Hiking, fishing & kayaking trip with Vermilion Forks Field Naturalists

Naturalists relished the dry and sunny weather on Saturday, June 22.

While out on their latest venture the Vermilion Forks Field Naturalist group stopped to take a break and enjoy the beauty of Issitz Lake.

While out on their latest venture the Vermilion Forks Field Naturalist group stopped to take a break and enjoy the beauty of Issitz Lake.

Naturalists relished the dry and sunny weather on Saturday, June 22, when Tip Anderson led a group of 13 on a fun field trip at Wolfe Lake. Activities were diverse, with some of the group kayaking in Wolfe Lake, others hiking the “Don Burbidge trail” to the north end of Issitz Lake, where Peter Antonick tossed in his fishing line and managed to catch (with assistance!) four rainbow trout within a very short time. We were lucky enough to be accompanied by Pat Parsons, who contributed to the camaraderie, while he and Tip educated us on some of the history of the area. We ate our lunches around a campfire outside Pat’s cabin, as Peter cooked and shared the delicious trout. Highlights of the day were the beautiful, haunting calls of the loons on the lake, a pair of Belted Kingfishers, a pair of Bald Eagles, a Golden Eagle, Ruffed Grouse with chicks, and two Rubber Boas, one of which was first spotted swimming across the lake towards us. Our next field trip will be July 6, when Peter Antonick will take us to the “Hole in the Wall” and once again demonstrate his fishing skills. Bring along your fishing rods, licenses and phone Peter at 250-295-3640 to confirm attendance.  We will meet at Billy’s at 9 am.