Kids and Mentors Outdoors (KAMO)
Picture from KAMO founder Mark Walters return Odyssey to Lake Onalaska. He brought a friend on this trip. Hard work and determination often times yields good luck - he camped on the ice for three days. You can catch the details of this and other adventures by going to "An Outdoorsman's Journal" on your browser.
Day two of Mark Walters trip to Lake Onalaska. Fishing has generally been slow as the oxygen is low in the water now. Mark's dog Fire loved the scraps of smoked fish that fell on the ice. Fish that were taken were stored in water filled crevice on the ice. Something that may be unique to this section of the river is that the pike, especially the large ones, feed in the darkness. One of his pike was taken at 1:00 A.M.
Coulee's sledding outing on YY on Saturday, February 10, 2018. 19 kids, 11 adults. Hill, play area, heated cabin, outhouse, fire pit, smoked trout from fishing outing at Genoa, marshmallows, chips, cheese curls. Frankfurters are the new official dog of our group and these were from St. Josephs Country Market. We extended our time for an hour because neither the kids nor the adults were ready to leave on this cold, but gorgeous day.
A group known as Friends of the Upper Mississippi FUM) is a support group for the local U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. FUM used to take kids out on local waters to introduce them to ice fishing. In early February that meant it was going to be cold and the fishing was often slow.
One year the Genoa Fish Hatchery, which is a part of UFWS, decided that they were going to do something about that. They began opening a trout pond for a public fishing event twice per year with a big heated tent (winter), food, and drink, volunteers and their staff running it. The FUM group supports it financially and with volunteers. The groups never looked back from that move and the pictures you see are the results.
Another important partnership is the one between U.W. - La Crosse student volunteers and KAMO. The students come along to fulfill volunteer hour requirements or just for a good time.This morning, two college students came along on the trip to enjoy and help. Quite honestly, they saved my bacon - I was the only mentor there. KAMO parents are always friendly and helpful and there was a couple of them there too.
Took a group of kids to the Genoa Fish Hatchery for their kids fishing day. The trout were biting and every kid got their limit of three. It was a blast. The two college student volunteers were instrumental in helping - they made our outing a great one.
What KAMO is in need of throughout the state is more volunteers.
O.K. KAMO Fans, participants needed for these events. Our activities are free and open to the public. If interested contact Mike at email@example.com
Saturday, February 10th - Sledding and tubing event.. 10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. Klatt property on YY between highways 33 and 14. West side of road. Watch for KAMO sign. Group will depart Highway 33 Festival (across from Kmart) parking lot.at 9:30 A.M. Campfire, hot beverages, and lunch will be provided. If arriving separately, look for KAMO sign on narrow entrance road. Bring sleds, folding chairs, dress warm. Landowner does not want sleds with wood or metal framework in construction because of injury risk. If you miss going with the group, take YY south off 33. When you get to the bottom of the hill, look for the KAMO banner.
Saturday, February 17th - Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center Trip - Lansing, Iowa. Group will depart from Walmart south La Crosse parking lot at 9:30 A.M. Center is open until 4:00 P.M. Geology, limnology (rivers and streams), archeology, wildlife studies, river tow industries, economies, American Indian cultures.
Saturday, February 24th - Gymnasium Activity Day - La Crosse Wellness Center - 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (across from Holiday Heights). Includes general use of Field House, fish casting, animal tracks, more.