Gifford Pinchot National forest promotes outdoor family fun with fishing derbies

Staff reportMay 25, 2014 

Early next month, the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and its partners will host several free fishing events for kids and their families.

The events are offered as an opportunity for families to connect with the outdoors so they can better understand why nature matters and how it provides for our well-being and enjoyment, according to a forest news release.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife will stock trout for the events. Fishing rods will be available for kids to borrow, worms will be provided for bait and volunteers will be on hand to show kids how to fish. Preregistration is not required, and fish cleaning will be provided.

“This is a fun-filled event for families who want to get away for a day,” Adam Haspiel, acting forest fish biologist, said in a prepared statement. “Everything is free, including lunch, and there are plenty of activities for kids 13 and under.”

The events will be held at:

Cowlitz Valley Ranger District: The Cowlitz Valley district fishing derby is scheduled for June 7, from 9 a.m.-noon at the Cowlitz Falls day-use area on Lake Scanewa in Morton. Activities include fish printing, knot tying, casting demonstration, passport question activity, a compost worm box, beading and a visit from Smokey Bear. Call 360-497-1100 for more information.

Mount St. Helens Ranger District: The Mount St. Helens district derby will be held June 7 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Lake Merwin Day Use Park area in Ariel. Activities include a parade and storytelling inside a 40-foot-long inflatable salmon, face painting, make your own volcano, aqua-aquarium, boater safety and Gyotaku-Japanese fish printing on T-shirts. Call 360-449-7800 for more information.

Mount Adams Ranger District: The Mount Adams district derby will be June 14 from 9 a.m.-noon at the Guler-Mount Adams County Park in Trout Lake. Children are urged to bring a white T-shirt for Gyotaku-Japanese fish printing. Other activities include a campfire, fish fry, games and free hot dogs and soda. Call 509-395-3400 for more information.

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