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April 12, 2014

Fishing park opens today

FAIRMONT — Fishermen and outdoor enthusiasts will now be able to enjoy a fishing park in Marion County.

Marion County Parks and Recreation Commission (MCPARC) will have an opening day celebration for the Guyses Run Fishing Park today. The fishing park will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with an Easter egg hunt starting at 10 a.m.

Tony Michalski, director of MCPARC, said the Easter egg hunt is for every age. He said prizes will be given out and free refreshments will be available.

“We’ll probably send off the younger kids first to get a head start. Then we’ll let the older kids go,” he said. “There will probably be an appearance from the Easter Bunny.”

As for the fishing, Michalski said the waters have been stocked with trout, catfish, bass and bluegill.

“We’re going to be open for the season from here on out,” he said.

The fishing park will be open until Oct. 12 from 4-8 p.m. Wednesdays, 6-10 p.m. Fridays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, and 1-5 p.m. Sundays, weather permitting.

Michalski said the fishing is catch and release, but if fishermen want to take trout, they can do so for $4 per fish at a limit of four trout per person.

On a regular day, entrance to the park costs $3 for adults and $2 for kids. Michalski said there are season passes and family passes available at the MCPARC office. Each season pass is $35, and family passes are $60 for two adults and immediate children.

Having a fishing park in Marion County is benefical to its residents by adding yet another recreational opportunity.

“Not only is it a great recreational opportunity, it’s a great fishing opportunity,” Michalski said. “It’s stocked to the brim out there with fish ready to go.”

Michalski said the site of the park used to be a mine water treatment plant until 1997. He said instead of reclaiming the area to its original state, it’s now a recreational site.

“It’s just another place for people to go with their families and have a safe environment,” Michalski said.

Guyses Run Fishing Park is located off Route 310 toward Grafton and Valley Falls State Park. From Interstate 79, off exit 137, travel one mile and turn right onto Colfax Road. Michalski said after a mile on Colfax Road there will be a sign on the right identifying the park.

For more information, contact the MCPARC office at 304-363-7037 or

Email Emily Gallagher at or follow her on Twitter @EGallagherTWV.

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