Don’t have a rod or reel? No problem
19 state parks are now
providing fishing equipment to visitors on a loaner basis. Included in
the equipment are rods, reels, fishing line and an assortment of lures or
baits, all of which can be signed out by park visitors. These starter kits help
provide instant access to the sport of fishing.
Find a REEL Fun Fishing State Park
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Three state parks are holding Let's Go Fishing Clinics throughout the summer.
The clinics will cover the basics of fishing including tackle selection, knot tying, casting, fish habitat and fish identification, fishing regulations and more. Clinics are free after paid admission to the state park and all equipment is provided on site. Participants are not required to purchase a fishing license to participate.
Boulder Beach State Park in Groton State Forest
2278 Boulder Beach Rd
Groton, VT 05046
Every Saturday at 3:00pm, last clinic of the season on August 25. Meet near the playground on the far-right side of the beach.
No registration required. Call (802) 584-3823 for park information.
Lake St. Catherine State Park
3034 VT Rte. 30
Poultney, VT 05764
Every Saturday at 2:00pm, last clinic of the season on August 25. No registration required. Call (802) 287-9158 for park information.
Lake Bomoseen State Park
22 Cedar Mountain Rd.
Castleton, VT 05743
Every Sunday at 3:00pm, last clinic of the season on August 26. No registration required. Call (802) 265-4242 for park information.