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Kids Fishing Day Planned for June 9th

(Gladstone/Rapid River/St. Ignace, MI) -- Kids Fishing Day is a longstanding free event introducing youth 16 years old and under to fishing. The Hiawatha National Forest, together with numerous partners and volunteers, will once again be sponsoring two "Kids Fishing Day" events on Saturday, June 9th. One event will be held at the Camp Seven Lake Campground (near Rapid River), and the other will be at Castle Rock Ponds (near St. Ignace). Both events include a variety of family-friendly activities throughout the day.

This year marks the 27th Anniversary of the Camp Seven Lake Campground event, youth can participate in a casting contest, raffle prizes, minnow races, face painting, free food, fly Fishing demonstrations, 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 to 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 participants 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. 

This year marks the 22nd Anniversary of the Castle Rock Ponds event. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will include booths, educational materials, fishing, prizes and refreshments. A map to the Castle Rock Pond event is found here: http://www.saintignace.org/wp-content/uploads/Castle-Rock-Pond-Directions-pdf.pdf.

June 9th is part of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Free Fishing weekend so all fishing license fees are waived for residents and out-of-state visitors alike. All fishing regulations will still apply. Visit www.michigan.gov/dnr to view the 2018 Michigan Fishing Guide.

Kid’s Fishing Day events would not be possible without the assistance of our community partners. The Camp 7 Lake Campground is supported by 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. The Castle Rock Pond event is coordinated by the Straits Area Sportsmen's Association.

If you would like to combine camping into the weekend, check out the Hiawatha National Forest campgrounds nearby. For example, Camp Seven Campground is on site of the Camp Seven Lake event, and for the Castle Rock Pond event, Lake Michigan Campground is nearby. Or, if you are looking to reserve 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 www.recreation.gov. 

To check campsite availability and make reservations, contact the National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS) to reserve a campsite by calling 1-877-444-6777, or by going to www.recreation.gov.” A few 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.  
Parents are encouraged to bring their children out to one of our Kids Fishing Day events to introduce them to the joys of family fishing for this free event. This is a great time to explore other opportuntities in the Hiawatha National Forest. Begin your adventure at www.fs.usda.gov/hiawatha or catch up with us at www.facebook.com/HiawathaNF . If you have additional questions about Kids Fishing Day, please contact the Rapid River/Manistique Ranger District office at 906-474-6442 or St. Ignace District office at 906-643-7900.

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