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Ohio Topographic Map

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100 Days of Summer: Day 27- Lake Erie Islands

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They’re Called the “Bass” Islands for a reason. And since it’s the middle of the week and I gots to get to work and don’t want to fall farther behind, here’s the ODNR Press release on the dedication of a new Marina on Middle Bass Island:

MIDDLE BASS ISLAND, OH – Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Director Sean Logan joined local and state officials today to dedicate recent renovations to Middle Bass Island State Park marina and other facilities. The ribbon cutting ceremony was followed by a special recognition of former ODNR Director Sam Speck, who led the department from 1998 – 2006.

“While we come here today to recognize those whose vision and hard work made this day possible, we need to bear in mind the real reason we build marinas, open parkland and advance the cause of wildlife,” said ODNR Director Sean Logan. “We will fight to conserve those things we know best. Love and respect for nature comes most naturally to those who have the most access to nature. This marina represents yet another doorway Ohioans now have to their natural world. It is really an investment in conservation, and will serve to maintain Ohio’s lasting quality of life.”

Renovations at Middle Bass Island began in January of 2001. Since then, several significant improvement and expansion projects have been completed over the past decade. An initial 50 new temporary docks were immediately installed for boaters, with many modified for permanent use. Public input was sought for development of the facility’s master plan, a conceptual document that provides the vision and flexibility for continuous improvement as resources allow.

In 2006, a 20-site primitive campground was constructed, and in 2008, the large-scale marina entrance and basin improvements project—including reshaping of the marina basin, new entrance channel and revetments, floating dock anchorage piling and other improvements—was complete. The marina floating docks project was completed in 2009, which included installing shore-side utility connections and floating docks, for a total of 264 docks.

A 100,000 gallon elevated water storage tank has been installed with water and sewer lines connecting to Lake Erie Utilities. Construction work slated for this summer includes staff housing along with a permanent shower and restroom building. Ongoing design projects include plans for the marina office and harbormaster building.

Design services for the project were performed by BBC&M Engineering, Inc. of Dublin; CTI Engineers, Inc. of Akron; Feinknopf, Macioce Schappa Architects of Columbus; Fred Hunt of Columbus; MSI Design of Columbus; Poulos & Associates of Sandusky; and Woolpert Consultants of Cincinnati. Construction work and logistical support was performed by Bayes Inc. of Perrysburg; Gateway Tank of Avon; Huffman Equipment Rental of Eastlake; Kwest Group of Port Clinton; Perram Electric of Wadsworth; S.A. Comunale Co., Inc. of Fremont; and Speer Bros. Inc. of Sandusky.

Other guest speakers for the ceremony included State Representative Dennis Murray, Ohio State Parks Acting Chief John Hunter, ODNR Division of Watercraft Chief Pam Dillon and Jim Hodgson, chief of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wildlife and Sports Fish Restoration.

Refreshments for today’s ceremony were sponsored by Miller Boat Line and Paramount Distillers. For more information on Middle Bass Island State Park, please visit

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources 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: Day 22- Moraine State Park

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OK Susan.

Work Buddy Susan has been after me to post about Moraine State Park. Especially Since we’ve walked around it with the post on Windsurfing and McConnells Mill.

I Like Moraine. It’s a multi-use park off 19 and 422 on the other side of New Castle. Not too far, and lots of Activities.

Sure we mentioned the Windsurfing. There’s a beach with concessions, nice bay for kayaking, Picnic Areas, frisbee golf, 10 Boat launch areas for motorboats, sailboats and fishing.

For Hikers there’s 28 miles of hiking trails, 7 mile paved bike trail and 7 mile Mountain bike trail. The north Country Trail Passes through the Park, with a camping shelter on site for through hikers. Also, There’s a guided tour for Cars along Washington’s Trail through the area.

But Wait! There’s More. The Lake Arthur Regatta, Rental CAbins, Primitive Camping, Hunting Areas, Winter activities…You get the idea. Get out and take a look. This is a good weekend Because the Balloon Fest is also taking place in Newcastle, so you’re going to be in the area anyway, right?

And Joe, I Think I’m Ahead.

There’s a Camping shelter on the

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100 Days of Summer: Day 21-Hit The Beach

You know, It’s surprising how often Ohio’s state park beaches come up on this site. Really, it seems like we only get out a a couple times and the water’s too cold until August anyway. But since Ohio’s beaches are usually attached to award winning facilities anyway, we always seem to have fun anyway.

So grab the suncscreen and get out to one of our local beaches. take some charcoal and hotdogs, and don’t forget yourtowel.

