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Annual Smelt Fry and 2019 Year of the Salmon Celebration


Join us Saturday, April 13 from 11am until 4pm for the annual community smelt fry to celebrate spring and the annual harvest of rainbow smelt, a native sea-run fish.

Mark your calendars and come join us for a day of fisheries fun! This year we are excited to also be celebrating the International Year of the Salmon, a worldwide, year-long celebration of salmon and people.

Over the years, these festivities have grown from a small community potluck centered on the commercial smelt harvest to a well-known regional event serving 500+ guests. Throughout downtown Columbia Falls, there will be activities and displays that feature the inspiring fisheries and conservation work of DSF and their partners. All of the DSF venues are within a ¼ mile radius of downtown Columbia Falls and transportation between sites is available. This is truly a family-friendly event!

The Annual Smelt Fry is a wonderful way to welcome spring. Come learn what projects are happening within the fisheries and about DSF’s regional involvement. Local foods will be featured with mackerel being smoked at the DSF smoker, venison stew served at the Heritage Fish Camp, and a seasonal fried smelt dinner and dessert made with local blueberries at the Wreaths Across America gym.


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