Kids Fishing Day set at Camp 7

RAPID RIVER — Hiawatha National Forest, together with numerous partners and volunteers, will once again be sponsoring Kids Fishing Day on Saturday, June 10, at the Camp 7 Lake Campground. This year marks the 26th Anniversary of the event.

The purpose of Kids Fishing Day is to introduce youngsters to the joy of fishing. The event typically draws between 250 and 300 youngsters each year. It’s a great opportunity to introduce youngsters to the outdoors and specifically to the sport of fishing. June 10 is Michigan’s Free Fishing weekend, a day when all fishing license fees are waived for residents and out-of-state visitors alike. The entire event is free and open to youth ages 16 years and under.

Kid’s Fishing Day is made possible thanks to the Bay de Noc Great Lakes Sport Fishermen, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Unlimited of Delta County, the Hiawatha National Forest and the cooperation of many volunteers, local merchants and service organizations.

This free, fun-filled day includes a casting contest, raffle prizes, minnow races, face painting, free food, and two fishing ponds for kids ages 12 and under. Professional Fisherman Greg Karch will be returning with his “Backyard Bass” gear and will teach youngsters how to cast. Smokey Bear will be there as well. The first 300 children who attend will receive a free goodie bag with items donated by fishing tackle manufacturers. Thanks to generous donations from area businesses and service organizations, there will be abundant raffle prizes for the youngsters which include fishing rods, tackle boxes and other outdoor items. Free food donated by local merchants from Manistique, Escanaba, Gladstone and Rapid River will be served up by the Bay de Noc Great Lakes Sports Fishermen.

Camp 7 Lake Campground has 39 campsites and as of press time, there are still a handful of campsites available for reservation for the weekend. Campers can contact the National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS) to reserve a campsite by calling 1-877-444-6777, or by going to recreation.gov and searching on “Camp Seven Lake.” Some of the campsites offer electricity.

There are also many campsites available on a first come, first served basis and based on previous year’s experience, campers should plan to arrive on Thursday or early Friday morning to have the best chance of finding an open campsite.

If you are looking for a more secluded, rustic camping experience, there are dispersed campsites located on nearby Lyman and Gooseneck lakes.

Those campsites can also be reserved by calling the NRRS or going to recreation.gov and searching on “Manistique/Rapid River Dispersed Campsites.”

For additional information, contact the Forest Service office in Rapid River at 906-474-6442.

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