Gifford Pinchot National Forest and local partners will host FREE fishing events for kids and their families on June 7 and June 14. Free fishing is an opportunity for kids and their families to connect with the outdoors so they can better understand why nature matters and how it provides for our wellbeing and enjoyment. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will be stocking fishing areas in preparation for these events. Fishing rods will be available for kids to use on loan, worms for bait, and volunteers to show kids how to fish. Pre-registration is not required and fish cleaning will be provided.
“This is a fun filled event for families who want to get away for a day,” states Adam Haspiel, Acting Forest Fish Biologist for Gifford Pinchot National Forest. “Everything is free, including lunch, and there are plenty of activities for kids 13 and under.”
Mount St. Helens Ranger District
The Mount St. Helens Ranger District Kids Fishing Derby will be held on June 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lake Merwin Day Use Park area in Ariel, WA.
Activities include a parade and storytelling inside a 40-foot long inflatable salmon, face painting, make your own volcano, aqua-aquarium, boater safety, and Gyotaku-Japanese fish printing on tee-shirts. Call 360-449-7800 for more information.
Cowlitz Valley Ranger District
The Cowlitz Valley Ranger District Kids Fishing Derby is also scheduled for June 7, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Cowlitz Falls Day Use area on Lake Scanewa in Morton, WA.
Activities include fish printing, knot tying, casting demonstration, passport question activity, a compost worm box, beading, and a visit from Smokey Bear.Call 360-497-1100 for more information.
Mount Adams Ranger District
The Mount Adams Ranger District Kids Fishing Derby will take place on June 14 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Guler-Mt. Adams County Park in Trout Lake, Washington. Kids are encouraged to bring a white t-shirt for Gyotaku-Japanese fish printing. Other activities include a campfire, fish fry, games, and free hot dogs and soda. Call 509-395-3400 for more information.