for approved research and teaching use (bike parking available at the main gate).
- Dogs with owners are welcome to visit, but they must be on a leash. (Also see here.)
- Dog owners must carry out all pet waste; please bring your own doggie bag to do so.
- No cutting or collecting of plant material; no hunting or harming vertebrates (this includes no fishing).
- No smoking.