Ice fishing and dog sledding


C’mon, you know you’ve always just what was going on inside those li’l shacks dotting Maine’s lakes. Sunday, Jan. 17, you can find out at Lake St. George State Park, in Liberty (on Route 3, between Augusta and Belfast).

The Youth Ice Fishing Derby & Dog Sled Rides takes place from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. For the ice fishing portion, all equipment, including bait, is provided, and instruction will be available. Heck, this is so easy–they’re even cutting the hole in the ice for you.

Maine residents younger than 16 or nonresidents younger than 12 do not need a license to participate. Others can purchase their license online.

Yes, there is a fishing derby, and that means prizes, donated by Liberty Sports, Liberty Trading Post, Mt. Valley Sports, Peavey’s General Store, and Wiley’s Sport Center.

Now about that dog sledding. Song in the Woods guide service will be offering rides at the park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a suggested donation of $2 per person (that really is a song!).

Go ahead, make a day of it. Lunch is being provided by Belfast Hannaford; coffee by Wicked Joe; water by Poland Spring. There will be porta potties and a warming hut.

Ahhh, the fine print: Park admission: $1.50 for adults 12-64; kids and seniors free. Still, such a deal for a day of family fun.