Kids’ Fishing Day 2016

What a day! We estimate over 700 people attended the 12th annual Kids’ Fishing Day at Veronica Valley on Sunday, June 26th. This is a day where kids can successfully learn about fishing and how much fun it can be. Over the years we have added an amazing “hands-on” nature display featuring all kinds of live native Michigan turtles, frogs, snakes, and fish. Wings of Wonder provides a learning experience and display of live wild raptors. An angling expert teaches the art of fly fishing to those kids who are interested. “Fish Painting” is another popular activity. All this plus all the food kids can consume is provided at no cost.

New this year, the Leelanau Conservancy conducted hiking tours of beautiful Veronica Valley Park. This was a great opportunity for kids and their families to view first-hand Leelanau’s only natural park, featuring seven ponds, a natural trout stream, and abundant wildlife, fish, and birds. It is a tour worth taking!

So all went well!  But alas, long time Fish Committee Chair, Pete Taylor, has decided to step down .. and he will be sorely missed! Pete, thanks for all you do for us and for the kids, especially for the kids. Now the search begins for someone to fill those big shoes.

Kids’ Fishing Day is free thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, every one of them deserving of your patronage:

  • Lake Leelanau Lake Association
  • PATH Foundation
  • Leelanau Enterprise
  • Cedar Rod and Gun Club
  • Cherryland Electric CO-OP
  • Grand Traverse Band
  • Leelanau County Parks and Recreation Commission
  • Leelanau Conservation District
  • Lake Leelanau Community Association
  • The Fish Hook
  • Honor Collision Service
  • The Narrows Yacht Club
  • Tru-Turn Hooks
  • Dick’s Pour House
  • Michigan DNR
  • Camelot Construction
  • Great Lakes Children’s Museum
  • Monstrey McDonald Events
  • Hansens Foods

Mark Smith

Grew up in Petoskey, so perhaps one of the few people in Leland who headed south to end up “Up North”. Graduated from U of M. Taught in Scotland for 10 years, came back to Leland in 1989 and taught English for 25 years at Leland Public School. Still teach part time for NMC. My lovely wife is named Marjory – three grown kids (two living locally) and three grandkids. We live on N. Lake Leelanau with access to both lakes Michigan and Leelanau Life is good!

4 Replies to “Kids’ Fishing Day 2016

  1. We have not established an official date yet, but usually it’s the last Sunday in June. We will be looking to find someone to fill the big shoes of retiring Fish Committee Chair, Pete Taylor.

    1. I am hoping to use veronica valley park for my wedding ceremony 6-17-17. Do you know when date will be established?

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