MOUNTAIN REST — To celebrate National Fishing Week, the U.S. Forest Service, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources and Trout Unlimited are inviting children ages 10 and under to the annual Kids’ Fishing Rodeo at Burrells Ford Campground on the Andrew Pickens Ranger District.
The rodeo will take place on June 7 from 9 a.m. until noon and is an event that agency employees and TU volunteers look forward to hosting every year.
“This is an amazing opportunity for kids to unplug and unwind in the Chattooga Wild and Scenic River Corridor,” said Andrew Pickens District Ranger Mike Crane. “It’s one of the highlights of our summer—watching the excitement on the children’s faces as they fish and play in the national forest.”
All children must be accompanied by an adult and need to bring their own equipment.
“Everyone needs to bring their equipment to the rodeo —rods, reels, tackle, stringers and bait,” said Crane. “We don’t want any sad faces on Saturday if people don’t bring the right gear.”
The fishing rodeo will take place rain or shine. To get to the site, travel north on S.C. 28 from Walhalla to the Hwy. 107 intersection. Then take Hwy. 107 approximately 10 miles. Take a left on Burrells Ford Road then turn left into the campground parking lot. The gate will open at 8 a.m. and will remain open until 12:30 p.m. to accommodate parking.