Kids Fishing Day a success

GLADSTONE — Every years for the past 28 years, Hiawatha National Forest and local community volunteers have hosted Kids Fishing Day events at Camp Seven Lake (near Manistique) and Castle Rock Ponds (near St. Ignace). This year’s June 8th free fishing day events drew families in record numbers to enjoy the day outdoors playing in the water and learn how to catch fish.

Volunteer Anne Okonek indicated that 408 youngsters (plus their families) participated at Camp Seven Lake. And according to Justin Bomers, U.S. Forest Service recreation technician in St. Ignace, 150 enthusiastic youth attended the Castle Rock Ponds — up 50% from last year. Fishing instruction, games, prizes and educational information helped make both events fun for the whole family.

“In these days of digital technology, it is increasingly important to connect kids to the outdoors. As the future stewards of the earth, we need them to care about the natural world,” said Brenda Madden, U.S. Forest Service recreation technician in Rapid River.

The U.S. Forest Service relies on volunteers in order to pull off both events. In addition, organizations like Delta Wildlife Unlimited and Straits Area Sportsman’s Club were also instrumental in the success of the event.

“We appreciate the energy and dedication of the volunteers and community organizations who help make these events happen,” said Cid Morgan, Hiawatha’s Forest Supervisor.

If you would like to get involved in planning for 2020 Kids Fishing Day, contact U.S. Forest Service coordinators Brenda Madden at (906) 474-6442 or Justin Bomers at (906) 643-7900.

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