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Shawnee National Forest to host kids fishing derbies May 19

Submitted by Shawnee National Forest
updated: 5/8/2018 10:54 AM

HARRISBURG -- Whether you love fishing or have never tried it, taking a kid fishing can be a rewarding experience.

Springtime is one of the best times to go fishing, and at the annual Shawnee National Forest fishing derby you can enjoy the beautiful outdoors. Not only are you spending quality time together, there's other benefits too. Studies show spending time in nature enriches children's lives by making them healthier and happier. It also can inspire a lifelong appreciation for the outdoors.

On Saturday, May 19, Shawnee National Forest will host two kid's fishing derbies for children age 5 to 15. This is a free event, and children must be accompanied by an adult. No fishing license is needed, and some bait will be provided. Prizes will be awarded in various categories. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Participants begin fishing at 8:30 a.m., and lunch will be provided. You may want to bring a chair or blanket. The event will be held rain or shine at:

Oakwood Bottoms Interpretive Site, Grand Tower. For more info, contact the Mississippi Bluffs Ranger Station at (618) 833-8576.

Pennant Bar -- Pond No. 4, Grantsburg. For more info, contact the Hidden Springs Ranger Station at (618) 658-2111.