Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

Canyon Camp receives Bass Pro Shop grant for gear for future fishing pond


Canyon Camp has received a $500 grant from Bass Pro Shop to purchase gear for a future fishing pond to be built on the camp grounds.

“In the past we’ve had camps where the campers have brought in fish tanks and fish so the kids can go fishing, so this will be something that campers will definitely use,” said David Combs, executive director for Canyon Camp. “It opens the camp up for a lot of different activities that our Methodist camps can use as well as family reunions and non-Methodist camps.”

The one-time grant allowed Combs and Johnny Williams, Canyon Camp’s site development committee chair, to shop for fishing rods, reels and other gear at the outdoor recreation store.

“We were very appreciative that Bass Pro recognized the ministry and work that happens here,” Combs said.

The fishing pond is planned for the south end of the camp. Combs said the estimated water surface is between 100 and 150 feet across with a depth of 10 feet to ensure that fish can survive the winter. The director said he hopes to start construction of the pond next spring and finish in time for summer camps.

“I’d like to think the pond will be dug by next summer,” Combs said. “I don’t know when filling or stocking the pond will be complete.”

Canyon Camp also received a grant from the Oklahoma Rural Electrical Co-ops, who hold an energy camp there every year.

The project is estimated to cost between $15,000 and $20,000. Additional funds that are raised will fund recreational improvements to the pond.

“It’s still in the beginning stages, but if we can get some more money, I’d like to explore possibly getting a larger pond,” Combs said. “The more money we get, the more we can offer, such as having a dock, paddle boats or some kayaks.”

Donations for the pond can be sent to Canyon Camp at 31600 Camp Rd, Hinton, OK 73047 with “Pond Project” included on the memo line.




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