Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Charity Lake Near Rock Port to Celebrate 50th Anniversary

Charity Lake near Rock Port will celebrate its 50th anniversary on June 4th at 11 am at the lake.
The lake was built by donated labor back in 1966. Volunteer operators built a road around the lake, and many people in the Rock Port and Watson areas made donations.

Today, Charity Lake is part of the Department of Conservation’s Brickyard Hill Conservation Area. The area offers camping, a hiking trail, and hunting for deer, rabbit, squirrel, and turkey. Please refer to MDC’s hunting regulations.

The water remains clear today thanks to a forested watershed that surrounds the lake. Largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, and catfish are common. Largemouth bass are frequently 12-13 inches long. Bluegill can be over 9 inches long. Channel catfish are restocked every year. Crappie are rare, but those that are caught are usually big. Freshwater shrimp are a food source for the fish.

At the June 4 event, MDC staff will provide fishing gear and tips on how to fish for anyone who would like to give angling in Charity Lake a try.

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