Rainbow Lake will host free fishing for children 14 and younger this weekend as part of Kid’s Free Fishing Days.
Located about 23 miles east of Dayton on the Tucannon River, the lake will be stocked with legal and trophy-sized fish for the event, which runs from 8 a.m. to noon. Fishing instruction, games, snacks, prizes and environmental education activities will also be available.
The event is organized by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, which is partnering with the Asotin County Sportsmen’s Association, U.S. Forest Service, Tri-State Steelheaders and The Last Resort.
The Rainbow Lake event will also be celebrating completion of a two-year project to improve fish habitat at the lake, which is one of the most popular of a chain of lakes on the Tucannon River.
Saturday is also National Get Outdoors Day. In recognition of the day, the Forest Service is waiving fees at day-use recreation sites in Washington and Oregon on Saturday. Rainbow Lake is a state recreation site, however, and day-use fees may still apply.
In a release, Forest Service officials said the federal recreation fee waiver includes many picnic areas, boat launches, trailheads and visitor centers. Concession operations will continue to charge fees unless the permit holder wishes to participate. Fees for camping, cabin rentals, heritage expeditions or other permits still apply.