2016 Summer Initiative: Explore Your Three Rivers
The City’s Tourism and Activities Committee would like to announce this summer’s Activity Initiative! Past AI’s have been extremely successful, and we’re hoping this year is no exception!
Our goal with the 2016 program is to get outside and active, in a way that reflects and enriches our understanding of Chaska history. So, we’re taking the “Three Rivers” theme as our program name. The activities we’re promoting this year are hunting, fishing, and boating. We’re partnering with a few local businesses this year, as we have in the past (thanks again to Mike’s Bikes for leading a great end-of-year celebration for our Chaska On Wheels program in 2015!). This year, Huck’s Fish and Game Shop is our community business sponsor, along with Three Rivers Kayak and Canoe.
As we encourage residents and visitors to get outside, we’re hoping we can build a better understanding and appreciation of the aquatic landscape and ecosystem we’re blessed to be surrounded by in Chaska. That’s why we’re going old-school!
In the hunting department, we’re thrilled that Huck’s will be offering big discounts all summer long (along with a brand new rental program) for traditional recurve bows. We’ve also brought in some nationally-celebrated instructors for a month-long bow training program in August (more details on the City Facebook page soon, as well as at Huck’s). We’re also in the process of planning what we hope will become Chaska’s first annual archery tournament in the old soccer field. More exciting news to come! We hope this traditional archery program will be a way to embrace our cultural heritage in an ecologically-responsive manner. In the meantime, you can find more helpful info at thebestrecurvebows.com, especially for beginners, on this page, http://thebestrecurvebows.com/for-beginners/ . We also recommend that beginners get a head start by reading some information and tips on the state archery association site HERE.
For fishing, we’re encouraging people to get their licenses with a discounted price ($50 for adults, $25 for youth). We’re also going to be leading a get-out-and-fish event in mid July (details TBA) which will involve classes for novices and anyone who just wants a brush-up on fishing skills.
Finally, we’re pleased to partner with Three Rivers Kayak and Canoe, a great new local business, to offer sponsored boat rentals to City residents for a discounted rate. You can also check out Three Rivers passes from Chaska Public Library for the day (2 uses per patron). They’ll get you out on the river absolutely free!