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Fishing for Trash

Event information

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2024

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Fee: Free!

Age: All ages.

Contact: 815-722-4121

Location: Hidden Lakes Trout Farm at Hidden Oaks Preserve


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An old Gatorade bottle floating in the water. Photo by Anthony Schalk

Event details

This ongoing event will be held Saturdays and Sundays from April 6 to April 28. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

To celebrate Earth Month, do a little bit to help your mother (Earth)! Staff at The Tackle Box bait shop at Hidden Lakes Trout Farm will provide a bucket and picker to help you do your part. Pick up litter around the forest preserve, contribute to a cleaner environment and earn a gift! We will have ice cream and other sweet treats on hand for your choosing. Maybe free bait is more your speed, or a limited giveaway?

Everyone who fishes for trash or old fishing line to keep our grounds clean and green will receive a gift. Remember a clean Hidden Lakes is a happy Hidden Lakes!

Event requirements

No registration required.

Hidden Lakes Trout Farm has paved accessible trails leaving from the parking lot. The shoreline fishing area is on natural surfaces over uneven terrain. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service to participate in this program should submit a request online no later than 48 hours before the program.