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Kids catch rays, fish at Smithgall Woods in Helen
Park plans child-friendly activities every third Saturday through September
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Dropping a line in a lake is a popular pastime for many men, women and children in Northeast Georgia thanks to the proximity of Lake Lanier. But not everyone knows about the rite of passage.

Smithgall Woods in Helen makes a special plan for such an activity every third Saturday through September. All children and their special “big person” may fish in a lake stocked with catfish, bass and bream on Saturday, July 18. Fish caught can be kept up to the limit.

Participants must bring their own bait and rod. A $5 parking fee is required, without an annual pass.

If fishing is not for you but camping is, you may wonder what to do if you encountered a bear? Well, now you can learn.

Tom Hennigan, associate professor of biology at Truett-McConnell College, will present a program about bear behavior, habitat and more Friday, July 31. The presentation will be in the Discovery Room in the visitor center at Smithgall Woods in Helen.

The fee is $8 fee if pre-registered or $10 at the door, which includes the $5 parking fee.

All ages are welcome.

For more information on either event, call the visitor center 706-878-3087.