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2022 Fly Fishing Tour

The Coalition to Save the Menominee River is proud to support the 2022 Fly Fishing Film tour (F3T).  It has supported F3T events since 2018.

The Coalition continues to work on protecting the Menominee River, the Green Bay area of Lake Michigan, and the local environment from a proposed open pit and underground metallic sulfide mine.  Location is in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula directly on its Menominee River shoreline.  

The mining process requires excavating sulfide-containing ore that will get exposed to air and water.  This exposure produces Acid Mine Drainage that will flow into the Menominee River, Lake Michigan, and nearby groundwater sources from rainfall, snowmelt, wetlands, etc.  Once Acid Mine Drainage starts it’s impossible to stop, so this contamination will continue forever.

Help us protect the Menominee River and Lake Michigan by making a financial donation to the Coalition.  Go to to make your donation.

Thank you.

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Menominee River Water Celebration!

A FREE event, open to the public, to protect our water and sacred sites from the threat posed by the Back Forty Mine project.

Come join us Friday, July 16 at 12:00 noon at Stephenson Island, 1680 Bridge St., Marinette, WI, to celebrate and bless the Menominee River – with participation by the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, the Indigenous Caucus of the Western Mining Action Network, and the Coalition to SAVE the Menominee River, Inc.

A special ceremony will be held by members of the Menominee Nation to bless the waters of the Menominee River – which is their namesake River and the location of many sites sacred to the Tribe.

The celebration continues with updates on the mining threat facing the Menominee River, including a keynote speaker and longtime environmental advocate 

Dr. Al Gedicks of the Wisconsin Resources Protection Council.

Music – Larry Mullins & band will present river songs and showcase the three custom-built guitars to be raffled off at 3:30 p.m. Entitled the “River’s Edge Trio,” these guitars were handcrafted by Warren McKenney, appraised at $4,500, and the winning ticket will receive all three guitars!  Proceeds from ticket sales go to support the mission of the Coalition to SAVE the Menominee River, Inc.

Dorothy’s Haven of Hope will provide food at the event.  Hamburgers, cheeseburgers, brats, hot dogs, chips, soda, and water will be available for sale,

as a fundraiser for Haven of Hope.

Because we appreciate all our valued supporters of the Menominee River, the first 100 people in attendance will receive a coupon for a FREE hot dog!  Please go to the Coalition booth next to the stage for your coupon.  

The event will conclude with a Bridge Walk – mine protestors walking with signs to show opposition to plans that could endanger sacred sites and the health of both the River and residents or visitors to the area. 

Mark your calendar for July 16 – we would love to see you there!

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Water Celebration


12:00 Noon:  Event Opening: Bring Your Lawn Chairs
1:30 pm:  Special Guest Speaker: Dr. Al Gedicks
1:50 pm:  Western Mining Action: Network (WMAN) Speech
2:10 pm:  Menominee Nation Speech 


3:30 pm:  “River’s Edge Trio”: Performance & Raffle Drawing
Custom-Built Guitars appraised at  $4,500.00

4:00 pm: Bridge Walk w/ Signs to the demonstration site

6:00 pm:   Return to Stephenson Island to Adjourn, with our Thanks !!

Sponsored By:  Coalition to SAVE the Menominee River, Inc.


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Fly Fishing Film Tour 2020

Coalition to Save the Menominee River Locations and Dates

Ann Arbor, Michigan (Michigan Theater) on February 28
Michigan Theater
603 E. Liberty St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Phone: 734 668 8397

Grand Rapids, Michigan (The Wealthy Theatre) on February 29 (both shows)
The Wealthy Theatre
1130 Wealthy St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Phone: 616 459 4788 X 130

Chicago, Illinois (Thalia Hall) on March 3
Thalia Hall
1807 S. Allport St
Chicago, IL 60608
Phone: 312 526 3851

