Ice fishing outing at Kettunen Center offers look at winter fun to come

TUSTIN — The weather was good for ice fishing, but horrible for those who might have ventured out into the wilderness Saturday, Jan. 29, to head for Kettunen Center’s Family Ice Fishing Day.

There was a whole lot going on and even though only 15 people showed up to take part during the morning session, all systems were go. Before the day ended, there were 21 participants.

Don Akers of Tustin was on hand to teach youngsters how to ice fish, and emphasized the safety factors involved in even venturing out on the ice.

Demonstrations showed what equipment was useful, how to create a hole in the ice, and how to know beyond any doubt that it was safe to even be out on the ice to begin with, as well as ways to make sure it is left safe for others when the day’s fishing was done.

Ann Solce of Kettunen Center did a demonstration on fire building in winter weather. She also took guests on a nature hike, leaving strange tracks in the snow. They hiked on snowshoes.

In addition, the day’s activities including an outdoor scavenger hunt, creating snow sculptures, and playing animal habitat games.

Another key ingredient of the day was a chance to design, build and test wind turbine blades for wind energy.

This year’s Winter Family Fun Day is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 18, from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

The invitation is out for families from all over Michigan to come out and try cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, and sledding.

In addition, there will be an opportunity to learn winter survival skills, snow science, a bird study, and how to track winter wildlife.

The day is designed for school-age children and their parents.

The cost is $7 per person, and that includes the use of all the equipment, the activities, a hot buffet lunch, and snacks.

Additional information is available by calling Kettunen Center at (231) 829-3421, or by e-mail at

Pre-registration is required by Feb. 17.

These events are made possible with grants from the Osceola County Community Foundation, the Mecosta-Osceola United Way, and the Michigan 4-H Foundation.