Families Celebrate the Outdoors at Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Rice Lake NWR Family Fun Day
June 4, 2010
Nearly 200 people ventured out to Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge on Friday, June 4th for the fourth annual Family Fun Day celebration. Visitors braved the rainy weather, joining Refuge staff and volunteers in various activities aimed at getting youth outdoors.
One popular event, catch and release fishing on the Rice River, drew large crowds. Many kids had the opportunity to hook several northern pike throughout the day. Doug Kincaid, a volunteer for Rice Lake NWR said, “This was one of the best years for fishing. Every time I looked, a kid had a fish on!”
Other activity stations present throughout the day ranged from birding, nature photography, hiking, outdoor crafts, exploring the Mandy Lake Discovery Area, and enjoying a picnic lunch by Mandy Lake prepared by Rice Lake NWR volunteers.
Family Fun Day was sponsored in part by Friends of Rice Lake Refuge, Big Sandy Water Institute and Minnesota DNR.