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Wednesday, 28 June, 2017



The Library just received fishing equipment to be loaned, thanks to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' Gateway to the Outdoors program.

Available for loan:

  • 6 adult, 2 youth, and 2 child PFDs
  • 8 Rod and reel combos (6 ft)
  • 6 Kids' short fishing rods with reels.
  • Small tackle boxes with a few items will be handed out with each rod.

Who can use the equipment?

  • Kids who want to try fishing.
  • Families who want to try fishing without making an investment in equipment.
  • Out of town visitors who want to try fishing in the area.
  • Residents who have visitors from out of town and don't have quite enough equipment to take everyone out fishing.

How long can it be checked out?

  • Equipment will be on loan for a maximum of 3 days and must be returned during hours the Library is open.

Where can I use the equipment?

  • It can be used on the river near the Library, on any of the fishing piers in town, or taken to a nearby lake or river.

What is Required?

  • We will ask for name, address and phone number. A library card is not required.
  • The borrower is responsible for obtaining a fishing license, if needed.

Thanks to Chris Kavanaugh, Fisheries Supervisor at the Grand Rapids DNR office, Randy McCarty, The Grand Rapids Evening Rotary Club, L & M Fleet Supply, Glen's Army Navy and God's Country Outfitters.