Month: May 2011

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100 Days of Summer: June 11th- Bike Western Reserve Greenway

Starting and ending on the Kent State Trumbull Campus, Participants can choose to bike 20, 40 or the entire 68 mile Loop. The first (And Last) mile is on public roads from the campus area to the Wetern Reserve Greenway. The rest is on the bike path. There will be two refreshment stations.

Early Registration closes on May 23rd. $20 bucks gets you in with a T-shirt. After the 23rd, $20 gets you in, but no T-shirt.

Donate a dozen cookies, and get a free entry to a raffle with Bike Nashbar and other cycle related prizes.


For more info, check out the  Trumbull County MetroParks Website.


Note: I’m always looking for events to showcase in the 100 days of summer series. If you have something you want featured on Steel Valley outdoors, please contact me. And seriously guys- Could we get an RSS feed or Twitter or facebook page to make following news easier? So many of our local organizations have websites stuck in the ’90s. If you need some help updating your design, let me know. I’ll Donate time.


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100 Days of Summer: Camping

Local Camping

Beaver Creek– Horse camp, Hiking, Beach,Mountain Bikes and Ghosts .

Hearts ContentAllegheny National Forest recreation area. Playground, Orienteering course and old growth forest.

Minister Creek- Primitive campsite at trailhead. “Back country” camping on North Country Trail. Back country is in quotes because this loop trail is surrounded by privately leased land: You’re never too far from help.

Nelson Ledges Quarry Park– Private quarry with swimming and scuba. Runs a series of Music festivals all summer long to get your groove on.

Punderson Lodge-Golf, conference and camping resort at state park in Geauga County. This link takes you to the vendor’s site for reservations.

Pymatuning– Commercial type RV/ Car and tent campground.

Raccoon Creek

ODNR Camping and Resort Facilities


National Park service campgrounds– is the national parks vendor for reservations.

US Forest ServiceNational Forests.

State Park Search– From L.L.Bean


Essential Gear: Water And Hydration

Camp Food Without Pots– How to cook over an open fire without Needing Medical aid. 9 Recipes

Camping Club– Recipes, gear reviews, blogs and more. Member site, corporate sponsors

Camping tips-Meat and potatoes camping site. Articles and lists, not much more, but good, solid info.– Basic script to get a list of equipment based on what type of camping you want to do.

Go RVing– RV Resourc. You’ve seen the ads.

Visit Our Store for all the best Camping Gear and Equipment

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100 Days Of Summer: Kayaking and Canoeing

Where to Go?

Canoe City Park– Warren Area Park with Fishing and Put-ins to the Mahoning River

Ohio Water Trail Maps– Muskingum, Kokosing, Miami and More. Ohio Kayaking rivers listed, mapped and reviewed

Little Beaver Creek– Site with Put-in Maps

Lake Arthur– Moraine state park. Windsurfing is popular.

Brady’s Run– 28 Acre lake in 2000 acre park East of Columbiana

McConnell’s Mill State Park Nice, But Dangerous Area On Slippery Rock Creek.

Mill Creek– Lake Newport and Lake Glacier Boating Regs

Mohican– The Clear Fork of the Mohican River.

Ohio River Reviews– From PA also.

OhioPyle– Large Whitewater area on the Yough River- Rapids Map

Pymatuning– Small HP fishing boats and lots of sail and kayaks.

Kayak and Canoe Groups Near NE Ohio

Trumbull Canoe Trails– Local Warren Based club for Kayakers and Canoers.

Mahoning River Consortium– Political action group leading the way for the restoration and development of the Mahoning River.

41 Degree North Kayakers– Cleveland based Kayak Club offers trips, classes, sales, and more. Well worth checking out

Bradstreet Sea Kayakers– Another Cleveland based group. Paddles on Lake Erie.

KeelHaulers Canoe Club– Lots of clinics and classes

Three Rivers Rowing Pittsburgh Kayak, Canoe and Dragon Boats

Lake Arthur Sailing Club
-Moraine state park.

Venture Outdoors– Located on the Point in Pittsburgh, Large outdoor group has several classes and trips. Paddle around downtown and see the sights!


Crescent Bay Boat Rental– Lake Arthur, Moraine State Park.

Kayak Pittsburgh-Paddle the Point

Mill Creek– Boathouses on Lake Glacier and Lake Newport will rent paddleboats, canoes and Kayaks

Click Here for Great Canoes


Ohio Boating Regulations

Essential Gear: Sleeping Bags

Essential Gear: Water and Hydration

American Whitewater– Safety Code and Accident Archive, Regional River guides, and News.

NessMucking– Wierd name, informative site

On Kayaks

Sea Kayaking dot net.

Sea Kayaking Primer

Buying a Kayak

How To Portage a Canoe

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100 Days of Summer: Fishing

State Fishing and Boating Regs

Ohio Division of Wildlife

Ohio Division of Watercraft
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
ODNR Spring 2009 Trout Stocking Schedule

Local Lakes

Mosquito Lake

Berlin Lake
West Branch– Walleye, Smallmouth, Crappie and Muskie.
Lake Milton
Lake Erie Fishing Report
Lake Arthur


Ohio Valley Bass Anglers


Essential Gear: Water And Hydration

Top Ten Essential Tips

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Ready, Set, Inflate Events May 21-27

A derivative of a personal water craft

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COLUMBUS, OH – Recreational boaters are encouraged to stay safe on the water by properly wearing their life jackets anytime while boating. That’s the message again this year from the National Safe Boating Council and its boating partners that include the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Watercraft.

“Wearing life jackets anytime while boating is key to enhancing boater safety on the water and is a proven life saver,” said Bill McGarity, acting chief for the Division of Watercraft.

