Forestville, WI: There’s nothing like the thrill of that first tug on your fishing line—you have to feel it for yourself! If your kids want to learn to fish, come join us for “Kids Fishing Day” on Saturday, June 3, 2017, at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, Ashland, WI. The event runs from 9 am to 1 pm. Be sure to arrive no later than 12 noon to allow enough time to complete the learning stations and fishing at the pond. Experienced anglers and biologists are on hand to share their fishing tips and techniques. Equipment is provided, but you can bring your own pole if you want. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and all persons should dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. This event takes place rain or shine and is FREE and FUN for families! Fun activities and prizes for everyone! The Future Angler Foundation, one of the 50 national and local sponsors, is providing fishing rod/reel combos for the second year to support the partnership effort.
The Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center was established through efforts by the Friends of the Center, a grass roots, non-profit organization formed to support the goals of a new Center that combined elements of history, natural resources, and visitor information under one roof. The group lobbied the state and federal governments for nearly six years and obtained state and federal funds to build this Center. Construction began in 1995. The Center opened in May 1998. The Forest Service holds title to the facility and 180-acre grounds and is staffed by 7 permanent and 34 seasonal or part-time staff members and volunteers.
It is operated through a unique federal, state and local partnership. Federal, state, and local organizations align their missions to bring specialized services to our visitors and communities. The Center’s operating partners are: The US Forest Service, National Park Service, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Wisconsin Historical Society, University of Wisconsin – Extension, and the Friends of the Center Alliance, Limited.