42 Utility Towel 42 Utility Towel

The Towel is perhaps the most important invention of whatever century it was invented in. The Towel is the most massively useful tool to take with you on your trips throughout the universe. It is handy for oh so many reasons: you can sleep on it, rub food and sauces on it for later consumption, use it to signal for help, wrap it around your head to avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugbladder Beast of Traal, or to dry off. And most importantly, strags (non-hitchhikers) will assume if you know where your towel is you are also in possession of quite a number of other common items like a toothbrush or a space suit (which means they are more apt to lend you said items if you ask to “borrow” them). Our Towel is black, rectangular, and made of velour. It is based on the award-winning design of the Anti-Flatulent Fighting Towels of Flogulon Beta, with a little clip in the corner to attach it to things. It measures 16″ X 25″ and has the number 42 imprinted on it for some random reason (apparently the printer had a special affinity for the product of 6 and 7). The printing is done using a tone on tone effect, using a glossy clear ink over the black towel for a nice subtle effect. But seriously, you need this Towel. Because if you have one, everyone will look at you and say, “There’s a frood who really knows where his towel is,” which is perhaps one of the nicest things someone can say about you. And don’t forget: May 25th is officially Towel Day. It is a tribute to a mostly harmless author named Douglas Adams.

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Stay Safe And Legal on the Water this Weekend: Or Else

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COLUMBUS – The arrival of a three-day Fourth of July holiday weekend, July 3-5, signals what is generally the busiest recreational boating weekend of the season. Ohio boaters can expect continued law enforcement activities on state waterways, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Watercraft.

“Our focus this Fourth of July holiday weekend will remain on removing impaired boaters from our waterways and enforcing all boating rules,” said Pamela Dillon, chief of the Division of Watercraft. “These efforts are shared among additional officers at the local, state and federal levels, such as our marine patrol partners and U.S. Coast Guard.”

During the past weekend, June 25-27, Division of Watercraft officers participated in a nationwide crackdown called Operation Dry Water to remove boaters impaired by alcohol and drugs from state waterways. The operation resulted in the arrests of 11 intoxicated boaters and 198 other alcohol and boating-related violations. A total of 3,810 boaters were contacted during the weekend enforcement action.

Boat operators are considered legally impaired by alcohol consumption if the blood alcohol content is .08 percent or higher, similar to Ohio’s motor vehicle laws. The Division of Watercraft says that reducing the number of alcohol-related boating accidents and fatalities is essential to further improving waterways safety.

“Our message is to boat sober, wear a life jacket while boating and observe the boating rules of the road and our boating laws to keep boating a safe activity for everyone,” said Dillon.

During last year’s Operation Dry Water, the Division of Watercraft made 12 arrests of intoxicated boaters, two drug-related arrests and issued more than 100 citations for additional alcohol and boating-related violations statewide. For more information, visit

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources 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: Day 11-Go Boating

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Well, I’m taking the night off to re-coup a little. And I know I’m actually a day ahead: I posted once one mornaing and meant to schedule the after work post, but posted it in the evening instead. And I’ve kept caught up, even though I haven’t really gotten any ideas saved up.

So Here’s an easy one: Get the Boat Out. Go to Lake Milton, Berlin, Mosquito, Pymatuning State Park, Portage LAkes, Guilford Lake or any of the other area Lakes. Take your water skis, yourfishing poles, a picnic and the family. Have fun.

And, yes, I know the fishing page is in dire need of a makeover. it was one of the first pages I ever did and it kinda just sits there, getting no visits. I’ll start building it. I promise

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Lake Erie Access Portal: Info on 164 Ways to Get to the Lake

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164 Public Access Sites in the eight counties along Ohio’s 312-mile Lake Erie Shore featured in new ODNR Publication and Web site

Sandusky, OH – Just in time for summer recreation, a new publication and companion Web site will guide you to Ohio’s public beaches, bluffs and bays along the state’s 312-mile Lake Erie shore, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

The Lake Erie Public Access Guidebook was developed by the ODNR Office of Coastal Management in partnership with the ODNR Office of External Affairs. The guidebook includes general information about Lake Erie and specific details about the 164 sites within Ohio’s eight coastal counties where the public can access the Buckeye State’s greatest natural resource.

Collectively, the 164 public access sites account for more than 15,000 acres, and nearly 53 miles of shore, which is approximately 17 percent of Ohio’s coast. Sites range from the well known to the rarely heard of and include state, county, city, village and township parks, preserves and reservations; state wildlife areas; public cemeteries; memorials and monuments; lighthouses; as well as dead-end road rights-of-way and scenic vistas.

