Crappie, perch, catfish and brim are some of the bounties caught in the Tennessee River on the south side of Redstone Arsenal.
And while a license is usually required to fish, there is an exception on Saturday, June 12th, Alabama Free Fishing Day.
From 8 a.m. to dusk at Col. Carroll D. Hudson Recreation Area, no license is required, and fishermen and fishermen can enjoy worms for free (while supplies last) and a free noon barbecue.
Summer is just around the corner and there is no better time to take advantage of the many opportunities and services offered by Outdoor Recreation, said Tom Pyburn, manager of the facility.
“Outdoor recreation is becoming increasingly important as we become more digital,” he said. “It’s good to pull the plug.”
Whether you’re renting a motorhome or looking to improve your archery skills, Outdoor Recreation is a one-stop shop for all things outdoors.
On site, guests can enjoy trap, clay pigeon and clay pigeon shooting at the facility’s shooting range.
“We had a grand opening (of the shooting range) two years ago,” said Ken Pitcher, assistant manager at Outdoor Recreation. “It’s one of the best facilities in Alabama.”
There are individual lessons for both newcomers and experienced shooters.
Customers can also rent trailers from Outdoor Recreation and set off or take advantage of the camping options on site.
Outdoor Recreation operates three campsites in the Arsenal, the Col. Carroll D. Hudson and Easter Posey recreation areas on the Tennessee River and one in Vincent Park. All have ball fields, picnic areas, and barbecue grills. Boat docks are also accessible from the riverside campsites.
The RV park in Vincent Park now has 70 RV parking spaces, with 23 more to be added shortly. The locations offer full connections for rigs up to 65×24, with 30- and 50-amp service, water and sewage, Wi-Fi, two bathhouses, laundry, a dog park and a large meeting pavilion, said Pyburn. Reservations can be made by phone.
Other services and activities that guests can enjoy through Outdoor Recreation are:
• Cabin rental. Five furnished apartments with three bedrooms and two bathrooms are available for rent. The 1,200 square meter houses have washing machines and dryers as well as a fully equipped kitchen.
• Warehouses. There are indoor, outdoor and mini storage options, including a new lot that can accommodate RVs over 35 feet in length. Customers can store “almost anything” except cars, Pitcher said.
• A hunting program. In collaboration with biology and gamekeeper experts, the arsenal offers year-round hunting for pigeons, wild turkeys and deer.
• Frisbee golf. Players can rent frisbees or bring their own and enjoy a state-of-the-art space near Vincent Park. “It consistently ranks as one of the most acclaimed Frisbee golf courses in the nation,” said Pitcher.
For more information on Outdoor Recreation’s offerings, call 876-4868 or visit redstone.armymwr.com.