Fishing Event a Great Catch for Families

Chris Young
Fishing Event a Great Catch for Families
GRAFTON, IL � For a day filled with fun and educational activities for the entire family, check out the Two Rivers Family Fishing Fair on Saturday, June 7 at Pere Marquette State Park, near Grafton, IL on Illinois Route 100.   The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in conjunction with Illinois Free Fishing Days.  The 24th annual event will include some favorite activities from previous years, plus several new activities for children and families to enjoy.  

Activities include a catch-and-release bluegill pond, where young anglers can have their photograph taken with their catch; the popular One-Cast station, where everyone wins a prize; and the Bow Fishing Stations where children can shoot in a pool or at a 3D target.  Every child that completes at least seven activity stations will receive a prize and have the chance to catch a trout. 

A 4,000-gallon mobile aquarium will be returning, stocked with many of the fish species found in the Illinois River. Fishing seminars will be presented by professional anglers throughout the day, including local experts demonstrating a variety of fishing techniques. There will also be two retriever dog shows and a noodling demonstration.  Fredbird will make an appearance, the Lodge Boys folk band will have a live performance, and there will be food available for purchase. 

Some exciting new activities will be introduced at this year�s Two Rivers Family Fishing Fair.  Radio Disney will be broadcasting live from 12:00 noon to 4 p.m., with games and activities for kids; the Audubon Center in West Alton will be hosting an educational station; QEM Fire Department will sponsor a �Smoke House� demonstration, where children can learn techniques to escape from a burning building; and, the Center for American Archeology in Kampsville will host a station on fishing in Ancient Illinois.
�We want to get kids hooked on fishing and have some positive outdoors experiences,� said Scott Isringhausen, IDNR Urban Fishing Coordinator.  �Thanks to our generous sponsors, we are able to continue to offer this free event.  We are very fortunate to have Phillips 66 of Wood River as a Premier Sponsor, together with Wal-Mart and Cabela�s of St. Charles.�

The Two Rivers Family Fishing Fair will also feature a first appearance for the refurbished IDNR Urban Fishing Education Trailer, used for events and school demonstrations.  The trailer and its exhibits were recently refurbished and updated thanks to the support of Steve Bollini of Bollini�s Taxidermy Studio of Godfrey, IL.

There is no charge to attend the Fishing Fair or to catch a fish, and parking is free. No license or fishing gear is needed for the event. For more information, contact Pere Marquette State Park at (618) 786-3323 ext. 1 or Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge at (618) 883-2524, or view our website at:

The event is hosted by Pere Marquette State Park (administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources), and co-sponsored by Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge (administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service).
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