Kayaking, Lure-Making and Open Fishing at Spotted Eagle July 18-19
By angelamontana


Come try kayaking at Spotted Eagle July 18

Ever wanted to try kayaking but didn’t have the equipment or knowledge or didn’t want to do it alone? This is your chance! Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will host a community kayaking event at Spotted Eagle Lake in Miles City on Wednesday, July 18 from 6-9 p.m.

This will be a very informal event, introducing people to the basics of safe kayaking before allowing them to paddle on the lake. Staff will be on the shore and on the lake to provide assistance.

There is a limited number of kayaks, so people should expect to take turns, adhere to time limits and stay within designated areas. People may drop in or leave anytime between 6 and 9 p.m., but time on the water will be first come, first serve. Repeat outings will be allowed if crafts are available.

No pre-registration is required, and there is no cost. Kayaks and life jackets will be provided. All participants must wear a life jacket and sign a waiver. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult, and children under 18 must have a guardian sign a waiver to participate. Paddling a kayak unassisted will be determined by the child’s age, size and ability. Parents can paddle with a child on some of the kayaks provided; however, is not recommended to bring infants aboard kayaks.

This event is perfect for beginners and anyone who wants to spend time in a kayak. Families are encouraged to come out and experience the joy of being on the water!

Make your own fishing lure at FWP July 19

Children and adults are invited to come and make their own fishing lures on Thursday, July 19 from 9-11 a.m. at Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 7 headquarters in Miles City. People need not pre-register for this event.

The activity is best for children who are preschool age or older. All participants should wear clothes that won’t be ruined by paint.

FWP will provide all of the supplies at no cost. Jig heads are dipped in a powder-based paint the color of the crafter’s choosing, then feathers are attached once the paint dries. The informal activity will be led by Tate Langel, an intern with FWP’s Traveling Wild educational program based out of Helena’s Montana Wild facility. Making a lure does not take two hours, so people may come and go as they like during the class period. There will be no formal instruction on how to use the lures, but Langel will be on hand for questions.

Participants will leave with a custom-designed lure all but guaranteed to increase their chances of catching fish. FWP is hosting open fishing at Spotted Eagle that evening from 6-9 p.m. if people want to try their lure there!

Enjoy an evening of open fishing at Spotted Eagle July 19

Come on out to Spotted Eagle Lake on Wednesday, July 19 from 6-9 p.m. for an evening of open fishing! Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will have loaner fishing rods and bait available at no cost, and no fishing license is required during that time! People must still abide by all other Montana fishing regulations, however.

Everyone from preschoolers to adults is welcome at this community event. Kids under age 12 should be accompanied by an adult. Anglers may come and go as they like from 6-9 p.m. People need not pre-register to come and fish.

There will be no formal fishing instruction offered, but FWP staff will be on hand for assistance, if needed. Look for the FWP Traveling Wild van at Spotted Eagle if you need equipment or bait. People with their own gear or bait are also welcome to come on out and join the fun!

Anglers are advised to bring chairs, water, sunscreen and bug spray.

(via MT FWP; feature photo via milescitychamber.com)





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