The Lake Roosevelt Walleye Club will once again support a multifaceted project spearheaded by Club President Jim Meskan . Operation Lifejacket was started immediately after Jim had learned about the drowning death of Laura Enquist, whose canoe had capsized on the Kettle River in May of 2011. The purpose of the project is to increase awareness of lifejacket use and safety and to provide recreationists on our lakes a courtesy lifejacket for the day. The Lake Roosevelt Walleye Club has set up a 10.00 Life Jacket Voucher at Clark's All Sports for another 50 lifejackets this summer. Vouchers are available for teens to toddlers and Clark's All Sports employees are available to help find a life jacket for proper fit. The Kettle Falls Chamber of Commerce, next to Happy Dell Park, has been set up as a Life Jacket drop off location, where gently used and new lifejackets can be donated.
The lifejackets donated have supplied the Lake Roosevelt Walleye Club's courtesy lifejacket station at the Kettle Falls Marina and the Three Rivers Ranger District campground hosts at Pierre Lake, Big Meadow Lake, Swan Lake, and Lake Gillette. Carmen Nielson, District Recreation Planner for the Forest Service has been very supportive of Operation Lifejacket and has set up these lakes with signs and lifejacket stations at the boat launches. There has been positive feedback from recreationists and campers regarding the courtesy lifejacket program and campground hosts share the praise from the public served. Monetary donations from the Spokane Walleye Club helped to fund the purchase of new lifejackets which allowed Curlew State Park to be included in the Operation Lifejacket program last summer. Ric Sanders, State Park Ranger at Curlew State Park, welcomed the opportunity to provide boaters at the park a courtesy lifejacket station.
An often ignored sign at Lake Roosevelt boat launches and those on the Kettle River explains the simple truth:
Jim concurs that wearing a lifejacket is the cheapest insurance against accidental drowning. Bill Kubinski, Pierre Lake campground host, stated that when people drive up to the boat launch and see the courtesy lifejacket station the boaters are reminded of wearing their lifejackets. "The visual cue has boaters thinking of safety first, before the boat is even in the water", Kubinski added. On that note, no one can argue with the projects' Success! The Lake Roosevelt Walleye Club would like to Thank everyone that has supported this project and wishes everyone a safe boating season.
On June 7, 2014 the Lake Roosevelt Walleye Club won 'First Place in Show' for the promotion of the Walleye Club trailer and sponsor trailer banner at the Town and Country Days Parade. Following us in the parade was the Governor's Cup Walleye Tournament Sponsors Clark's Marine and Powersports pulling a HewesCraft boat. Ike and Bill tossed 55 pounds of candies to the kids along the parade route.
On Saturday June 7th, 2014 the LRWC sponsored the Casting Contest as part of the Kids Fishing Derby sponsored by the 4H and US Forest Service. Its a fun filled day for the kids and activities are planned around the outdoors. Geo caching, fishing off the dock, fish painting, fish biology, casting contest, roasting marshmellows and hotdogs are activities geared for the kids. The program directors really appreciate our help in conducting the casting contest. For many of the kids, this is the first time they ever casted with a fishing rod and got proper instruction. They are eager to learn though and excited when they accomplish the task. Roughly 25 kids participated in our casting contest this year. I see many familiar faces as kids come back every year and get better at casting with age. With the help of HewesCraft and Clarks Allsports, we were able to provide additional prizes to kids that casted the longest distances in 4 age groups. Thank You Dave Hewes for your help and taking on the prize purchasing task. Royce Beardsley, Cliff and Cheryl Holman, Dave Hewes and Jim Meskan volunteered their services on behalf of the Club to promote and generate enthusiasm in kids that want to fish.
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Lake Roosevelt Walleye Club
hosts WA State Governor's Cup Walleye Tournament June 25-26, 2016