Madison, Wisconsin (Barrymore Theater) on March 5
Barrymore Theater
2090 Atwood Ave
Madison, WI 53704
Phone: 608 241 8864

Green Bay, Wisconsin (Meyer Theater) on March 14
Meyer Theater
117 S. Washington St
Green Bay, Wisconsin 54301
Phone: 920 433 3333

Lake Forest, Illinois (Gorton Community Center) on April 5
Gorton Community Center
400 E. Illinois Rd.
Lake Forest, IL 60045
Phone: 847 234 6060

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Update on Fly Fishing Tour at Meyer Theater

The event was a huge success! Dale spoke for a few minutes during intermission and was very well received by supporters of opposition to the mine. We were invited to place our merchandise table at the entrance and had great visibility. The crowd was large at this event—probably 400-500 people—and we are grateful that they were very generous in their donations to the Coalition.

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Bridge Walk & Ship Launch April 14, 2018

April 14, 2018
9:45 a.m.
Gather at Stephenson Island, Marinette, WI

Let’s create awareness of the threat to our beautiful Menominee River!

Marinette Marine is launching their 21st ship, the Indianapolis, this Saturday at 11:00 a.m. A launch always draws people from all parts of the world, many of whom know nothing of the threat to our river and way of life.

Bring your signs and wear your Coalition/Save the River t-shirts to show opposition to the proposed metallic sulfide mine. We will be lining the bridge during the boat launch.

Together we continue to raise awareness and support!
See you there!

Overflow parking is available at Stephenson Public Library.

Following the March, there will be a caravan to the Guided Tour of the Prehistoric Menominee Village Complex. This is an opportunity to see and learn about the Menominee Tribe’s sacred sites. We encourage EVERYONE to attend.



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Midwest Waters Angling Co. Bronzeback Cup

The first annual Bronzeback Cup Invitational Fly Tournament will be  POSTPONED until further notice.

The event will be based out of the Chicago suburbs (more info to come).

The entry fee per team is $375. This includes Tournament shirts, SWAG bags, a donation to the Coalition to SAVE the Menominee River, dinner, and cash prizes. This is a non-profit tournament, and ALL of the proceeds will go towards prizes and donations.

For more information, visit

Facebook event

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Fly Fishing Film Tour: March 8

Fly Fishing’s most-attended annual event! The original and largest tour of its kind. Each show is a high-energy celebration!

March 8, 2018

Fly Fishing Film Tour
Meyer Theatre
117 South Washington Street
Green Bay, Wisconsin


General admission: $18

The Coalition to SAVE the Menominee River, Inc. will have a presence at this event. We will have a merchandise table and a brief speaking opportunity, furthering our cause to protect the water, environment, and health of people in this area and for future generations.

For more information, visit

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Menominee River Rally

The Coalition to SAVE the Menominee River, Inc. is excited to host its first fundraiser entitled “Menominee River Rally”. The event is sure to make a big splash as the first of its kind in the community. It will feature several regional singers and songwriters, plus a guitar builder and vendor buy, sell, and swap.

The Menominee River Rally will take place on Sunday, August 20 from 1pm to 5pm at the Pullman House, just north of Menominee, Mich. Admission at the door is $10 per person.

A number of talented, local musicians will be featured during the concert including: Jerry Cain, Gary Elson, Luke Zastrow, and Matt Voigt, to name a few. The headline music will be provided by local favorite Daze 2 Nights.

Also, the first of its kind in this area, will be a Guitar Builder and Vendor show. The public is invited to bring a guitar to participate in the buy, sell, and trade of the instruments. Only one instrument is allowed with each admission.

All proceeds will go directly to The Coalition to SAVE the Menominee River, Inc. This is the unifying body bringing together multiple grassroots organizations who strive to fight the proposed Back 40 mine project. The mission of the Coalition to SAVE the Menominee River, Inc. is for the advancement of environmental education and the preservation of our natural resources.

Donations are being accepted and can be mailed to P.O. Box 475, Marinette, WI 54143.