Crawford Ice Fishing

A past participant showcases an ice fishing catch.

On Jan. 25, Crawford State Park will offer a number of winter activities, including an ice fishing clinic, ice skating, sledding and cross-country skiing. This will be the fourth year of the annual event.

The day will begin at 9 a.m. with a free ice fishing clinic, where participants will learn the basics of ice fishing gear, electronics and technique. The class will then move outside and onto the ice to gain hands-on experience. A Colorado fishing license is required for participation, with licenses available for purchase at the park. Crawford State Park will also provide equipment for use during the clinic for those without their own.

Scott Rist, senior ranger at Crawford State Park said the clinic allows new guests to visit the park and provide knowledge and experience to those new to the sport of ice fishing.

“Bringing new users to the park and teaching them how to ice fish will develop those new users for the park, and bring them to the sport and show how enjoyable it is,” Rist said.

From noon to 4 p.m., other winter activities will commence following the ice fishing clinic. Participants will have access to an ice rink on the lake, as well as cross-country skiing trails and a sledding hill. Although some skis will be available, guests are encouraged to bring their own gear to the afternoon events. Park staff will also have free refreshments available.

In the past, Rist said the event has brought people from as far as Denver. He hopes the event will continue to introduce people to the area and contribute to the local economy.

“The event’s designed to bring outside people to the park that have never been here,” Rist said.

The event, as well as entrance to Crawford State Park on Jan. 25 will be free, and all events are dependent on weather conditions. For more information, participants can reach the park at 970-921-5721.

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