Trail Mix: Sycamore Island hosts fishing derby Saturday

The Fresno BeeApril 10, 2013 

Sycamore Island Park is celebrating the restoration of the San Joaquin River with a bass and trout fishing derby on Saturday.

More than 3,500 pounds of rainbow trout, including a few trophies, will be planted for the event, which runs 8 a.m.-noon. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m.

There is no charge for the derby, but participants must pay normal day use fees ($9 per vehicle, plus $5 for a trailered boat). The grand prize is a lifetime California fishing license.

Sycamore Island Ranch sits on 350 acres in Madera County. From Fresno, take Highway 41 north, exit on Children's Boulevard, turn left onto Road 40, which turns into Ave 71/2. The entrance is on the left.


Last hike at McKenzie

The final McKenzie Preserve open house of the season is set for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

Hike the lower Discovery Trail or head up to the table tops for some spectacular vistas. No reservations required. Visitors will be charged $1 for parking.

From the gas station at Auberry and Millerton roads, take Auberry Road 3.3 miles east (toward Prather) and look for the entrance sign on your left.


Mother & Son Campout

Visalia Parks & Recreation’s annual Mother & Son Campout is Saturday at Sunset Park, running from 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. Sunday.

Boys aged 4-12 and moms, guardians, big sisters (18+), grandmas are invited. Cost is $25 per couple, with dinner and breakfast included. Details: (559) 713-4395.

National Park Week

National Park Week this spring launches on Earth Day, April 20, and runs through April 28.

Entrance fees will be waived at all national parks, including Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon during the week. Camping fees and all fees will still be applicable.

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