Rydell National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and the Friends of Rydell and Glacial Ridge Refuges Association will be hosting their 2nd Annual Youth Fishing Day at Rydell NWR on Saturday, August 12th, from 9:00am - 1:00pm.

    Rydell National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and the Friends of Rydell and Glacial Ridge Refuges Association will be hosting their 2nd Annual Youth Fishing Day at Rydell NWR on Saturday, August 12th, from 9:00am - 1:00pm.  

   This free event is targeted towards youth age 15 or younger. Anglers age 16 and older must possess a valid Minnesota DNR fishing license to fish on the Refuge. A limited amount of fishing tackle (rods and reels) will be available, or youth anglers are welcome to bring their own. Bait will be provided, free of charge. The fish won’t be the only ones eating for free – lunch will be provided for all participants.

    The event will also include a fish cleaning demonstration and a casting seminar and contest.

    Certificates will be given to participants who catch their first fish, as well as for the biggest fish of each species and the winner of the casting contest. Other surprise prizes will be awarded to participants as well!

    Fishing within Rydell NWR is only allowed from designated piers on Tamarac Lake. Additional fishing piers will be added for the youth fishing event. Shuttles will transport participants from the Refuge Visitor Center to Tamarac Lake and back.

    Pre-registration is required. Please call or email one of the below contacts no later than Tuesday, August 8 to sign up for the event.

     All participants should check in at the Refuge Visitor Center on the day of the event. Rydell NWR is located 3 miles south of Highway 2, between Mentor and Erskine, at 17788 349th St SE.

    The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.

    For more information, please contact Gregg Knutsen, Refuge Manager, at 218-687-2229 x16 / gregg_knutsen@fws.gov or Lisa Wiersma, Administrative Support, at 218-687-2229 x10 / lisa_wiersma@fws.gov