Here's how the program works:
- 12 state parks provide fishing equipment to visitors on a loaner basis. Included in the equipment will be rods, reels, fishing line and an assortment of lures or baits that can be signed out by park visitors in order to help provide instant access to the sport of fishing.
- A guide will also be available that includes information about the waterbody, a lake or river map, a list of fish species present, fishing tips, and techniques applicable to each waterway, as well as information about obtaining a Vermont fishing license.
- Additionally, parks sometimes host "Let's Go Fishing" clinics with trained instructors.
Parks participating in 2016:
Branbury State Parkon Lake Dunmore
Brighton State Park on Spectacle Pond
Burton Island State Park on Lake Champlain
Button Bay State Park on Lake Champlain
Grand Isle State Park on LakeChamplain
Half Moon State Park on Half Moon Pond
Lake Carmi State Park on Lake Carmi
Lake St. Catherine State Park on Lake St. Catherine
Silver Lake State Park on Silver Lake
Stillwater State Park on Lake Groton
Wilgus State Park on the Connecticut River
Woodford State Park on Adams Reservoir
FUN FACT: 46 of 52 Vermont State Parks have fishing opportunities directly on site or within a short walk.
Boats and kayaks are also available to rent at most parks.
For mor information about fish stocking and species in the parks, visit the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department page.
Vermont State Parks and the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department are teaming up for the Reel Fun program's second season.