Want to spend some time on the water this summer?

Let's Go Fishing volunteer orientation is May 14

This group of area veterans came dressed for the occasion during a 2017 trip they scheduled through the Detroit Lakes chapter of Let's Go Fishing. (Submitted photo)

This group of area veterans came dressed for the occasion during a 2017 trip they scheduled through the Detroit Lakes chapter of Let's Go Fishing. (Submitted photo)

Some trips scheduled with the Detroit Lakes chapter of Let's Go Fishing are more of the scenic variety, with the pontoon captain pointing out some points of interest along the way. (Submitted photo)

Some trips scheduled with the Detroit Lakes chapter of Let's Go Fishing are more of the scenic variety, with the pontoon captain pointing out some points of interest along the way. (Submitted photo)

The Schuler girls enjoyed their Let's Go Fishing excursion on Detroit Lake; the local nonprofit has provided fishing and boating trips to more than 7,000 seniors, youth, veterans and physically challenged people of all ages since it was started in 2008. (Submitted photo)

The Schuler girls enjoyed their Let's Go Fishing excursion on Detroit Lake; the local nonprofit has provided fishing and boating trips to more than 7,000 seniors, youth, veterans and physically challenged people of all ages since it was started in 2008. (Submitted photo)

Youth groups including the local Boys & Girls Club also regularly schedule trips with the Detroit Lakes chapter of Let's Go Fishing. (Submitted photo)

Youth groups including the local Boys & Girls Club also regularly schedule trips with the Detroit Lakes chapter of Let's Go Fishing. (Submitted photo)

Boating, fishing and water recreation are a huge part of life for people in the Detroit Lakes area.

But what about those who do not have ready access to the water, either due to decreased mobility, or a lack of someone to take them there?

Since 2008, the Detroit Lakes Area Chapter of Let's Go Fishing has been filling that gap, serving thousands of area seniors, veterans, youth and physically challenged people of all ages.

"This will be our 12th season," says Dave Hochhalter, one of the chapter's founders, and its current treasurer.

The start of the 2019 fishing season may still be a few weeks away, but LGF already has over 80 trips scheduled, Hochhalter added; technology advancements on the chapter's website, detroitlakes.lgfws.com, have made it easier than ever to do so.

Once a group is registered with the local LGF chapter's scheduler, Betty Hochhalter, anyone in that group can go to the website and schedule a date and time from the list of available slots, he added.

"It's just a matter of a couple clicks to schedule a trip," Hochhalter continued. "Our volunteers can also see what trips are out there, put their name down and they're booked for that day." 

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