Richard B. Russell Lake holds 33rd Annual Kid’s Fishing Derby

USACE, Savannah District
Published March 27, 2023

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Richard B. Russell Project Office, is hosting the 33rd Annual Kid’s Fishing Derby on Saturday, April 29, 2023, at freshly stocked Calhoun Falls Bank Fishing area, located on Hwy. 72 in Calhoun Falls, SC.

Youth, ages 5-15, may participate, if registered. Check-in is from 7-8 a.m. and fishing hours are from 8-11 a.m. A water safety program will follow along with prizes and a free lunch.  Lunch is provided to all registered participants by the Lake Russell Recreation and Tourism Coalition and consists of a sandwich, chips, drink, and dessert. Attendees 16 or older may purchase a lunch for $5 per person (subject to availability).

Space is limited, so registration is required to reserve your spot and lunch. To register please call the Russell Lake Project Office at 706-213-3400 or 1-800-944-7207.

Parents and guardians can fish outside the net during the fishing derby with a Georgia or South Carolina fishing license. Youth 15 and younger do not need a fishing license. Restrooms and drinking water will be available for everyone. Attendees should plan to bring their own chair, fishing gear, and sunscreen. Life jackets are highly recommended for children and weak swimmers who will be near the water. 

For additional information, or to learn how to donate, please call Park Ranger Annette Dotson toll free at 1-800-944-7207 or 706-213-3406.


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Cheri Pritchard, Senior Public Affairs Specialist
912-677-6039 (cell)

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