Tahoe National Forest invites community members of all ages to the annual Packer Lake Kids’ Fishing Day. This free event will take place on July 16, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 3901 Packer Lake Road, Sierra City, Calif. Attendees will learn more about fishing and other fun hands-on nature activities will be available for kids.

“Kids’ Fishing Day is an opportunity to teach children life skills and connect with nature in a fun and engaging way,” said Tahoe National Forest Fisheries Biologist Dan Teater. “In spite of the difficulties that drought conditions can cause, we are confident the fish will be biting. All who attend will find a new appreciation for the many ecosystems that surround us on the Tahoe National Forest.”

Packer Lake will be stocked with fish for the event courtesy of California Department of Fish and Wildlife and extra fishing poles will be available for children to borrow. Sierra County Fish and Wildlife Commission will be offering fun, educational arts and crafts.

Kids Fishing Day, Flo and Smokey

Anyone can fish at this event. Please note, fishing licenses are required for those over 16 years old. Attendees are encouraged to pack a picnic for the day. Food will also be available to purchase. Sunscreen and bug spray are also recommended.

Officials encourage social distancing. Masks and hand washing stations will be available. Please do not attend if you have tested positive for COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms. No dogs or boats are allowed at the event location.