Free Fishing and Park Entry Day Activities May 17 at Chadron State Park

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CHADRON, Neb. –– Chadron State Park (SP), located nine miles south of Chadron on U. S. Highway 385, will host an expanded Free Fishing and Park Entry Day on Saturday, May 17, according to Dave Kinnamon, park superintendent.

“The activities will include an expanded fishing clinic for kids, the popular spin fishing clinic and a new program devoted to fly fishing and fly tying,” Kinnamon said. “Many new activities are planned to make the day a fun event for all ages.”

Activities will include horseshoe pitching, frisbee golf and half-price, supervised horseback rides. Local artisans will demonstrate Native American crafts, woodlore and how to make a personalized walking stick at the park’s trading post. Events are planned from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

According to Kinnamon, educational seminars and tours are also planned and will start at the group cabin complex at 9 a.m. A representative of Bluebirds Across Nebraska will talk about the birds and demonstrate how to construct nesting boxes. Attendees may also take a free hayrack ride around the park and learn about its history and how its forest is managed for multiple uses. Experts in forestry, wildlife management and prescribed burning will be available to discuss methods used to manage those resources and answer questions.

“Everyone is encouraged to come and stay for the day to learn about the park and have fun outdoors,” Kinnamon added. Reasonably priced food will be available from noon-5 p.m. at the park group complex. Lunches of sloppy joes, hot dogs, chips and iced tea or lemonade will be offered for just $3. For more information and an event schedule, contact the park office at (308) 432-6167.