Sturgeon For TomorrowBlack Lake
Sturgeon Shivaree

February 2-3, 2018

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 4. 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.


Shivaree Sponsors Natureology

Calendar of Events (subject to change)

Friday, February 2: Starting at 3pm

  • Register for Ice Fishing Contest Registration and Poker Run Registration
  • Register for Sturgeon Fishing: 2pm-7pm at 211 DNR Field Station
  • 1pm Grandmother Moon Drum Circle Water Ceremony
  • 2pm-5pm: Bill Oeming jamming on guitar
  • 2pm Entertainment Test opens
  • 6pm-10pm: Little Big Band w/CHIP STEAD (21+)

Saturday, February 3:

  • 6am-7:15pm: Fishing Contest: Sturgeon, Muskie, Pike, Walleye and Perch
  • 8am-2pm: Sturgeon Spearing Season Opening Day
  • 8am: Entertainment-Beverage Tent: Food, Open Bar
  • 9am-7pm: Poker Run
  • 11am-6pm: Entertainment Tent Music: Evan Archambo, soloist and DJ
  • 11am-4pm: Youth Outdoor Education with Natureology, Maureen Stine
  • 50/50 Raffles, Bonfires, Food, Cabin Fever Social
  • 2:30pm Horseshoe Tournament on the ice
  • 6pm-10pm: Entertainment Tent: The Blitz (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!!