Gifford Pinchot National Forest and local partners are hosting three free fishing events for kids and families. The closest event is at Merwin Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 6: the Mount St. Helens Kids’ Fishing Derby, where 1,500 rainbow trout are waiting to be reeled in by kids.
Fishing Derby events include fishing, a parade, storytelling inside a 40-foot-long inflatable salmon, face painting, make-your-own volcano, Gyotaku-Japanese fish printing on tee shirts, an aqua-aquarium, and information on water and boater safety. Everything is free, including lunch. Fishing rods and tackle will be available for kids to borrow and volunteers will be on hand to show kids how to fish. Fish cleaning will be provided. No need to register in advance; just show up. Call 360-449-7800 for more information.