I Can Fish!

two young girls holding up the 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.

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  • Hands-on instruction from skilled anglers.
  • Designed especially for first-time anglers.
  • All equipment is provided.
  • Each participant will receive a small tackle box to take home with them.
  • 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.

2022 schedule

Ready to sign up? Reserve now!

Date Time Location
Sunday, June 121-3 p.m.Whitewater State Park
Saturday, June 1810 a.m. - noonSibley State Park
Saturday, June 186-8 p.m.McCarthy Beach State Park
Friday, June 244-6 p.m.Fort Snelling State Park
Wednesday, June 2910 a.m. - noonItasca State Park
Sunday, July 101-3 p.m.Whitewater State Park
Friday, July 154-6 p.m.Fort Snelling State Park
Saturday, July 1610 a.m. - noonMcCarthy Beach State Park
Saturday, July 1610 a.m. - noonSibley State Park
Wednesday, July 2010 a.m. - noonItasca State Park
Wednesday, August 1010 a.m. - noonItasca State Park
Saturday, August 13 - CANCELED10 a.m. - noonMcCarthy Beach State Park
Saturday, August 1310 a.m. - noonSibley State Park
Sunday, August 141-3 p.m.Whitewater State Park
Friday, August 194-6 p.m.Fort Snelling 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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This program is made possible by funds from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.