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Steel Sturgeon.

32-Foot-Long Steel Sturgeon

Field review by the editors.

Indian River, Michigan

Made of quarter-inch-thick plate steel with an iridescent sheen, this whopper weighs nearly four tons and gave credibility to Onaway's claim to be the Sturgeon Capital of Michigan. It was sculpted by Tom Moran of Moran Iron Works, with help from the students of Onaway's Industrial Arts Institute. It debuted in Onaway's July 4th parade in 2017. Tom then bought an abandoned downtown gas station, bulldozed the buildings, and set the fish in the vacant lot.

Steel Sturgeon.

Onaway is known for its annual mid-winter sturgeon hunt, where the big fish are speared through the ice on Black Lake. Tom did not make a monster-size spear to accompany his giant sturgeon, but told us that he's always open to new ideas for future projects.

In June 2021 the sturgeon was sold (for charity) and trucked to its current home in Indian River.

Also see: Welded Wonders: Big Art of Tom Moran

32-Foot-Long Steel Sturgeon

3983 S. Straits Hwy, Indian River, MI
South edge of town, on the northeast corner of MI-68 and S. Straits Hwy. Just west of I-75 exit 310.
RA Rates:
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