C.A.S.T. for Kids Event at the Burley Golf Course Boat Docks, Saturday, July 15

Media Contact: Annette Ross, (208) 378-5322, aross@usbr.gov

For Release: July 10, 2017

RUPERT, Idaho – The Bureau of Reclamation’s Upper Snake Field Office will hold its annual C.A.S.T. for Kids fishing event Saturday, July 15, from 9:30 am to 1 pm. The event will be held at the Burley Golf Course Boat Docks, located off Interstate 84, exit 211 toward Burley.

The C.A.S.T. “Catch a Special Thrill” program provides one-day fishing and boating events designed to accommodate children with a wide range of special needs.

“This is a fantastic summer activity for children who have special needs and for their families to have fun on the river and onshore,” said Brian Stevens, event coordinator for the Bureau of Reclamation’s Upper Snake Field Office. “We’re excited to be at the Burley Golf Course Boat Docks again this year. We are looking for more boaters and volunteers to assist with the event.”

The children range in age from 6 to 17 years old and have a variety of physical or developmental disabilities. Each participant will receive fishing gear, a tee shirt, and a hat. Local volunteers will provide fishing boats and offer assistance to novice anglers.

The morning fishing event will be followed by a barbecue lunch hosted by the Rupert Elks Club 2106.

Partners are C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation, Bureau of Reclamation, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Rupert Elks Club 2106, and the City of Burley Parks Division. Volunteers from the Cassia County Sheriff Department and Emergency Response Ambulance will assist by providing emergency services, if needed, for the event.

For more information about the July 15 event or volunteering at the event, contact Brian Stevens, Upper Snake Field Office, at (208) 678-0461, ext. 46. For background information about the C.A.S.T. for Kids events region wide, contact Annette Ross, Regional Coordinator, at (208) 378-5322 or visit http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/. In case of rain, the event will be canceled.

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