Thursday, May 22, 2014

Dakota County Parks invites anglers of all ages to ‘Take a Kid Fishing’ event

As part of the statewide "Take a Kid Fishing" weekend in Minnesota June 6–8, Dakota County is inviting adults and the youngsters in their lives to drop by Thompson County Park and drop a line in the water. The weekend is the only one year-round where adults ages 16 and older can fish with a child without having a fishing license.


A special event will be held from noon–3 p.m. Sunday, June 8, at Thompson County Park, 360 Butler Ave. E., West St. Paul. Along with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and other partners, Dakota County Parks staff will provide lessons on how to set up a rod, tie on tackle and cast a line. Fishing poles, tackle, bait and other supplies will be provided. Those who attend will also be able to see live fish up-close, take part in other activities and have a chance to win door prizes. Concessions will be available to purchase from Sandy's Grill & Italian Ice.


Volunteers are invited to assist at different fishing-themed stations around the event. Anyone age 15 and younger who is interested in volunteering must be accompanied by an adult. To volunteer, visit


There is no cost to attend the event, but pre-registration is appreciated. To pre-register, call 952-891-7000 or visit and search Take a Kid Fishing.

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