Take a Kid Fishing for Free This Weekend at Big Oaks Refuge

July 9, 2018


Hey You! Always wanted to take your kid fishing, but don’t have the equipment or knowhow?

Or perhaps you want to help promote recreational fishing in general and take advantage of the National Wildlife Refuge that you live near.

Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge will host their ‘Take a Kid Fishing Day’ this Saturday, July 14th from 7:00 AM until 3:30 PM.

Kids 15 years old or younger and an accompanying adult(s) may access the refuge for this free fishing opportunity.

There will be activity booths include a kids casting contest, make your own cane pole, hover archery, and learn about reptiles and amphibians; these will close at 1:30.

A limited number of free fishing packets will be available for the kids, so come early to get your packet while they last.

Free refreshments including hot dogs, chips, soda, and cookies will be available starting at 10:30 AM until 1:30 PM.

Volunteers will be on hand to assist the kids and teach them about fishing.

There will be a limited number of fishing poles and bait for beginners who do not have fishing equipment.

Visitors will be required to watch the 20 minute refuge safety video and abide by refuge access procedures when they check in at the refuge office.

All state and refuge fishing regulations will apply for this free fishing day, but state fishing licenses will be waived for this event.

According to the park ranger, approximate drive time to the lake from the refuge office is 30 minutes, so you should probably check-in to the office no later than 11:00 AM on the day of the event to participate in activities.

The entrance to the refuge is on U.S. Highway 421, on the former Jefferson Proving Ground, five miles north of Madison, Indiana.

Enter at the main entrance of the former Jefferson Proving Ground and follow the brown directional signs to Big Oaks office, 1661 West Niblo Road.

The event is co-sponsored by the Big Oaks Conservation Society and local merchants.

The Big Oaks Conservation Society is a non-profit friends group which consists of volunteers from local communities that support the refuge.

Please contact the refuge office at 812-273-0783 for further information.