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By The Skanner News | The Skanner News
Published: 07 June 2006

VANCOUVER, Wash.—The Gifford Pinchot National Forest will host three Kids' Fishing Day Clinics on June 10 as part of its 18th annual observance of National Fishing Week.

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

"This is an opportunity for kids of all ages to have a good time, catch a few fish and learn more about their environment," said Forest Supervisor Claire Lavendel. "It's a great way to expose young people to the great outdoors and have a fun family experience."

The three fishing clinics are scheduled for:

• 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 10, at the Mt. Adams-Guler County Park, Trout Lake, Wash.

Besides the opportunity to learn how to catch fish, other activities will include T-shirt fish printing, face painting, casting contest, wheel of fortune quiz, fish identification pond and special guest appearances by Smokey Bear and Francis Fish. Free hotdogs and soda pop will be served.

For additional information, call Ross Bluestone with the Mt. Adams Ranger District in Trout Lake, Wash., 509-395-3400.

• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at the Lower Cowlitz Falls Day-Use area, 15 miles east of Morton, Wash.

Activities include making fish T-shirt prints, casting contest and a fish obstacle course game. Free snacks and beverages will be served. For information, contact Ken Wieman with the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District in Randle, Wash., 360-497-1141.

• 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at the Merwin Reservoir at Merwin Park, 12 miles east of Woodland, Wash. From I-5 take exit 21 (Woodland) to Highway 503 East to Merwin Park. The entrance to Merwin Park is on the south side of HIghway 503.

Activities include environmental education activities, face painting, casting contest, recreational fishing opportunities and prizes. Free snacks and beverages. Contact Adam Haspiel, Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, Amboy, 360-449-7833.

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