Among the 16 Ohioans who died in boating-related accidents on state waterways in 2010, none were wearing a life jacket when the accidents occurred, according to the Division of Watercraft. Investigations typically conclude that most boating-related accidents are preventable and that boaters increase their chances of survival when properly wearing an approved life jacket.

Ohio law requires that a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket of the correct size and type be worn by any person less than 10 years of age while aboard any vessel less than 18 feet in length while it is underway. The approved life jacket should be worn by any person regardless of age who is riding in a personal watercraft and by any person regardless of age who is being towed behind a boat for any reason such as tubing and waterskiing.

As part of its observance of National Safe Boating Week, the Division of Watercraft and City of Gahanna Department of Parks & Recreation will inflate to educate about the importance of wearing a lifejacket! Gahanna is honored to be host of Central Ohio’s 2nd Annual Ready Set Inflate Day world record attempt at Woodside Green Park, 213 Camrose Court, on Saturday, May 21.

Registered adults get to wear and inflate an inflatable life jacket, courtesy of the Division of Watercraft. Family members under the age of 18 will be fitted with non-inflatable life jackets, so they can be part of the world record.  Visit register to attend. Onsite registration and life jacket fitting is at 12 p.m. with inflation set for 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. The Ready Set Inflate Day mission is to raise awareness about the importance of wearing a life jacket.

Additionally, the Division of Watercraft will be conducting its “Wear It Ohio!” awareness campaign May 21-22 at East Fork State Park in Clermont County, May 21-22 at Caesar Creek Lake State park in Warren County and May 21 and May 28 at Portage Lakes State Park in Summit County to get Ohioans to pledge to wear life jackets anytime while boating and to share that message with other boaters. By making the pledge, eligible program participants age 18 and older qualify to receive on loan from the Division of Watercraft at no cost a brand new inflatable life vest for use during the 2011 boating season.

The Division of Watercraft and its boating partners also will be conducting free vessel safety inspections at public boat launch ramps around the state as well as boating safety education classes. The agency’s statewide boating safety awareness media advertising campaign is set to kickoff at the conclusion of National Safe Boating Week as the Memorial Day holiday weekend, May 27-30, signals the traditional start of the summer boating season.

“We care about the safety of our boaters and encourage them to observe safe boating practices so they may enjoy our waterways for years to come,” said McGarity.

Additional information on boating safety tips and programs is available online

The ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR Web site at


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100 Days of Summer

It’s time once again for Steel Valle yOutdoors’s 100 Days of Summer: 100 things to do and places to go for outdoor recreation in NE Ohio.

Last year, I got 44 posts done. However, since a lot of them were date dependent, We’re going to be updating and reusing them. We’ll be posting events in advance for those that require registration. And, I I get them done in time, we might release an E-book. So Stay Tuned.

To lead up to the unofficial start of summer on Memorial Day, We’ll be posting the Outdoor Recreation pages as Overview posts. Then we’ll feature events and parks daily up until Labor Day.

Tune in tomorrow for the first of the 100 days of summer post, and now might be a good time to start following the feed or to follow us on Facebook.

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PA waters Participate in Cabela's "Wanna Go Fishing for Millions?" Contest

Harrisburg, PA – Anglers registered with Cabela’s “Wanna Go Fishing for Millions?” promotion will have an opportunity to land prize-winning fish in eight Pennsylvania waterways announced today by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) and Cabela’s.

In conjunction with the contest, the PFBC will offer fishing instruction and a variety of other activities at six of the eight waters on May 30 as part of its annual Fish-for-Free day. The selected waters where Fish-for-Free activities will be held include:

  • Lake Wallenpaupack, a 5,700-acre lake located in Pike and Wayne counties;
  • Raystown Lake, an 8,000-acre lake in Huntingdon County;
  • The Emsworth Pool of the Three Rivers in Pittsburgh;
  • Presque Isle Bay, a 3,300-acre body of water which is part of Presque Isle State Park in Erie County;
  • Foster Joseph Sayers Lake, a 1,730-acre reservoir located in Bald Eagle Creek State Park in Centre County.
  • Lake Nockamixon, a 1,450-acre lake located within Nockamixon State Park in Bucks County.

The remaining two waters include:

  • Penns Creek, which begins from a spring in Penns Cave, Centre County, and flows eastward to its confluence with the Susquehanna River near Selinsgrove in Snyder County.
  • Lake Arthur, a 3,200-acre lake located within Moraine State Park in Butler County.

The contest officially starts today and runs through July 14. Anglers can register through the Link on Steel Valley Outdoors left hand sidebar for a chance at landing the $2.2 million prize.

“We’re excited that the Cabela’s contest coincides with our first Fish-for-Free day on Memorial Day,” said PFBC Executive Director John Arway. “Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer and it’s a day when many families and friends get together at lakes and parks throughout the state. It is the first of two Fishing Holidays this year.”

“First-time anglers can learn how to fish from our instructors and, in the process, maybe land a prize-winning fish,” he added. “It’s a great way to get introduced to the sport of fishing.”

In addition to providing free fishing tips, PFBC outreach and education staff will have exhibits, free publications and more at the six selected sites. Fish-for-Free Days allow anyone (resident or non-resident) to legally fish. No fishing license is required to fish on these days. All other fishing regulations apply. The second Fish-for-Free Day is Labor Day, Sept. 5.

To help reporters with stories and websites, the PFBC has created a media resources page which contains high resolution tagging photos and videos. High-resolution logos can also be downloaded. The page is located at:

The mission of the Fish and Boat Commission is to protect, conserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s aquatic resources and provide fishing and boating opportunities. For more information about fishing and boating in Pennsylvania, please visit our website at

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