2013-06-06 / Community

Camp 7 kids fishing day set


Little Lily Knaffla, 2, from Manistique, pauses for a photo at last year’s Kids Fishing Day. This year’s event will be held on June 8 at Camp 7 Lake Campground. 
Courtesy photo Little Lily Knaffla, 2, from Manistique, pauses for a photo at last year’s Kids Fishing Day. This year’s event will be held on June 8 at Camp 7 Lake Campground. Courtesy photo MANISTIQUE – The Hiawatha National Forest is once again sponsoring “Kids Fishing Day” on June 8 at the Camp 7 Lake Campground. It will be the 22nd anniversary of the event.

The day is designed for kids up to 16 years of age and typically draws between 250 and 300 children each year. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and runs until 1p.m. in the picnic area.

The event runs until approximately 3:30 p.m. The event also runs in conjunction with Michigan’s Free Fishing weekend, a time when all fishing license fees are waived for residents and outof state visitors.

The day includes a casting contest, raffle prizes, free food, and two fishing ponds for kids ages 12 and under. Smokey Bear will make an appearance, and face painters will be on hand as well.

All children attending will receive a free Kids Fishing Day t-shirt and a goodie bag with items donated by fishing tackle manufacturers.

Raffle prizes include fishing rods, tackle boxes and other outdoor items.

For families traveling from the Manistique area, Camp 7 Lake Campground is located four miles west of County Road 437 (the Thunder Lake Road) on County Road 442.

In addition to it being Kids Fishing Day, June 8 is also the sixth annual “National Get Outdoors Day”, an event designed to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun. For more information on outdoor activities available at the Hiawatha National Forest, or about Kids Fishing Day, contact Brenda Madden at the Forest Service office in Manistique at (906) 341-5666 ext. 17 or Anne Okonek at the Rapid River Forest Service office at (906) 474-6442.

Quick Facts

The 22nd annual Kids Fishing Day will be held Saturday at the Camp 7 Lake Campground. The event is free to children up to age 16 and includes a casting contest, raffle prizes, free food, two fishing ponds, and a visit from Smokey Bear.

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