Let’s Go Fishing is reeling in the vets, seniors, and others

If you’ve never heard of Let’s Go Fishing, you’re missing out on one of Eden Prairie’s fastest-growing organizations.

The Eden Prairie chapter – part of a larger organization started in Willmar, Minn. in 2002 – was formed in 2012 by volunteers from the Eden Prairie Lions and others in the community who wished to get military veterans, senior citizens, and others onto a lake and fishing, at no charge.

In its second full year it had already booked Lake Riley pontoon rides for 1,800 persons, and in 2015 it served more than 2,300 persons, including 325 veterans. It continues to aim high, setting a goal of 2,800 boaters this year and announcing in July that it will roll out a program especially for youth.

It’s not an inexpensive program – there’s the LGF-owned boat, dock, life vests, gas, and more – but Let’s Go Fishing has received financial support from a lot of different organizations, including the Eden Prairie Community Foundation, which has granted more than $12,500 to the organization for such things as a handicap-accessible dock, a boat lift, and a storage facility.

The Foundation is proud to play a small part in the growth of this popular Eden Prairie program, and it fits nicely within one of the Foundation’s priority granting areas: recreation and environment. You see, there’s a lot of peace and tranquility to being on the water, enjoying a ride or fishing, too – on one of Eden Prairie’s best amenities, Lake Riley.

If you’d like more information about the Eden Prairie chapter of Let’s Go Fishing, contact Terry Eggan or Steve Wilson – pictured here with the storage facility funded in part by the Foundation. You can contact them through the organization’s website, www.lgfedenprairie.com.

Mark Weber About the Author Mark Weber has been the executive director of the Eden Prairie Community Foundation since October 2013. In this role, he enjoys meeting with Eden Prairie residents, and being an active member of the community. If you’d like to connect with Mark, call him at (952) 949-8499 or email him. You can also read Mark’s full biography.

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