Fish, skate, ski, sled at Crawford State Park, Jan. 25
From 9 a.m. to noon, a free ice-fishing clinic will be offered. Participants will start indoors and learn about ice-fishing gear and lures, ice-fishing electronics and ice-fishing techniques. Instruction will include an emphasis on how to catch perch and crappie. Then the class will move outside onto the ice for some hands-on experience. For those who don’t have their own ice-fishing equipment, the park will have gear available to use for the day.
All participants must have a Colorado fishing license. Licenses are available for sale at the park.
From noon-4 p.m. everyone else can join the fun. An ice rink will be ready on the lake, a sledding hill will be open and cross-country skiing trails will be set. Visitors should bring their own sled, skates and skis. Some skis will be be available to those who need them.
Park staff will also have a fire going to cook hot dogs and make s'mores. They’ll also be serving up hot chocolate. All food and refreshments are free.
All events are dependent on ice and snow conditions. Crawford State Park is located in Delta County in western Colorado, about 10 miles south of the town of Hotchkiss.
For more information, call the park at 970-921-5721. Entrance to the park is just $8 per vehicle. Annual passes, good for all 42 state parks, are available for $80.