Family Fishing Day

Gray's Creek Conservation Area

Friday, July 7, 2023 (10 am - 2 pm)


The Raisin Region Conservation Authority’s (RRCA) Family Fishing Day returns to Gray’s Creek Conservation Area on Friday, July 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The free event lets young anglers and their families try their hand at catching fish while also enjoying a barbecue and a chance to win several prizes through a friendly fishing competition. A fishing licence is not required, as the event takes place during Ontario’s licence-free fishing week.

“This popular RRCA community event is a fun way for families to learn about our region’s native fish species, practice proper fishing techniques, and spend quality time in nature,” says Claudia Munafo, RRCA’s Administrative and Outreach Assistant. 

Over a hundred anglers of all skill levels typically join the event. While all ages are welcome, anglers 16 and under will have a chance to win prizes awarded for several categories, including biggest fish, smallest fish, and most invasive species caught. RRCA staff will be on hand to help measure, weigh, and identify the day’s catches. Participants are strongly encouraged to observe proper fishing and water safety practices. For those without fishing equipment, the RRCA will be lending out rods, hooks, bobbers, and bait, while supplies last. 

“RRCA’s participation in the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters’ TackleShare fishing equipment loaning program, coupled with the province’s licence-free fishing week, is a great way to introduce families to this popular sport,” says Munafo. “We’re also grateful to Ontario Power Generation, Cardinal & Son Wholesale Meat, and Canadian Tire for supporting this event. This year, we will again be joined by staff from the River Institute who will share their expertise on local fish species with participants through interactive displays and activities.”

Gray’s Creek Conservation Area is located at 18045 County Road 2, just east of Cornwall. Its shoreline fishing access, marina, boat launch, nature trails and picnic area make it a popular spot for local families to gather and enjoy the outdoors. In 2022, Gray’s Creek welcomed nearly 110,000 visitors. The RRCA reminds visitors that the bike path and nature trails at Gray’s Creek are temporarily closed for maintenance. All other amenities remain open.

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