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Outdoors Notebook: Crystal Lake to be site of an Outdoor Expo

by Ed Godfrey Published: June 1, 2014

The Family Outdoor Expo will be held at Crystal Lake, located near SW 15 and MacArthur, next Saturday and Sunday (June 7-8).

Activities will include kayaking, archery, fishing, bird watching, camping seminars and more. The Hal Smith Restaurant Group will be selling food during the event.

Price is $10 per vehicle. Money raised will be used for lake maintenance and summer camps for inner city children.

“That’s the beauty of Crystal Lake,” said Larry Bross, executive director of City Care, the nonprofit organization that manages the lake. “It’s 15 minutes from the inner city.”

Expo hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and noon until 5 p.m. on Sunday. Any group wanting to participate in the Expo should call Greg Webb at 657-7947.


Oklahoma City’s free summer fishing classes for kids starts on Saturday.

Sponsored by the Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department, anglers ages 5 to 15 may participate in the classes, which will be held on Saturday mornings in June, July and August at various Oklahoma City lakes and ponds.

The first class will be at the South Lakes Fishing Pond, SW 119 and Meridian, on Saturday, June 7. South Lakes will be the site of another class on July 12.

Other locations and dates of classes are Metro Tech Springlake, NE 36th and Springlake Drive, on June 14 and July 19; Edwards Park Lake, 1515 N Bryant, on June 21, July 26 and Aug. 23; Dolese Youth Park Pond, NW 50th and Meridian, on Aug. 9; Crystal Lake, 6625 SW 15th St., on Aug. 16.

Classes will be held from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Participants learn everything from knot tying and casting to fish identification, angler ethics and fishing regulations.

Oklahoma City fisheries biologist Bob Martin and volunteer instructors from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s Aquatic Resources Education Program will teach the classes.

Fishing poles, tackle and bait are provided during each class. State fishing licenses and city fishing permits are not required during class time.

The summer classes are by reservation only and children must be accompanied by an adult. To enroll, call the H.B. Parsons Fish Hatchery at 755-4014.

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by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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