Enjoy the outdoors

By: 
Chuck Kajer, The New Prague Times

School is out, the weather is warm and the kids have “nothing to do.”

It’s an age-old dilemma facing parents each year. How to get kids (and even parents) out of the house and away from their devices.

Minnesota hosts a wealth of opportunities for people to enjoy the great outdoors, and it only requires a little effort.

Let's start with this weekend. If you think you might enjoy fishing, but don’t want to put down the cash to justify buying a fishing license, now is the time. It’s “Take A Kid Fishing Weekend” in Minnesota. Those 16 or older who take a child 15 or younger fishing don’t need a license Friday through Sunday, June 8-10. There are plenty of lakes within a short drive of New Prague, and Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park has a fishing pier, so you don’t even need a boat.

Speaking of Cedar Lake, the park has plenty of other amenities to enjoy a summer day. There is a swimming beach, canoe and paddle board rentals and a large picnic grounds.

Three Rivers Parks has other locations, both in Scott County and around the west Metro. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources also operates parks throughout the state, the closest being Sakatah Lake State Park in Waterville, Nerstrand Big Woods State Park in Rice County and the Minnesota Valley State Recreation Area near Jordan. While these parks require a vehicle pass (available on a daily or seasonal basis) it is money well spent and can provide hours of fun and relaxation.

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