White River National Wildlife Refuge
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Events at White River National Wildlife Refuge

During the week of October 13 - 19, 2013, USFWS celebrates National Wildlife Refuge Week with special events for the public to enjoy. This year White River NWR may have some events to celebrate National Wildlife Refuge week, check back for more details.


Youth Fishing Rodeo for National Boating and Fishing Week to be Held Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 8 - 10am

National Boating and Fishing Week will be celebrated at the Farm Unit, near Ethel, of White River National Wildlife Refuge. White River NWR will provide the youth of this country an opportunity to fish a stocked pond on Saturday, June 8th, from 8am to 10am. Registration will begin at 7:30am on June 8th. Any youth 12 years of age and under will have a golden opportunity to hook a stocked catfish, so be sure to bring your pole. After 10am this pond will be open to the public for the rest of Saturday through Sunday, June 9th. Daily creel limits and length limits will be enforced. At the conclusion of the youth fishing derby, youngsters who registered will gather under the tent for a random drawing for educational outreach materials. Hotdogs and chips will be provided by the Friends of White River NWR as well as prizes for the biggest fish, smallest fish, and most fish.

National Boating and Fishing Week was established to promote the sport of fishing among younger generations, as well as to provide family recreation and education in the outdoors. Thus, after the youth fishing derby, the fishing derby pond will be open until June 9th. (Fishing will be allowed until sunset on the first day and on the second day from sunrise to sunset).

Signs for the event will be posted on Hwy1 directing traffic to the event Saturday morning.

For more information about the youth fishing rodeo, contact the refuge office in St. Charles at (870) 282-8200.

Last updated: May 10, 2013