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Protecting Northern Michigan's ​Water Resources

Help Us Name the Sturgeon

This Contest Has Now Closed

Each year, in partnership with the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Fisheries Enhancement Facility, the Watershed Council will raise a juvenile sturgeon to be released into our local waters.

You can name the first juvenile sturgeon to live at the Ruth Tucker Ayers Harris Watershed Discovery Center—and win some fun prizes, too!

Here’s how it works:

1. Submit your name suggestion below by May 1, 2024. Only one submission per person, please.

2. Watershed Council staff will select the 10 best names and public voting will begin May 6.

3. The winning name will be announced June 1 at the Watershed Discovery Opening Celebration.


All 10 participants who have their name selected for voting will receive a plush sturgeon.

The participant who submitted the winning name will receive a gift basket with a plush sturgeon, T-shirt, reusable water bottle, hat, stickers, and more—valued at $200! The winner will also be invited to join us for the sturgeon release scheduled for September 2024.

Other rules an considerations:

If more than one person submits the same name, the first submission will be honored. We will do our best to notify participants if their selected name has already been submitted.

The Watershed Council reserves the right to not accept any names deemed inappropriate.