Fishing Line Recycling

This was a joint effort between Eagle Scout, Grant Beck, and AmeriCorps member, Nick Thiesen that began in 2020.


Bins were installed at boat launches on Lake Missaukee, Sapphire Lake, and Crooked Lake. We are planning on installing two more bins in our County.


These recycling bins are emptied every two weeks Memorial Day through October and monthly the rest of the year. Once enough line is collected, it will be sent to the Berkley Conservation Institute to be melted down and repurposed into fishing tackle boxes, fish habitat and fishing line spools.


This project would not have been possible without the help of Grant Beck. He used this as an opportunity to complete his final Eagle Scout Project, fundraising to buy materials for the bins and then organizing his troop to assemble and install the bins once they were built. 

Locations of Missaukee County Fishing Line Recycling Bins

  • Lake Missaukee

    • Missaukee Lake Park Boat Launch

    • 1819-1775 S Green Rd, Lake City, MI 49651

    • Caldwell Township, Missaukee County, Northwest Region


  • Sapphire Lake

    • ​Lake Sapphire Boat Launch

    • Lake Township, Missaukee County, Northwest Region


  • Crooked Lake

    • Crooked Lake Boat Launch

    • From Cadillac, take M-55 east 5 miles to LaChance Road, then north 5 miles to Beeler Road (County Park sign), then east 1 mile to park.

    • Lake Township, Missaukee County
















Watch This Video to Learn How Fishing Line is Recycled

Goose Lake
Long Lake
Crooked Lake
Lake Missaukee
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Missaukee Co Fishing Line Recycling Stat