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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
St. Paul District
Public Affairs Office
332 Minnesota St., Suite E1500
St. Paul, MN 55101
Phone: (651) 290-5807
Fax: (651) 290-5752
The Corps of Engineers hosted a youth fishing derby at the Leech Lake Recreation Area at Federal Dam, Minn., on Saturday, July 20, 2013. More than 170 young anglers, ranging in age from one through 14 showed up to see if they could catch the biggest fish of the day. The largest fish caught was a 23-1/3 inch walleye, but the big winners were the children. “The real goal of the event is to introduce the kids to the environment,” said Timm Rennecke, Leech Lake Recreation Area Park Manager.
ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, invites everyone 1 to 14-years-old to participate in the 25th Annual Leech Lake Kids' Fishing Derby, Saturday, July 18.
The derby will take place at the Leech Lake Dam and Recreation Area, 1217 Federal Dam Dr. NE, Federal Dam, MN 56641.
The event is free and will be held directly downstream of the Leech Lake Dam. Registration and activities will begin at 11 a.m., and the fishing derby will go from noon to 1 p.m. Participants will be registered under one of three age groups to compete for prizes: 1 to 4; 5 to 9; and 10 to 14. Every participant will receive a prize.
Hot dogs and pop will be served, and local merchants are providing bait. Participants will need to bring a fishing pole, and we recommend wearing a life jacket when near the water. The fishing derby will be held rain or shine but will be delayed if there is lightening in the area. For more information, please contact the park office at (218) 654-3145.
The nearly 650 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, employees working at more than 40 sites in five upper-Midwest states serve the American public in the areas of environmental enhancement, navigation, flood damage reduction, water and wetlands regulation, recreation sites and disaster response. Through the Corps’ Fiscal Year 2014 $100 million budget, nearly 1,600 non-Corps jobs were added to the regional economy as well as $155 million to the national economy. For more information, see www.mvp.usace.army.mil.
Release no. 15-024
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