Free youth fishing fest is June 6 at West Lake near Red Feather Lakes

The U.S. Forest Service is hosting a free fishing fest for kids in the Canyon Lakes Ranger District of the Roosevelt National Forest on June 6 at the West Lake day-use area, located off Red Feather Lakes Road.

In concurrence with Colorado Free Fishing Day and in an effort to educate youth about the wonderful world of fishing, participants under the age of 15 will receive a free fishing pole and fun-filled fishing lessons by Forest Service fisheries biology staff, the Soaring Eagle Ecology Center and volunteers from Trout Unlimited.

Check-in time is from 8 to 8:30 a.m., and the event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Space is limited. Participants must register online at For questions or inquiries about the event, please e-mail

Make sure to bring water, lunch, sunscreen, bug spray, fishing gear (for adults) and a cooler to keep your catch. Youth must be accompanied by an adult.

Directions: Drive 21 miles north of Fort Collins on U.S. Highway 287. Turn left (west) onto Red Feather Lakes Road (County Road 74E), and drive approximately 22 miles. Turn right onto Dowdy Lake Road.

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