• Session 1 Registration (Youth Only)
    July 12, 2016 - July 17, 2016
  • Session 2 Registration (Youth Only)
    July 19, 2016 - July 24, 2016
  • Session 3 Registration (ALL Volunteers)
    July 26, 2016 - July 31, 2016
  • Session 4 Registration (ALL Volunteers)
    August 2, 2016 - August 7, 2016

Sponsored by Ottawa National Forest

Session Dates:

Session 1 (Open to Youth age 18-25 and Veterans age 18-35 ONLY)

Tuesday, July 12 - Sunday, July 17

*Please arrive at the project site after 6:00pm on Tuesday, July 12th to meet the field staff and set up camp. Project work will begin at 8:00am on Wednesday, July 13th. The session will end at 1:00pm on Sunday, July 17th. 

Session 2 (Open to Youth age 18-25 and Veterans age 18-35 ONLY)

Tuesday, July 19 - Sunday, July 24

*Please arrive at the project site after 6:00pm on Tuesday, July 19th to meet the field staff and set up camp. Project work will begin at 8:00am on Wednesday, July 20th. The session will end at 1:00pm on Sunday, July 24th. 

Session 3 (Open to ALL Volunteers)

Tuesday, July 26 – Sunday, July 31

*Please arrive at the project site after 6:00pm on Tuesday, July 26th to meet the field staff and set up camp. Project work will begin at 8:00am on Wednesday, July 27th. The session will end at 1:00pm on Sunday, July 31st.

Session 4 (Open to ALL Volunteers)

Tuesday, August 2 – Sunday, August 7

*Please arrive at the project site after 6:00pm on Tuesday, August 2nd to meet the field staff and set up camp. Project work will begin at 8:00am on Wednesday, August 3rd. The session will end at 1:00pm on Sunday, August 7th.

History:black river harbor 2

Black River Harbor Pavilion was built between the 1930s-1940s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The CCC was a New Deal public work relief program that operated from 1933 to 1942 in the United States for unemployed, unmarried men from relief families. Today, the pavilion is available for groups to rent for recreational use and located within the Black River Harbor Recreation Area in Michigan.

In 1924, Gogebic County began construction of the harbor park. It was later transferred to the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service. The park includes the Black River Harbor Pavilion, picnic area, playground, campground and a sandy beach.

Known for its spectacular waterfalls, idyllic beaches, scenic hiking trails and tranquil campground, the Black River Harbor Recreation Area is a popular destination throughout the year. Originating in Wisconsin, the Black River flows through forested areas of large pine, hemlock and hardwood trees. The River has a series of scenic waterfalls as it drops in elevation to meet Lake Superior. The Harbor offers one of the area's few access points to Lake Superior, with boating being a major summer time activity.

Scope of Work: black river harbor 4

HistoriCorps volunteers will work with field staff members to rehabilitate Black River Harbor Park Pavilion. Work will include:

  • Window rehabilitation
  • Shutter fabrication and installation
  • Screen door replacement
  • Siding and foundation repairs
  • Mortar repairs to stonework

Project Location:black river habor 6

Black River Harbor is located in Gogebic County, Michigan, approximately 15 miles north of the city of Bessemer. Turn off of U.S. Highway 2 and travel north on County Road 513. The pavilion is located in the harbor day use picnic area.

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
46.67028, -90.04972
46°40'13"N, 90°2'59"W

Accommodations, meals, attire and travel:

  • HistoriCorps will provide volunteers with nearby camping at the Black River Harbor Campground.
  • The campground offers bathrooms with flush toilets, running water, and electric service. Showers will not be available at the campground, but volunteers can shower in the nearest town.
  • Volunteers are responsible for bringing their own camping supplies including: tent, sleeping bag, pillow, toiletries.
  • Volunteers are responsible for their transportation to and from the project and campsite.
  • HistoriCorps will provide volunteers with meals including: breakfast, lunch, dinner, water and snacks.
  • The work day will last from 8:00am – 5:00pm with breaks for lunch, snacks and water in between.
  • Volunteers must come prepared with proper attire including: sturdy work shoes, long pants and a work shirt.

Age Requirements:

14+ (volunteers below the age of 18 need to be accompanied by an adult)

Volunteers Wanted:

10 volunteers per session

Sessions 1 & 2 are reserved for youth volunteers between the ages of 18-25 and veterans between the ages of 18-35.

Sessions 3 & 4 are open to all volunteers age 14 and above.