a 2020 Knox County youth fisherman at the parkTournament overview info - see all rules/details by clicking the links below.

Ariel-Foundation Park is a proud sponsor of the Knox County Park District Virtual Fishing Tournament series of events.


Dates include (click on each link to find registration info):
April 17
May 29
June 19
July 10
August 28
September 25

From the Knox County Park District:

Since the threat of Covid-19 continues, our youth programs have been canceled and it is with regret but we also value the importance of keeping everyone safe during this time. Our tournaments will be held once a month from June-September for youth ages 7-18. The tournaments run through an app called Fish Donkey. We invite you to download the app and register to participate in this fun event as we team up with Ariel-Foundation Park to offer lots of nice prizes. We are limiting the tournament to 75 entries and you MUST fish a body of water in Knox County. The tournaments run from 8 a.m. to noon. Anyone who participates is eligible for a grand prize drawing at the end of the series. We hope you will join us! 

To participate you must have a mobile device and download the Fish Donkey app. We are very excited to work with the developers of this app as we provide a unique tournament series. This program is provided to each participant free of cost as the Knox County Park District and our friends of the Ariel-Foundation Park Conservancy, Kokosing Valley Jr Anglers, and THR Creekside Home Inspections are sponsoring the event. Great prizes awarded at each tournament!

Our park provides Wolf Run Park pond while Ariel Foundation Park provides several lakes and do not forget about the Kokosing River! If you do fish the lakes at Ariel-Foundation Park, please consider recording the fish you caught by completing our fish survey. Also provided on the tournament pages linked above is a Fish ID list of those species found in the main stem of the Kokosing River and their locations. This information is being provided by Brian Zimmerman, OSU River Ecologist and Research Associate with The Ohio State University. Another program for you to become involved with is the Fish Ohio initiative. This program recognizes anglers for noteworthy catches of Ohio’s fish and is offered through the Ohio Division of Wildlife. Participants will receive with a qualifying catch a collectible Fish Ohio pin. Each year a pin will include a different Ohio species along with the year. One is given per angler per year. Visit the Ohio Division of Wildlife website at https://ohiodnr.gov/wps/portal/gov/odnr/buy-and-apply/hunting-fishing-boating/fishing-resources/fishohio-program

Event Sponsors:

Knox County Park District

Ariel-Foundation Park

Kokosing Valley Jr. Anglers

THR Creekside Home Inspections

Park Info



 Ariel-Foundation Park, located in Mount Vernon, Ohio, is a 250-acre civic park that offers a one-of-a-kind experience for visitors of all ages.

Visiting Hours

Ariel-Foundation Park is officially open April 1 through November 15. Some areas of the park are accessible to pedestrians year-round. Daily hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. There are no admissions or parking fees. The Rastin Observation Tower, park museum, picnic pavillions, trails and other park features are free and open to the public. The Rastin Observation Tower is open during winter months, as long as weather allows.

Contact Us

Foundation Park Conservancy
P.O. Box 644, Mount Vernon, OH 43050
[email protected]

Mount Vernon City Parks Department
307 Wooster Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050
[email protected]

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