A Guide to Family Ice Fishing Fun – No Equipment Necessary

Ice Fishing

What better defines Minnesota in January and February than ice? After all, we are the Land of 10,000 [Frozen] Lakes! Make this the coolest winter yet, by taking your kids on a family ice fishing adventure during the winter months at one of these kid-friendly events. Rather curl up with a good book? We have some ideas for seasonally appropriate family reading, too.

Note: These events that rely on the cooperation of frozen lakes and are weather dependent.

December 2021 Family Ice Fishing Events

Take an ice fishing trip during Christmas vacation without even leaving the Twin Cities:

Ice Fishing with Family and Friends

Time/Date: Thurs December 30, 2021 • 10am-1pm
Location: Silverwood Park, 2500 County Rd E St. Anthony, MN 554211
Details: Participants will be provided with a sled, shelter, auger, lures, tackle and instruction. We like Silverwood because you can warm up by the fireplace in the coffee shop when you get too cold. Purchase hot cocoa and snacks. You will also find bathrooms in the coffee shop. • $40/Family (2-6 people)(Registration Required)

January 2022 Family Ice Fishing Events

Spend a beautiful day of Minnesota ice fishing without the commitment. You don’t need to take an ice fishing vacation in Northern Minnesota;  there is no need to buy or rent an ice fishing house; ice fishing equipment is provided and no experience is necessary at these events:

2. Alice All By Herself by Elizabeth Coatsworth

Recommended by Ruhama, one of our favorite librarians.  She tells us that in this children’s novel, “Alice leads a rich life, and can inspire you and your family to do the same.” One of Ruhama’s suggested projects to go with the book is to try ice fishing together. Read more about it here.

Children's Library Corner: Alice-all-by-herself
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3. Ice Fishing by Laura Purdie Salas

Another local author who has written about Ice Fishing is Laura Purdie Salas. This is a non-fiction book that could fill out your ice fishing collection, nicely. Read more about the author here.

Taft Lake Park allows portable fishing shelters in the winter.

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