Information in the Lake Erie Public Access Guidebook was collected by the Office of Coastal Management between 2005 and 2010, and verified via interviews with local officials and park managers. The 326-page printed guidebook is geographically organized from west to east, beginning in Toledo in Lucas County and moving to Conneaut in Ashtabula County.

Each site is represented by vibrant pictures, illustrative narratives, colorful maps, latitude/longitude coordinates, amenity keys and “Learn more” information to help you discover the perfect spot to spend your day or even your week. It’s the perfect size for backpacks, glove boxes and tackle boxes.

The online guidebook can be viewed by selecting “Access” in the top navigation line Each access site can be downloaded and printed from its respective Web page; county chapters and the entire guidebook can also be downloaded and printed.

Printed copies of the Lake Erie Public Access Guidebook will be available at locations throughout Ohio’s Lake Erie watershed by July (a list of distribution sites will be available online). Later this summer, the guidebook will be distributed at the ODNR Natural Resources Park Information Booth at the Ohio State Fair from July 28 to August 8.

The Office of Coastal Management works to achieve a balance between use and preservation of Lake Erie’s coastal resources, in collaboration with our partners, by effectively administering the Ohio Coastal Management Program.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources 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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"Paddle at the Point" World Record: Video

Here’s a time lapse video of the record setting “Paddle at the Point” event last Saturday. Sorry I Couldn’t Make: Jamie’s Graduation intervened.

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Buying, Registering and Titling a Used Boat in Ohio

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COLUMBUS, OH – Finding a boat to fit your needs may mean purchasing a used boat instead of a new boat. When buying a used boat from a private seller, whether it’s your neighbor or through a newspaper or online ad, it’s important to ensure your purchase is legal, which allows for proper registration and titling.

Whatever type of used boat you are buying, the same general rules apply. Follow these tips and you can buy a used boat with confidence, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Watercraft.

Most importantly, know the titling and registration laws for boats not only in the state where you live (, but also the state where the boat is coming from. Know if the boat/outboard motor is required to have a title, because if you buy a boat that should have a title but doesn’t, you likely won’t be able to register it. All out-of-state boats, boats that do not have a 12-character hull ID, and boats without a proper title need to be inspected by a State Watercraft Officer before an Ohio title (or a registration) can be issued. All outboard motors that are 10 HP and more are required to be titled in the State of Ohio, but not registered.

Other homework to do before contacting the seller:

Before you buy, call your local State Watercraft office to clarify what you are going to need, paper-wise, to legally register the boat; be sure to include all related details when you call, such as: “I’m looking at buying a 16-ft. fishing boat with a 40HP outboard from a guy in Indiana. What do I need to get it registered in Ohio?” This will keep surprises to a minimum, help you determine the worth of the boat, and ensure legal registration and titling in Ohio.

When you contact the seller, be sure to ask:

  • Is the boat registered in Ohio? If so, what are the “OH” numbers?
  • Do you have the registration paper or card for this boat? Is it in your name?
  • Do you have a title (if required by state law) for this boat outboard motor if 10 HP or more and being purchased in Ohio in your name? If the title is not in the seller’s name, you may not be able to title the boat/outboard motor in your name – which means you won’t ever be able to register it.
  • Why are you selling the boat? This question can give you some clues as to how well the boat has been looked after before you even see it.
  • What comes with the boat (trailer, safety equipment, etc.)? If the equipment needed to transport or operate the boat is not included, build that into your cost for purchasing the boat. NOTE: If a trailer is involved, be sure the required paperwork is included for it, too. Trailers in Ohio are registered through the Bureau of Motor Vehicles annually, like car license plates. That is a different procedure from getting the boat registration changed.

If any of the answers seem suspicious or if the seller is not forthcoming with information, walk away. For more information on boat registration and titling requirements, call 1-877-4Boater (toll free in Ohio) or 614-265-6480.

When you meet the seller in person:

  • Ask to see his/her photo ID, the title (if the boat/outboard motor requires one) and the registration.
  • Make sure the hull ID number on the registration and the serial number on the outboard motor matches the title (if the boat/outboard motor requires a title). Make sure the seller’s name is on both documents.
  • Look at the boat’s maintenance log. This should list all services, repairs and oil changes. If it’s missing, it can be hard to tell how well the boat has been looked after.
  • You should also ask what the boat was used for, which may affect its condition. For example, boats that are used mainly for skiing tend to run up a large number of engine hours. However, this may not be an issue if the boat was properly maintained.

