Spring at Family Camp

April is when we get into high gear up at camp. We open the tents, sweep the floors, paint the walks and start repairs. We have had 2 work weekends so far getting ready for Fish Camp and opening day of fishing season 2016.

Winter in the city is hard on us campers and nothing feels like hitting the open road up to camp!Road to camp

We had to get up there early to help our head man, Ralph O, get that famous sauce of his started and enjoy time together. We cook well under ALL conditions.Sauce perfect Ray n steve kitchen

Kids cooking Kitchen

Kitchen work   Nachos    Ralph kitchenDiana cooking Tom mushrooms

We had a long weekend of work and fishing to look forward to, but nothing beats seeing old friends, hanging out with new friends, sharing good food, and laughter.

You’ve seen a few of the photos of that great weekend we put up quickly, but there was a LOT going on! Spring means all hands on deck for us- 3 generations at once!This is Ray’s darling brood who came up to help us with a wonderful weekend.

3 generations


The sun comes up EARLY when fishing season opens and everyone was out on our river to get started on the derby!

early sun  Waiting for fish hatchery sunlight River Our swimmming hole  fishing deep

The big event was our 10:30 PLANT from the Moccasin Creek Fish Hatchery. Our President, Tom Bonsack, has worked hard for years to make this event happen.Justin and Tom

The hatchery Manager, Justin Kroeze, brings up the truck and does a planting for the kids to learn all about good fish husbandry and wetlands management.Justin portrait

Everyone gathers around to learn about the  fish breeding process- and see the big ones!Toms family group watching camp 1 watching the fish Ray and grandchild waiting for fish

Digging into the tankThe first fish

Heroic fishingBig fish in a netFirst releaseAlmost lost oneBig mouth rainbow troutHuge fish we planted

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