Canyon Lakes Ranger District Kids Fishing Fest

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West Lake Day Use Area, Red Feather Lakes, CO

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The U.S. Forest Service, Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, Canyon Lakes Ranger District along with our partners; is hosting a fun, FREE, family day of fishing at West Lake Day Use Area. The event is geared specifically for kids (15 and under) to learn about the basics of fishing, aquatic and terrestrial biology, and outdoor ethics on the National Forests and other public lands, but the whole family is invited! Our mission that day is to get kids and families excited about fishing, the outdoors, recreation, and their public lands #itsallyours. We also hope to have a tug on the end of the line of course!

Each kid that registers will get a fishing pole to keep as they hopefully continue to fish and explore the outdoors for years to come. Volunteers will be on hand to show kids the basics of fishing and educate them on the great outdoors. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. The event takes place during Colorado's Free Fishing Weekend when neither kids nor adults are requried to have fishing licenses. NEW this year, we will have fly fishing equipment to demo for older or interested kids.

When?: Colorado Free Fishing Weekend, Saturday, June 1st, 2019 from 8:30am to 1:00pm

Where?: West Lake Day Use Area, just off of Larimer County Road 74E and Dowdy Lake Road intersection on the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests. The $5 day-use fee is waived for the day. Directions from Fort Collins: https://goo.gl/maps/dkMR2WKwbE42

How?: To join in the fun, please sign-up/register each child that wishes to participate. Bring a paper copy or an email confirmation on your smart phone the day of. If you've participated before, you are definitely welcome to join in the fun, but maybe leave a ticket available for another kid that has not previously.

What to bring?: Water, lunch, sunscreen, bug spray, any extra fishing gear, and a cooler in case you want to keep your catch. It's Colorado, so be prepared with layers for rapidly changing weather conditions.


Our Fantastic Partner Organizations:

Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Rocky Mountain Flycasters

Soaring Eagle Ecology Center

American Land and Leisure


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West Lake Day Use Area, Red Feather Lakes, CO

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