Family Fishing Fiesta coming to Chatham County on April 7

The NCWRC is hosting a Family Fishing Fiesta in Chatham County on April 7, 2019.

Event will be held at White Oak Recreation Area

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and Jordan Lake State Recreation Area are hosting a free family event on Sunday, April 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the White Oak Recreation Area, located on White Oak Beach Road in Chatham County.

The Family Fishing Fiesta will feature more than twenty hands-on activities where participants can fish for free (free loaner fishing rods and bait are available), try paddling a canoe provided by N.C. State Parks, learn about lures, knots and casting with the NCSU Student Fisheries Society and more. Conservation and law enforcement professionals will be on-site to answer questions and talk about careers in natural resources. Two on-site food trucks, Chewy’s Smokin’ BBQ and El Molcajete, will have lunch items and snacks available for purchase.

Fiesta will have other wildlife exhibits, raffles, and prizes

The event features plenty of fun options for children, including bounce houses and wildlife exhibits featuring different species of fish, birds of prey and reptiles. Youth age 11 and younger who participate in the Fiesta Quest scavenger hunt will be entered into a drawing for prizes such as fishing poles and life jackets.

During the event’s hourly raffles, attendees can win an outdoor package courtesy of Academy Sports, a lifetime freshwater fishing license, two family passes to N.C. State Parks, a one-year subscription to Wildlife in North Carolina magazine and more.

“Last year’s event brought a fantastic turnout of diverse families, including many first-time anglers,” said C.C. King, an educator with the Commission. “This year’s event brings even more to see, learn and do at our education and recreation stations. It’s going to be a great event for the family, light rain or shine.”    

The White Oak Recreation Area is located in Apex off U.S. 64, diagonally across from the Jordan Lake Visitor Center. For more information on the Family Fishing Fiesta, visit The event is co-sponsored by the N.C. Chapter of the American Fisheries Society and North Carolina State Parks/Friends of State Parks.