Family Activities Being Offered During National Marina Days

CROFTON – This Saturday will mark National Marina Day festivities at Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area.

According to a release from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, the event will take place near Crofton on Saturday, June 18.

Activities will include a sand castle building tournament, yoga by the lake, hayrack rides, boat tours, kayaking, a fish fry and more.

Open Saturday at 9 a.m. with ‘Yoga by the Lake’. Bring your own yoga mat or a towel for this beach-based yoga session.

A sand castle building contest will last from 1 – 4 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place as divisions are ages seven and under; 8 to 12; 13 and up as well as family. Some tools will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring tools needed for their creations. Winners will be posted at the Weigand Marina. Check at the park office for sand castle rules.

Also in the afternoon will be a fishing clinic stationed at the Marina docks. Anglers will be on-site to help visitors catch fish. Learn about Nebraska’s second largest reservoir during a tour of the lake on a boat tour (lifejackets provided). Guests will be able to see critters found in and near Lewis and Clark Lake, introduction to archery (equipment provided) and a kayaking tutorial followed by using provided kayaks, paddles and lifejackets to float the lake.

Watch and learn at fish cleaning and Dutch oven demonstrations; learn about aquatic invasive species; get a courtesy boat safety lesson; meet and greet the Crofton Fire and Rescue Department; decorate the sidewalk with chalk; participate in kids’ outdoor games or watch the River City Area Wood Carvers.

Yankton Search and Rescue Dive Demonstrations will be showcased at 3 p.m. as participants can watch the team demonstrate their skills at the swim beach.

Enjoy a fish fry from 6 – 7 p.m. located at the Weigand Picnic Shelter. Cost is $12 for those 13 and older; $6 for those age 4-12 and free for age three and under. Hayrack rides will also be provided between 6 – 8 p.m. where guests can further explore the park.

Get a map of the park and the complete schedule of events at the park office. A vehicle park entry permit is required. Get one in advance at OutdoorNebraska.org.

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