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Forest To Host Fishing Derbies

One in Trout Lake

The Gifford Pinchot National Forest will host three Kids' Fishing Day derbies on June 6 and June 13 as part of its 21st annual observance of National Fishing Week.

Parents are encouraged to bring their children for these free fishing derbies providing a host of other family-oriented fun activities.

"Getting outdoors for a day of fishing is a great way for young people to experience their natural surrounds," said Gifford Pinchot National Forest Supervisor Janine Clayton.

The three fishing derbies are scheduled for:

Saturday, June 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Merwin Reservoir at Merwin Park, 12 miles east of Woodland. This fishing derby is sponsored by: Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, PacfiCorp, Camas Moose Lodge, Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Fish First, Cowlitz Fire District #1, Mount St. Helens Institute, NAACP Urban Youth Group, Trout Unlimited, Swift Community Action Team and local organizations and businesses.

Activities include environmental education activities, fish T-shirt prints, face painting, casting contest, recreational fishing opportunities, and prizes.

There will be free snacks and beverages.

For more information, contact Adam Haspiel, Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, Amboy, (360) 449-7833.

Saturday, June 6, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Lower Cowlitz Falls Day Use area, 15 miles east of Morton.

Lewis PUD, Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Cowlitz Valley Ranger District will sponsor this fishing derby.

Activities include fishing, making colorful fish prints, casting demonstration, and a fish trivia game.

Refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Ken Wieman, Cowlitz Valley Ranger District, Randle, (360) 497-1141

Saturday, June 13, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Mt. Adams-Guler County Park, Trout Lake

This fishing derby, for kids 12 and younger, is sponsored by Mt. Adams Ranger District, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, the White Salmon Steelheaders, Northwest Service Academy, Skamania County Sheriff's Office, Trout Lake School and many local organizations and businesses.

Besides the opportunity to learn how to catch fish, other activities will include storytelling, T-shirt fish printing, face painting, casting contest, Fish Facts Wheel of Fortune, boat safety lessons, prizes, and special guest appearances of Smokey Bear and Frances Fish.

Food and beverages will be served.

For more information, contact Stephanie Caballero, Mt. Adams Ranger District, Trout Lake, (509) 395-3419.

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