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Posted on: December 7, 2012

[ARCHIVED] Free Ice Fishing Clinic to be Held at McFarland Park on Dec. 28

Cure Cabin Fever Out On the Ice!

Want to avoid cabin fever this year during the holiday break? Bring your kids out to McFarland Park for some ice fishing fun! Story County Conservation will sponsor a free ice fishing event on Friday, December 28 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at McFarland Park (56461 180th Street), northeast of Ames.

This program will teach about basic safety and equipment, and techniques needed to catch a fish through ice. Participants will meet inside the conservation center for instructions and then venture out to McFarland Lake to fish. A limited amount of fishing equipment and bait will be provided.

Registration is required by 12 p.m. on Wednesday, December 26. There is no fee for this program. Youth age 15 and under must have an adult present. Youth groups planning to attend must have one adult for every five youth on site. All participants over the age of 16 must have a valid Iowa fishing license.

Participants should dress for the weather (waterproof boots preferred) and bring a camp stool or 5-gallon bucket to sit on; and are encouraged to bring something warm to drink and food to snack on.

This program will be cancelled if ice conditions are not safe. Please watch our website ( and Facebook page ( for updates.

For more information about this or other programs, or to register, contact Story County Conservation at 515-232-2516 (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday) or email

Story County Conservation manages more than 3,000 acres of parks and natural areas, including lakes, campgrounds, and trails. The Environmental Education staff serves Story County schools and the public with interpretive and informational programs for all ages. No individual will be excluded from events conducted by Story County Conservation because of a disability or impairment. To request accommodations to participate, contact Story County Conservation.

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Jerry Keys
Story County Conservation
Phone 515-232-2516
FAX 515-232-6989

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