Reclamation to host C.A.S.T. for Kids event at New Melones Lake on Sept. 8

Media Contact: Erin Curtis, 916-978-5100, eccurtis@usbr.gov

For Release: August 20, 2018

SONORA, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation will host a C.A.S.T. for Kids event at the New Melones Lake Tuttletown Recreation Area from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 8. C.A.S.T. for Kids events “team up” sponsors and anglers with special needs children for a day of fishing and fun.

Reclamation began holding children’s fishing events in 1992, and in 2003 these events were combined with the C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation to offer increased outdoor recreational opportunities for disabled and disadvantaged children. At this year’s event, each child will receive a free fishing rod and reel, bait and tackle equipment, and instruction on fishing technique. Environmental exhibits, displays, and activities will also be offered. The morning will end with a free barbecue lunch.

For additional information on this event, to register a child, to participate as a volunteer, or to contribute support, please contact New Melones Park Ranger Joshua Pelham at jpelham@usbr.gov or 209-536-9094, ext. 236. Pre-registration is encouraged, but registration will also be available at the event. Disabled and disadvantaged children, from ages 5 to 16 years of age, may participate in this fun and educational activity free of charge.

For information on the C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation, please visit http://www.castforkids.org.

For information on New Melones Lake, please call 209-536-9094, ext. 0 (TTY 800-877-8339), visit the New Melones website at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/, or stop by the New Melones Lake Administration Office, 6850 Studhorse Flat Road, Sonora, CA 95370, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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