Free outdoor events in Kansas this weekend include fishing and floating

Anglers fish over deep, quiet water at Kanopolis Reservoir.
Anglers fish over deep, quiet water at Kanopolis Reservoir. File photo

A family fishing clinic, float trip and crappie catching contest are free outdoor events going on this weekend.

Saturday, the Ralph Cramm Memorial Family Fishing Day will be at the School Road Pond in Rose Hill. The event is hosted by the Cramm family, the Kansas Wildlife Federation and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The pond is east of School Street and Rose Hill Road.

Cramm was a longtime host of an outdoors radio show who died last year.

Equipment will be furnished, or anglers can bring their own. Instructions and assistance will be provided for beginners by experienced angling instructors.

Preregistration with names and contact information may be sent to For more information, call 316-214-3001.


Officials in Harvey County are asking the public to help reduce the crappie population at Harvey County West Lake, 15835 NW 24th St., Burrton, with a Crappiethon running Friday evening through Sunday afternoon. The lake north of Burrton has too many white and black crappie. Many need to be taken from the lake so the average size can increase.

Two-person teams, with one being at least 18 years old, need to register to win prizes for teams that catch, and keep, the most fish. Registration at the lake will be 4 to 8 p.m. Friday. Fishing can begin immediately after registration. The contest goes through 2 p.m. Sunday.

To preregister, or for more information, e-mail or call your names to or 316-283-5420.

Toronto Reservoir float trip

The Arkansas River Association is hosting a float trip on the Verdigris River near Toronto Reservoir on Saturday. A 9 a.m. launch is planned at the public boat ramp south of the U.S. 54 bridge. Take-out is expected to be mid-afternoon, after paddling mostly flat water.

Some members will be camping at Cross Timbers State Park near Toronto. Loaner kayaks and other equipment is available, with proper notice.

For more information, call 316-253-7438 or e-mail

Reach Michael Pearce at 316-268-6382 or