Sturgeon For TomorrowBlack Lake
Sturgeon Shivaree

January 31 – Feb 1, 2014

Sturgeon For Tomorrow presents the Black Lake Sturgeon Shivaree. Proceeds to fund lake sturgeon hatchery, research, habitat conservation, and outreach programs.

The Shivaree will coincide with the opening of Black Lake Sturgeon season which opens on Saturday, February 1. Activities will be on Black Lake in front of the former Black Lake Hotel: 1701 Winifred Street, Cheboygan, MI 49721

Organizers are seeking volunteers and sponsors to make the Shivaree a success.



Friends of the Shivaree

  • Paul Livo
  • Lori Sutton

Calendar of Events (subject to change)

Friday, January 31: Starting at 12pm

  • Register for Ice Fishing Contest and Poker Run
  • Register for Sturgeon Fishing: 2pm-8pm at 211 DNR Field Station
  • Entertainment-Beverage Tent: Gathering Place - Bar Open - Food
  • 6pm-10pm: Billy Jewell and His Bad Habits (21+)
  • 7pm: Native American Pipe and Drum Ceremony - Jimmie Mitchell, LRBOI and Sturgeon Bay Drum Group

Saturday, February 1:

  • 8am-2pm: Sturgeon Spearing Season Opening Day
  • Entertainment-Beverage Tent: Food, Open Bar
  • 6am-7:15pm: Fishing Contest: Sturgeon, Muskie, Pike, Walleye and Perch
  • 9am-7pm: Poker Run (Onaway, Cheboygan, Indian River)
  • 11am-2pm: Entertainment Tent Music: Charlie Raeger
  • 11am-4pm: Youth Crafts with Creation Station
  • 50/50 Raffles, Bonfires
  • 1pm-3pm Ice Rescue and Hovercraft Demonstration, Cheboygan County Sheriff Department
  • 2pm-6pm: Entertainment Tent Music: Johnnie Walker, Dj 2xTrubL
  • 6pm-10pm: Entertainment Tent: Myk Ryse Band (21+)
  • 8pm: Announce Ice Fishing Contest and Poker Run Winners
  • 9pm: Shivaree Raffle Drawing

The Black Lake Shivaree was first introduced in 1961

The Shivaree on Black Lake celebrated the iconic lake sturgeon and brought together thousands of visitors and residents to beautiful northern Michigan.

In addition to sturgeon season, the event included outdoor queen contests with formal gowns and formal dinners for the contestants at the Black Lake Hotel, a giant snow stage, complete with a big block of snow that was watered down nightly for weeks to make a frozen staircase. This was a fantastic community event and an economic boom for the region. It drew people from throughout Michigan and the Midwest, filled motel rooms, restaurants, bars and shops in the region and was a significant cultural experience.

JOIN US as we celebrate the Black Lake Sturgeon Shivaree!!