The U.S. Forest Service is hosting a free fishing fest for kids on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District of the Roosevelt National Forest on June 3 at the West Lake Day-use area, located off Red Feather Lakes Road (CR 74E).

It happens on Colorado Free Fishing Day! Participants under the age of 15 will receive a free fishing pole and fishing lessons by Forest Service fisheries biology staff, the Soaring Eagle Ecology Center and volunteers from Rocky Mountain Flycasters Chapter of Trout Unlimited.


Check-in time is from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., and the event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Space is limited. Participants must register online.

What to Bring

Make sure to bring water, lunch, sunscreen, bug spray, fishing gear (for adults wishing to participate) and a cooler to keep your catch. Youth must be accompanied by an adult.

Driving Directions

Drive 21 miles north of Fort Collins on U.S. Highway 287. Turn left (west) onto Red Feather Lakes Road (County Road 74E), and drive approximately 22 miles. Turn right onto Dowdy Lake Road.

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