When checking out the boat itself:

  • Find the hull ID number and make sure it doesn’t look like it has been tampered with and that it matches the number on the boat’s registration and title documents. Write it down or make a pencil tracing (place the paper over the hull ID and rub the side of the pencil lead over the stamp or etching).
  • Look at obvious features, such as the gel coat, woodwork and upholstery. If these haven’t been maintained then there’s a good chance the rest of the boat has not had much care either.
  • Inspect all wooden decking and interior woodwork for any soft spots.
  • Are any parts of the exterior paintwork poorly matched? This may indicate an accident which, in itself, may not be enough to dismiss the boat, but if the owner has not already mentioned it to you, then what else have they not told you?
  • Check that all control cables are in good working order.
  • Look for water lines inside the boat or on the engine. These would indicate that the boat has flooded in the past.
  • Open and close all the hatches and sea cocks to ensure they’re in good working order. If there are any water marks inside the hatches, it would indicate that they are no longer water-tight.
  • Test out all the systems: bilge pump, winches, freshwater system, lights, heater and air conditioning, generator, stove etc.
  • Check that all hardware is attached firmly, and that electrical items and connections are free from rust.
  • On a sail boat, check that all the sails and rigging are in good working order by rigging the boat.

Check the engine:

  • Check for the presence of oil in the bilges—a sign of an oil leak.
  • Check for any oil leaks around gaskets and hoses.
  • Inspect the level and condition of the oil. A milky appearance to the oil is a sign that water may be leaking into the engine. A burned smell or any grit in the oil is additional indications of mechanical problems, while a chalky residue on the engine or drive would signal that the engine has been running hot.
  • Pull out one of the spark plugs and examine it for age. If it’s old, perhaps the engine hasn’t been serviced as often as it should.
  • Examine all the hoses and belts. Are they cracked or degraded? Smell for fuel leaks, and check that the fuel tanks are sound.
  • Get a compression check on the engine or have a boat mechanic check it out for you.

Buying the boat

  • If the boat hasn’t been tested on the water, include that as a contingency in the purchase agreement.
  • Be sure you have all the paperwork before you pay.
  • Pay with a cashier’s check made out to the seller.
  • The boat and outboard motor (if 10 HP or more) must be titled within 30 days after purchase. The boat can not be registered until the title (if a title is required) is transferred in your name. This also is required to be completed within 30 days.

Once you have your boat legally titled and register, it’s time to go boating. Information on boating safety programs, tips and where to enjoy boating may be found at

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources 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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National Get Outdoors Day:MRC Kayak, 31-Mile Picnic and Hike to PA

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Taken Directly from the Mahoning River Consortium Newsletter and Website:

Special June Event: “31-mile Riverside Picnic Party”
When: June 12, 2010 (sunup to sundown).
Where: All along the Mahoning River!
What: The idea of this event is to get as many families, groups, and individuals of the Mahoning Valley as possible to picnic somewhere, anywhere, along the river on this day. The goal of the MRC’s is to get folks to see the beauty of the river, so they will want that beauty embellished by the cleaning of pollutants from the river bed. We would like canoers, kayakers and motor boaters to cruise the river that day; and hikers and runners to cruise the shoreline. We picked June 12 because that is the second ‘National Get Outdoors Day.’

BYOK: From Mill Creek to Center Street
Start Date/Time: Saturday, June 12, 2010 10:00 AM
End Date/Time: Saturday, June 12, 2010 1:00 PM
Recurring Event: One time event
Importance: Normal Priority
Category: Recreation
Description: Today is “National Get Outdoors Day.” The Mahoning River Consortium is participating with a “31-mile Riverside Picnic Party.” This special kayak is offered for ADVANCED kayakers with their own boats. Free, but call FNC by June 11 to register and for details
Along the Mahoning
Start Date/Time: Saturday, June 12, 2010 8:00 PM
End Date/Time: Saturday, June 12, 2010 10:00 PM
Recurring Event: One time event
Importance: Normal Priority
Category: Hikes & Walks
Description: We’ll support the Mahoning River Consortium’s participation in today’s “National Get Outdoors Day” with this hike to Pennsylvania and back. You’ll be treated to wonderful views of the Mahoning River! Meet at the newly repaved Stavich Bicycle Trail at the eastern end of East Liberty Street in Lowellville. Moderate difficulty due to length and hill, 4 miles.
Recreational Hikes are generally fast-paced for outdoor exercise.
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