Knapp Lions Club and elementary school students release trout
Each spring, K-5 students at Knapp Elementary School look forward to their visit to the Knapp Pond. The Knapp Lions have served the youth of the community by coordinating the release of 300 to 500 rainbow trout into the pond. For the past three years the school children have been “helpers” in the special stocking as they form a bucket brigade from the truck to the water’s edge. Everyone is happy as the kids emit yelps of excitement when the fish splash their faces with cold water. The trout are happy too as they enter the specially aerated pond after their long ride from the hatchery.
The Knapp Pond and Park were developed in the 1960s with renovations in 2002. At that time a new pavilion was built, playground equipment and a volleyball court were added, the pond was dredged, and an aerator was purchased and installed. This was all possible because of the cooperation of the Knapp Village, the Wisconsin DNR, and the Knapp Lions. Community members contributed to the fundraising effort and the park retains its beauty and increased use today.
The Lions decorate the park for the Christmas season and use it for the annual Easter egg hunt.
Fish stocking began with the purchase of trout from private hatchery in 2003. Recently, through the cooperation of Marty Engel, fish biologist from the Wisconsin DNR Baldwin office, rainbow trout are stocked from the Osceola State Fish Hatchery.
Involving the school children is a great tool used to educate the kids about the work of the Wisconsin DNR. It further gets the students excited to use the park and pond as they picnic and fish with their friends and families.
The Knapp Lions enjoy serving the community by organizing this project, which encourages kids to spend more time in the outdoors. Cooperation with the village makes it possible for the Lions “TO SERVE,” as is the organization’s mott.