18th Annual Family Fishing Day
July 13, 9:00am - June 13, 12:00pm
Family Fishing Day is Doan Brook Watershed Partnership’s largest, annual watershed festival – last year it attracted around 700 participants including roughly 400 children. The festival is an opportunity for the urban neighborhoods in Cleveland that adjoin the Doan Brook to come together and celebrate the brook, the local watershed community, and the abundant recreational opportunities provided by our region’s parks and green spaces.
One of our goals with this event has always been ensuring that it is accessible to everyone and therefore all of the event activities are offered free of charge. Each child who registers receives a t-shirt, fully assembled fishing rod and bait, and instructions on baiting and casting a line by Cleveland Metroparks staff. They are then free to fish in the lagoon for farm-raised fish and are allowed to keep anything they catch.
We also offer a free lunch to all event participants, live music, and displays/exhibits by partner organizations including the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, Famicos, NEORSD, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and Cleveland Water Pollution Control. For many of our attendees, Family Fishing Day is an event they look forward to all year and return to year after year, but we also always see plenty of new faces who may be trying fishing for the very first time.
Every single line that is cast during Family Fishing Day carries with it the possibility of creating a permanent bond between an individual and our local waterways. We ultimately hope that this event, more than merely being a fun-filled day full of educational opportunities and good memories, is the foundation for a life-long appreciation of our local green spaces and watershed.