FLORENCE, Wis. - The Eagle River-Florence Ranger District team wants to introduce young people to the sport of fishing during the District's first-ever "Kids Fishing Day" on Saturday, June 4.
Fishing runs from noon to 4 p.m. on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest's Lost Lake Campground in Florence County.
Registration begins at 11 a.m. The event is free.
"This event is designed to introduce young people and their families to the joys of fishing," said Joel H. Skjerven, district ranger. "Everyone is invited to fish. You do not have to be a Wisconsin resident either."
The family event is part of Wisconsin's Free Fishing Weekend, so no fishing licenses or trout stamps are required.
"We are trying to start a new tradition and bring more of our local youngsters out of their houses and into the woods," Skjerven said.
Local businesses are donating bait, food and prizes, said event organizer, Melissa Simpson, Eagle River-Florence Ranger District ecologist.
Kids and other anglers will need to bring their own fishing poles.
Fishing day includes free fishing for the whole family, a casting contest for the most accurate casters, a visit by Smokey Bear, free food and raffle prizes.
For more information, please contact Simpson at (715) 528 4464 ext. 139 or Jeremy Hubbard at (715) 479-2827 ext. 22.
Directions to Lost Lake Campground: Travel 20 miles west of Florence via Highway 70. Follow Forest Roads 2450 and 2156 to the lake. Lost Lake is about 45 minutes east of Eagle River via State Highway 70 or one hour west of Iron Mountain via U.S. 2 and Highway 70.