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Lake Erie Islands Water Trails State Designation Dedication
August 6, 2019
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) invites you to Oak Point State Park on South Bass Island to attend the designation of Ohio’s newest state water trail. The Lake Erie Islands Water Trail guides paddlers to the public access sites on the waters of the Lake Erie Islands region.
Interested attendees are encouraged to depart from Catawba on the Miller Ferry at 9am. Because parking is limited at Oak Point State Park, attendees should park their car at Miller Ferry. A shuttle will bring transport attendees to the event upon arrival of the 9am ferry at Put-in-Bay. After the ceremony and canoe float, a shuttle will return participants to the ferry dock in time to board the 1pm ferry back to Catawba.
The ceremony will feature remarks by ODNR Director Mary Mertz as well as the Lake Erie Water Trail Partners including Put-in-Bay Township Park District, National Park Service, U.S Fish and Wildlife Service and The Ohio State University Sea Grant. Light refreshments are being served at Oak Point. Following the designation ceremony, participants are invited to join ODNR Director Mertz on a 45-minute kayak float from Put-in-Bay to Gibraltar Island. Kayaks will be provided to those who need one. Please let us know if you will require a kayak or plan to bring your own kayak. RSVP required.
The Put-in-Bay Township Park District, along with their partners, the National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program and Ohio Sea Grant created the Lake Erie Islands Water Trails guide. The brochure features five circular paddling routes and associated public access points around South Bass, Middle Bass, North Bass, Kelleys Island and the Catawba and Marblehead peninsula area. Access points to the nearly 60 miles of paddling trails are visible from the water and marked with color coded signs that coordinate with the guide by island. Safety, environmental information, access amenities, and paddling distances are also included.
The free guides will be available at the Lake Erie Shores and Islands Visitors Centers in Port Clinton and Sandusky, as well as the Lake Erie Island State Park Offices on South Bass, Middle Bass and Kelleys Islands and the Aquatic Visitors Center at Put-in-Bay. It is also available online at go.osu.edu/LEwatertrails.
The project was made possible by an Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF) grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. The Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program carries out the natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation mission of the National Park Service in communities across America. The Put-in-Bay Township Park District was formed in 2006 dedicated to protecting and preserving unique areas that enhance the heritage of the Lake Erie Islands. Ohio State University’s Ohio Sea Grant College Program is part of NOAA Sea Grant, a network of 33 Sea Grant programs dedicated to the protection and sustainable use of marine and Great Lakes resources. For more information, visit ohioseagrant.osu.edu.