This winter’s free fishing weekend is this weekend, from Feb. 16 to Feb. 17. During this time, all fishing license fees will be waived and vehicles will be able to enter state parks and use boating sites without a state recreation passport. Both Michigan residents and out-of-state visitors may enjoy fishing for all species of fish but note that all fishing regulations still apply.
If you would like to learn more about free fishing weekend, check out michigan.gov/freefishing (https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-350-79119_79146_84107---,00.html). The site also features a list of activities across the state that coincides with free fishing weekend, including organized activities that are coordinated by a variety of organizations, including local and state parks, constituent groups, schools, and businesses, among others. You will also find important safety tips about ice fishing, which can be very dangerous.
- Parks & Recreation 5-Year Plan
- Riverfront Trail Map (Indiana-Michigan River Valley Trail)
- DEQ Warns Against Transporting Invasive Species
- Birkholm Park, at Clarendon and 14th (Playground and picnic facilities)
- Cass Street Park, located at Cass and 8th Sts. (Play structures, tetherball, basketball court, picnic facilities)
- Plym Park, at Marmont and Plym Park Rd. (Play structures, picnic shelter, tennis, soccer, softball, basketball)
- Eagle St. Park, at Eagle and 5th (Playground)
- Tot Park, at Pokagon and 11th (Playground)
- Eastside Park, at 17th and Sycamore St. (Play structure, picnic shelter, softball/baseball, basketball)
- Saathoff Park, at Maple and 9th St. (Playground, soccer, basketball)
- Clevenger Park, at Cherry and 5th (Play structure, picnic shelter)
- Riverfront Parks, along the east side of the St. Joseph River from Wayne to Fort St. (Boat ramp, play structure, skate park, amphitheater, walking trails, picnic facilities/shelters)
- Island Park (entrance off Parkway, south of Broadway) (Walk bridge to island, picnic shelter, playground equipment)
- Marmont St. Boat Ramp, at Marmont St. at the St. Joseph River (Boat ramp)
- Southside Park, at 15th and Silverbrook Ave. (Play structure, baseball, basketball, picnic shelter)
- Troost Park, at 8th and Ferry St. (Playground)
- Thomas Stadium, at Silverbrook Ave. and 11th St. (baseball stadium only)
- Cable Street Park, 1400 block of Michigan St. (Play structure)
- F.O.P Park, at F.O.P. Dr. and State St. (baseball only)
A five member Parks and Recreation board serves in an advisory capacity, meeting on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 5:30 pm in the City Council's Chamber room located within the Niles Fire Department Complex at 1345 East Main Street. The public is invited to attend. The board assists with planning for park improvement or expansion projects, parks maintenance, etc.; establishes rules and regulations regarding park use; and advises on the replacement of park equipment.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. The DNR strives to:
- Protect natural and cultural resources.
- Ensure sustainable recreation use and enjoyment.
- Enable strong natural resource-based economies.
- Improve and build strong relationships and partnerships.
- Foster effective business practices and good governance
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality promotes wise management of Michigan's air, land, and water resources to support a sustainable environment, healthy communities, and vibrant economy.
- Leaders in environmental stewardship
- Partners in economic development
- Providers of excellent customer service
The Indiana-Michigan River Valley Trail partners are working to create a 34-mile trail connecting Niles, MI to Mishawaka, IN. The completed trail would be used by commuters, students, families and tourists. The trail would connect people to:
- 4 universities and several schools
- 4 downtowns (Niles, Roseland, South Bend and Mishawaka)
- 16 parks and 2 YMCAs
- 5 hospitals or major medical facilities
- Several historical and cultural attractions
- Businesses offering eating, lodging and shopping
Please feel free to contact Joe Ray, Public Works Director, or Sanya Vitale, Community Development Director, should you have any questions regarding Parks and Recreation. Information on how to reserve the amphitheater can be found here.