Riverside Park has tackle loaner program

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   First-time and novice anglers visiting Riverside Park are encouraged to borrow rods and reels free of charge to join in the fishing fun this year. 
   The loaner rods and reels are provided by Riverside Park through Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD). 
   TPWD created the Tackle Loaner Program to introduce Texans, especially children, to fishing and to encourage novice anglers to continue developing their angling skills. 
Here’s how it works
   The Tackle Loaner Program operates just like a library. 
   Anglers of all ages register at the Riverside Park Office to receive a tackle loaner ID card, which allows them to check out a rod and reel to utilize on-site and return at the end of your visit. 
   Anglers under 17 years of age must have a parent or guardian to register.  Registration can be made on-line at www.cityofbaycity.org. 
Fishing License Requirements
   Any person who takes or attempts to take fish, mussels, clams, crayfish or other aquatic life in the public waters of Texas must have a current Texas fishing license with the appropriate endorsement. 
   A freshwater endorsement is required for fishing at Riverside Park. For details and exceptions go to www.tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/fish 
Riverside Park fees are $8 each day per vehicle (up to 8 people). 
   Overnight camping fees start at $25 per night (wilderness area). 
   You can also buy a yearly day pass for $80.  Camping reservations and yearly passes can made on-line at https://secure.rec1.com/TX/city-of-bay-city-tx/catalog.  
   For more information on Riverside Park contact Riverside Park at 979-245-0340 or via e-mail at riversidepark@cityofbaycity.org.


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