This is a C.A.S.T. for Kids event designed to provide children with disabilities the opportunity to enjoy a quality outdoor recreational experience through the sport of fishing.
Take to the water with C.A.S.T. for an unforgettable morning of fishing and boating!
To Register - click on the appropriate red button at the right. (Registration is closed)
Questions? Contact Patrick McGowan via email or call 541-704-7530.
For more info check out the Bureau of Reclamation's website!
Past Events at Prineville Reservoir
Photos from past events at Prineville Reservoir are located at our Flickr site.
2015 Event: Central Oregonian article
Report: "Prineville C.A.S.T For Kids Reels in a Good Time" by: Patrick McGowan, BFO Civil Engineer, Plus Photos
The morning of the Prineville ‘Catch a Special Thrill’ event followed a period of unusually cool and cloudy weather. Starbucks and Ray’s Food in Prineville donated hot coffee and donuts for the early morning volunteers.
As the event prepared to get underway, 19 participants and their families began to arrive. The boat captains and participants were eager to begin their annual blast on the lake.
The Crook County Search and Rescue Team assisted with loading the participants, launched the boats, and monitored the weather forecast. Crook County Sheriff’s Office provided assistance with traffic control and public safety in and around the picnic areas while the marine patrol handled water safety on the lake.
After the morning fishing and boat ride, the volunteers were surprised to see so many young anglers come back with numerous smallmouth bass. There were smiling faces all over the park as the participants showed off their catch for the day. Pictures were taken and printed for the families as a keepsake.
“I saw at least one boat come in with a stringer full of fish, coupled with smiling faces,” said Doug DeFlitch Bend Field Office manager. “It was a great day for the kids, their parents, and the volunteers.”
“My son loves the water and fishing,” said one participant’s mother. “This is a wonderful event.”
Just before the barbecue lunch and dessert, which was donated by local businesses and prepared by the Kiwanis Club members, there was a short period of isolated thunderstorms, but that did not stop the fun. Everyone gathered for the delicious meal and some shared fishing stories.
The luncheon was followed by an awards ceremony. The participants, parents, and volunteers had an enjoyable time. The parents extended their gratitude, thanking all involved for the lasting memories this event creates for them and their children. It was truly a time to “Catch a Special Thrill” for all.
The Bureau of Reclamation and the C.A.S.T. Foundation want to say thank you to all the donors, boat captains and volunteers who assisted with making this worthy event possible. We hope to see you again next year. New donors and volunteers are always welcome.
2014 Event: KTVZ.com
"I just wanted to say thank you for an amazing day. The time we spent with you all today was a gift. You gave my son a gift that will be remembered forever. I cannot tell you how thankful I am that we were included in today's events. Your generosity is beyond words. Thank you, thank you, and thank you." -Toni Urbanowicz (parent of participant)
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Take Pride in America, Let’s Move Outside, Kiwanis Club of Prineville, Crook County Search & Rescue, Oregon State Parks, Central Oregon Bass Club, Crook County Sheriff’s Office, Pepsi Cola of Bend, Ray’s Food Place- Prineville, Prineville Grocery Outlet, Bigfoot Beverages, Eberhard's Dairy, Starbucks Coffee, The Dawg House, National Fish Carvers Guild, Wholesale Sports (Sportsman's Warehouse), Walmart, Apple Peddler of Prineville, Plano Molding Co., Zebco, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Take Me Fishing
Prineville Reservoir Statistics
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