“The volunteers for this event brought tears to my eyes. The smiles and positive attitudes on behalf of participants and volunteers were beyond words.” – Parent, Lake Oroville, CA
This is a C.A.S.T. for Kids event designed to provide children with disabilities, ages 5 – 17, 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!
Event LocationLake Oroville
Oroville, California (map)
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2017 Event Recap
This was the 13thAnnual Lake Oroville CAST. Due to the recent Spillway Incident, C.A.S.T. was moved to the Bidwell Canyon Boat Launch, which has a much smaller parking and launching area. For those of us who have worked the event before, we felt like we were stepping all over each other, but we got things set up and organized and all supporting agencies worked hard at making the event a successful one. There was a bass fishing tourney that morning, in which 40 boats had signed up for but over 80 boats showed up! That really put a squeeze on the event, but Cal Fire did a stupendous job getting all of the kids and their families loaded onto boats without incident. We added a new feature to the event this year, where we sold tickets for a chance to win one of about 20 donated gift baskets and we also sold extra shirts and caps to attendees. We raised a total of $354 to go towards the 2018 C.A.S.T. event!
When children are registered for our C.A.S.T. event, we always encourage that the siblings of those children attend the event, too. This year, we had 34 children register, but only 30 children showed up. Nearly all had one or two siblings accompany them along with one or both parents, so we had about 90 attendees that we managed to get out onto the lake. We feel that it is very important that the siblings of children with special needs be included as the time and energy that the special needs demands leaves the siblings feeling left out and isolated. Allowing the siblings to participate gives the entire family a chance to have fun TOGETHER and gives all of the family members a chance to reconnect with one another. We also experienced a very rare, cool June day, with the temperature in the upper 70’s, instead of the typical triple digits.
In spite of being crowded into a very small area and in spite of hitting several major bumps at the start of the event, fun was had by all!!!
Thanks to our Event Sponsors
Feather River Parks District, Kiwanis International, California Dept. of Water Resources, First Responder Medical, Northwest Lineman College, Lundberg Family Farms, WTC, Hofbrau, Grocery Outlet, Chico area Fly Fishers, Bidwell Canyon Marina, Pro Pacific Fresh, CAL Fire, California Fish and Wildlife, E-Z pak Bait, Oroville Outdoors, US Forest Service, California State Parks, California Dept. of Boating and Waterways, Blue Diamond Growers, Chico Bags, Flambeau, Lews, BBT, ARC store, Starbucks, Lake Oroville Marina, Pepsi, Gold Country Casino, Home Depot, Forebay Aquatic Center, PG&E