June events

A fishing derby, night hike and day camps are set at Logoly State Park near McNeil.

Logoly State Park near McNeil has announced plans for a fishing derby, new moon hike and Discovery Day Camps during June.

The annual Children’s Fishing Derby will be 7:30 a.m.-noon on Saturday, June 4. The derby is open to children ages 5 to 15. Small children will be allowed to have an adult cast for them and/or bait their hooks. The fish must be landed by the child. Bring your own bait and equipment.

Prizes will be awarded in three age divisions for the biggest, the smallest, and the most fish caught. The derby is free but registration is required and is under way.

Participants should meet at the Day Use Area. Admission is free.

The Dark of the New Moon Hike will also be Saturday, June 4, from 8-9 p.m.

Have you wondered what Logoly State Park's boardwalk would be like after dark? Join a park interpreter on a guided trail hike in the dark of the new moon to look for the shining eyes of nocturnal wildlife and listen for the calls of both predators and prey that use the darkness to their advantage. Be sure to bring insect repellent and a flashlight. Meet at the Park Office. Admission is free.

Discovery Day Camps will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 6-9, June 20-23, and June 27-30.

Children ages 7-12 will participate in four days designed to introduce them to the wonders of the natural world. Campers will learn the basics of conservation and ecology by exploring the park's varied habitat of forests, streams, and pond. The park provides all the educational materials used in their explorations. They will hike, explore the park, and participate in a variety of crafts and hands-on activities.

Each day includes a morning hike, hands-on nature studies, and a craft in the afternoon. A gift bag ($20 value) is included in the price of the camp. There is a $10 non-refundable deposit for the camp. Preregistration is required. Meeting place is the Park Office. The camp is $65 per camper.

Logoly State park is located six miles north of Magnolia off U.S. 79 on Columbia County Road 47. Follow the park signs. For more information contact the park at 870-695-3561.

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