Baraga State Park Hosting Free Fishing Pond for Kids on June 7

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Free Kids Fishing PondBaraga State Park will host a free fishing opportunity for children on Saturday, June 7, from noon until 5 p.m. to celebrate Free Fishing Weekend in Michigan.

“This is a great opportunity to get the kids outdoors, away from the electronic games, and enjoy the Baraga County Lake Trout Festival at the same time,” said Dan Dowdy, supervisor of Baraga State Park. “All fishing equipment and bait will be on hand, and the kids will be able to catch and keep rainbow trout supplied by the Keweenaw Bay Tribal Hatchery.”

The Quincy-Franklin Fire Department provides the pond, the L’Anse Fire Department assists with filling the pond, and Baraga State Park staff will be present to help the children catch fish and answer questions.

The fishing pond is just one part of this annual event. This event combines a classic fishing tournament with food, music and fun. The event features a half marathon, comedy show, arts and crafts, street dance, lake trout and salmon cook-off, a pancake breakfast, kids carnival, volleyball tournament and a Ducky Race.

The third annual Baraga County Lake Trout Festival will be held at the Waterfront Park and Marina in downtown L’Anse, located on US-41 on Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay. Information about this event can be obtained by calling 800-743-4908. For the fishing tournament, call 906-524-6518.

For more information about Baraga State Park, contact the park at 906-353-6558. Camping reservations for Baraga State Park can be made by calling 800-44PARKS (7-2757), or on-line at

All motor vehicles entering a state park or recreation area must display a Motor Vehicle Permit, available for purchase at the entrance. Cost is $24 for resident annual and $6 for resident daily. A non-resident annual is $29 and a non-resident daily is $8.