For those who may have forgotten, Sunday June 21st, is Father’s Day! Sure, fathers would be grateful for any gift given to them, but most would likely prefer to spend quality time with their children if given the option. Like the old saying when giving a gift, “It’s not the price, but the idea that counts”. To save you the hassle, we’ve scouted out the special events going on this weekend for Father’s Day around Montgomery County. Below are a variety of ideas to make this Father’s Day a special one.
Weather permitting, spending time in the great outdoors is always a good idea. Throughout the county, there are a number of lakes, rivers, and ponds that offer public fishing. These include the Perkiomen Creek @ Central Perkiomen Valley Park, the lakes @ Green Lane Park, Penny Pack Creek @ Lorimer Park, and the stream @ Norristown Farm Park.
The Daring Dad Scavenger Hunt
Norristown Farm Park
2500 Upper Farm Rd, Norristown, PA 19403
Bring your dad to the park this Father’s Day for a challenging nature scavenger hunt. He’ll have to follow a series of clues to find the items or answer questions. The first dad back with all requirements met is the winner! Families are welcome to help dad in the search.
Ages: all; free; pre-registration required; meet in parking lot #2.
Whether you are a Pennsylvanian or from out of state, you need to be aware of the State’s regulations for freshwater fishing. Fishing licenses are required for anyone age 16 and over to fish or angle for any type of fish in Pennsylvania waters. The costs vary by length of time you want the license and age of applicant.
Here are a few tips you might need. For example, if you are a trout angler, there are different regulations that apply to specific areas where you will be fishing. In Southeastern Pennsylvania, including Montgomery County, trout season opened this year on March 29th. Approved trout fishing is available at:
• Deep Creek Dam – East Branch Perkiomen Creek (from near Salfordville Road downstream to Bergey’s Mill Road – in season only)
• Kepner Creek
• Loch Alsh Reservoir
• Manatawny Creek
• Pennypack Creek (Lorimer Park)
• Perkiomen Creek (county line downstream to first unnamed trib downstream of Fruitville Road (T-414)
• Skippack Creek
• Stony Creek
• Unami Creek
• Wissahickon Creek (from Lafayette Ave. downstream to Stenton Ave.)
In addition, there are approved trout waters open to year-round fishing at Valley Creek, at Valley Forge and the tributaries including Little Valley Creek. Be aware that Valley Forge National Historic Park has some special bait restrictions. You should check local posters if you intend to fish for trout there.
Catch and release trout fishing is open in Pennsylvania year-round, but no trout may be killed or kept. Fishing with artificial flies, lures, streamers, natural bait, baitfish and fishbait is allowed. Any spinning or fly-fishing gear may be used in these areas as well.
Pennsylvania also offers two Fish-For-Free-Days that allow anyone (resident or non-resident) to legally fish without a fishing license. No fishing license is required to fish on Pennsylvania’s waterways on these days. All other fishing regulations still apply so it is good to familiarize yourself with the regulations in any case. The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission will answer any questions you may have.
Tips on Lures and Baits for Catching Freshwater Fish in Pennsylvania
Trout fishing aficionados recommend using small tube jigs, crappie jigs or mealworms (or a combination of those) to catch trout through the ice. The experts say to try different colors to see what works best, but recommend chartreuse or pink and add, “Make sure to do some light jigging with it; keep it moving slightly.” Ask your bait shop owner in the local area you will be fishing to recommend the best baits or lures you will need for success in that lake or stream.
Have fun and fish often in Montgomery County!!!
Sample Local Brewery Beers:
For those of legal drinking age, taking your father on a local brewery tour could be a great way to score some points. On Saturday the 20th, the Slyfox Brewery in Royersford offers a free guided tour where visitors get to “see and smell the full brewing experience.”
For a great camping trip in Montgomery County, Deep Creek Campground in Green Lane Park offers family camping along with various other recreational activities.
Building anything can be a rewarding experience, especially if it’s done with friends or family. Whether it be a bird house, model car, spice rack, or even an addition to your house, a project with your father could turn out to be a positive learning experience.
In Montgomery County it is never a question of finding a place to tee off, only how much can you fit in. Check out these local favorites:
- Turtle Creek Golf Course: A walkable modified-links course ideal for experienced players but accessible for newcomers. Awarded four stars by Golf Digest. Public, 18 holes, par 72, designed by Ed Biedel.
- Raven’s Claw Golf Club: Named a national top-100 daily access course by Golf Magazine and a top-10 Pennsylvania course by Golfweek magazine. Public, 18 holes, par 71, designed by Ed Shearon.
- Mermaid Swim & Golf Club: At nine holes, a good course for beginners with narrow holes but no sand or water traps. The adjacent water park holds fun for the non-golfers in your group. Public, nine holes, par 27, designed by Bill Berardelli.
- Landis Creek Golf Club: New owners have been working to upgrade the course since taking over in 2014 and the 18-hole, par-70 course formerly known as Limerick Golf Club has never looked better.
- Westover Country Club: This 18-hole, par-70 public course plays more like a private course with a mixture of hazards, hills, and natural obstacles that make for a fun and challenging round.
- The ACE Club: The highest rating from the Golf Association of Philadelphia. 18 holes, par 72.
- Jeffersonville Golf Club: Rolling greens and well-placed bunkers. 18 holes, par 70.
- Skippack Golf Club: Inside beautiful Evansburg State Park. 18 holes, par 70.
Poco Loco Paintball & Lehigh Valley
Appeal to his competitive side with a round of paintball. Poco Loco Paintball in Pottstown offers a field whose terrain mixes natural fortifications with man-made structures. He can also fire away at Lehigh Valley Paintball in Hatfield. Its outdoor challenges have an indoor counterpart if the weather turns.