Free youth fishing fest June 7 on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District

The U.S. Forest Service is hosting a free fishing fest for kids on June 7 at the West Lake day-use area, located off Red Feather Lakes Road (CR 74E).

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.

Last year’s free fishing fest drew over 100 participants and 30 volunteers and was eagerly noted by the kids as being, “a really great time!”

Check-in time is from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., and the event runs from 8:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Space is limited. Participants must register online by June 3 at For questions or inquiries about the event, please email

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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