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Hoosier National Forest to host "FishIN Adventures"

Last updated on Saturday, May 5, 2018

(TELL CITY) - The Hoosier National Forest will host the annual Adventures With Nature in conjunction with the Fishing Derby this year. This combined event will be held Saturday, June 23rd from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. (CST).

"FishIN Adventures" joint effort will bring more activities and fun for those participating.

Early registration will open May 21st and can be done in person at the Tell City Ranger District office or by calling 812-547-7051.

While everyone is invited to participate in all the activities and exhibits, kids up to age 15 are welcome to try their fishing talents in the fishing derby. On-site registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the first fishing heat will begin at 9 a.m. There will be another fishing heat at 9:30 a.m. and potentially another one at 10 a.m. depending on the number of early registrations. While it will be free to fish, there will be a $3 charge per car to enter the recreation area.

Kids are encouraged to bring their own pole, tackle and bait. There will be a limited number of loaner poles and bait available at the derby. Younger children should be accompanied by an adult and the adult will need to have a valid fishing license for the event. Fishing licenses will be available for purchase at the event with services provided by Indiana Conservation Officers.

Prizes will be awarded for the largest caught and the most fish caught per age group. There will be other activities and demonstrations during the day including several different techniques for collecting fish from a lake, fish cleaning and filleting, knot tying, fish identification, as well as numerous other events. Each fishing heat will be limited to 25 kids and last 30 minutes.

Tipsaw Lake is located in Perry County near Branchville off of State Road 37 approximately 15 miles north of Tell City.

The U.S. Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a mission of sustaining the health, diversity and productivity of the nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Forest Service's Eastern Region includes twenty states in the Midwest and East, stretching from Maine, to Maryland, to Missouri, to Minnesota. There are 17 national forests and one national tallgrass prairie in the Eastern Region. For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/R9.

The U.S. Forest Service manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation's clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live. For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/.

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