I Can Fish!

Two children proudly hold up a fish they caught

Experience the fun of casting into the water and the excitement of a tug on the line! These hands-on programs teach all of the basics, from fish identification to casting. You and your family will be ready to begin a lifetime of memories on Minnesota’s lakes and streams.


  • Hands-on instruction from skilled anglers.
  • Designed especially for first-time anglers.
  • All equipment is provided.
  • No experience necessary.

Program details

  • Programs last approximately two hours.
  • Ages five and older. Participants under age 18 must be accompanied by a registered participant, parent or legal guardian.
  • $7 for adults, children under 12 are free (with a registered adult).  
  • Advance registration is required.
  • A vehicle permit is required to enter all Minnesota state parks. ($7/day or $35/year). One-day vehicle permits ($7 value) are included with all I Can! programs where a permit is required. 
  • Fishing licenses not required for this program.

2023 schedule

Ready to sign up? Reserve now!

Date Time Location
Saturday, June 310 a.m.Father Hennepin State Park
Sunday, June 111 p.m.Whitewater State Park
Saturday, June 1710 a.m.McCarthy Beach State Park
Tuesday, June 279 a.m.Bear Head Lake State Park
Tuesday, June 271 p.m.Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park
Friday, June 304 p.m.Fort Snelling State Park
Saturday, July 89 a.m.Glacial Lakes State Park
Sunday, July 91 p.m.Whitewater State Park
Saturday, July 1510 a.m.Father Hennepin State Park
Saturday, July 159 a.m.Glendalough State Park
Saturday, July 1511 a.m.Scenic State Park
Tuesday, July 181 p.m.Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park
Tuesday, July 251 p.m.Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park
Friday, July 284 p.m.Fort Snelling State Park
Tuesday, August 11 p.m.Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park
Saturday, August 59 a.m.Lake Carlos State Park
Sunday, August 131 p.m.Whitewater State Park
Friday, August 184 p.m.Fort Snelling State Park
Saturday, August 1910 a.m.Father Hennepin State Park
Saturday, August 1911 a.m.Scenic State Park


Preregistration is required for all I Can Fish! programs.

Early registration is recommended, as these programs tend to fill up fast. Online reservations can be made 24 hours a day sign up online now! Or, if you prefer to sign up by phone, please contact the DNR Information Center.



All programs are subject to cancellation due to inclement weather or hazardous conditions. Cancellations for I Can Fish! programs can be made up to one week prior to the program.


Still have questions? Please contact the DNR Information Center. You can also get more information by emailing [email protected] .


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