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Conservancy On Ice: Let’s Go Ice Fishing! (Willow River State Park)

January 15 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm


It’s Free Fishing Weekend in WI and MN!

Join the Wild Rivers Conservancy at Willow River State Park along with partner Naturalist Ash Goldbeck from the Friends of Willow River, Kinnickinnic River State Park, the National Park Service for a day of ice fishing lessons and practice. No fishing licenses are required this weekend!

With support from the National Park Foundation’s Junior Angler grant program, we’ll have all the necessities to help you or your child to catch their first fish, for free! You will learn ice fishing basics like how to use the equipment, fish species identification, fishing rules and regulations, and conservation connections between clean water and fish populations. All you need to bring is an excitement to learn and your own winter weather gear to stay warm out on the ice.

Items to note: State Park passes are required, daily vehicle admission is $8-$11. Annual passes available.

Bathrooms: Outhouses available near the Nature Center.

Cost: FREE

Recommended items to bring/ wear:

  • Long pants and layers (base layer, mid-layer, snow pants)
  • Upper body layers like a long-sleeved shirt and jacket (moisture-wicking fabric is always a plus)
  • Shoes or boots with traction
  • Hat or beanie
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Camp chair to sit in
  • Adequate water



For the safety of participants and staff, this program may be canceled due to inclement weather or a temperature of 0 degrees or below. Participants will be notified via email and event pages will be updated if the program is canceled.


January 15
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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Wild Rivers Conservancy
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Willow River State Park Nature Center
1034 Co Hwy A
Hudson, WI 54016
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