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Stagecoach State Park invites community to Debunk the Winter Funk

Aylen Dalkem ice fishes with her dog Maisey during the 2015 Debunk the Winter Funk event at Stagecoach State Park.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The fishing has been great, the trails are groomed, and Stagecoach Stage Park is preparing for its annual event geared toward getting people outside.

"It's been growing every year, and we're really excited," senior ranger Andrew Dean said.

The park will host Debunk the Winter Funk from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Those with an annual parks pass can attend for free or a $7 day pass can be purchased.

“This event has become one of the biggest days at Stagecoach State Park,” park manager Craig Preston said. “By this time of year, people are looking for any excuse to get outdoors, maybe try a new winter sport or just breathe some fresh, cool air.”

The park has teamed up with the Friends of the Stagecoach State Park organization and Yampatika to put on the event.

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Activities will include sledding, ski bikes, snowshoes, archery, avalanche beacon training, and of course, ice fishing.

"The ice fishing has been great," Dean said.

Anglers have had the most success 10 to 20 yards off the shore at a depth of 20 to 30 feet. People have been reeling in fish that are 16 to 20 inches in length.

The prime fishing spots that are most accessible include Morrison Cove and the area where the Yampa River flows into Stagecoach Reservoir.

The park loans out ice fishing kits that include augers for free.

"We have a loaner gear program, which is really popular," Dean said.

The park also has a fleet of seven Specialized fat bikes in a variety of sizes as part of its loaner program.

There will be s'mores, hot chocolate, snacks and a bonfire throughout the day to keep people warm, and Yampatika will guide a snowshoe hike at noon.

The schedule of events is provided below.

• Bonfire and S'mores – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Sledding hill and ski bikes – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Specialized fat tire bikes – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Warming hut and snacks – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Ice fishing – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Guided Snowshoe Hike – noon

• Avalanche beacon training – 10 a.m. to noon

• Archery – noon to 2 p.m.

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