Shawnee National Forest to Host Fishing Derbies

Contact(s): Linda Hauser

Harrisburg, ILMay 13, 2019 — Whether you love fishing or have never tried it, taking a kid fishing can be a rewarding experience. Springtime is one of the best times to go fishing and at the annual Shawnee National Forest fishing derby you get a chance to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends.

On Saturday, May 18, Shawnee National Forest will host two kid’s fishing derbies for children age 5 to 15. This is a free event, and children must be accompanied by an adult. No fishing license is needed and some bait will be provided. Prizes will be awarded in various categories. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Participants begin fishing at 8:30 a.m. and lunch will be provided. The event will be held rain or shine at:

  • Oakwood Bottoms Interpretive Site, Grand Tower, Illinois. For more info, contact the Mississippi Bluffs Ranger Station at 618-833-8576.
  • Pennant Bar – Pond #4, Grantsburg, Illinois. For more info, contact the Hidden Springs Ranger Station at 618-658-2111.

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About Shawnee National Forest

Administered by the USDA Forest Service, Shawnee National Forest is one of 155 national forests nationwide. As the only national forest in Illinois, the Shawnee offers numerous avenues for connecting with the natural world through its 280,000 acres of varied landscape. Whether your interests lie more in outdoor recreational activities, such as hiking or camping, or include learning about the unique natural and cultural heritage of southern Illinois, the fields, forests and streams of the Shawnee welcome you. To discover more about the Shawnee National Forest, visit Follow us on Twitter at and Facebook via



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