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Date: April 24, 2001
Contact: Jim Meisner Jr., DCR Public Relations Specialist, (804) 786-8442,

Belle Isle State Park to host Virginia Outdoor Day May 5

(RICHMOND) - Youngsters and the young at heart can learn more about outdoor recreation at the Virginia Outdoors Day, Saturday, May 5, at Belle Isle State Park in Lancaster County. Sponsored by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, the many demonstrations, displays and activities will be held rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 4.p.m.

A wide variety of outdoor activities are planned, from canoeing, fly fishing and archery lessons to decoy carving, muzzleloading and retriever demonstrations.

The $2 per vehicle parking fee will be waived for vehicles with a child under 17. Lunch will be sold from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Local participants and sponsors include the Northern Neck Paddlers Association, Lively Boy Scout Troop 222, Westmoreland Longhunters Association, the Northern Neck Wild Turkey Association, the Northern Neck Field Trial Association, Students of Claiborne Farm, the Rappahannock Retriever Club, the Rappahannock Ducks Unlimited Chapter, The Rappahannock Decoy Carvers Guild and the Northern Neck Audubon Society.

For more information, contact the park at (804) 462-5030, or DGIF at (804) 367-6351. For more information about other state parks, call the State Parks Reservation Center at 1-800-933-PARK, or in Richmond 225-3867, or visit the DCR site at For more information about outdoor education programs, visit the DGIF site at


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