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National Safe Boating Week: Ohio Events

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COLUMBUS, OH – As Ohioans prepare for the summer boating season, which traditionally begins Memorial Day weekend, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is reminding all recreational boaters of the importance in properly wearing an approved life jacket or vest while boating.

“Four people died this year in boating-related accidents—none of them were wearing a life jacket,” said Pamela Dillon, chief, ODNR Division of Watercraft. “We believe that a good boating experience is a safe one and boating safety begins with the choices boaters make before leaving the dock, such as wearing an approved life jacket.”

In observance of National Safe Boating Week, which runs May 22-28, the Division of Watercraft kicks off its third “ Wear It Ohio!” summer life jacket awareness campaign at Alum Creek, East Fork, Caesar Creek Lake and Portage Lakes state parks. The campaign includes special promotional events at each of the four lakes, from May 22 through July 25, focusing on a life jacket loaner program. Eligible participants may qualify to receive, on loan, free use of a new U.S. Coast Guard approved inflatable life vest during the 2010 boating season.

In addition, state and local marine patrol officers will conduct free vessel safety inspections this weekend at various public boat launch ramps statewide. The free courtesy inspections are offered  to ensure that boaters have the required safety equipment on board their boats and that it is in good working condition.

As National Safe Boating Week concludes during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, the Division of Watercraft will launch its statewide boating safety awareness public service message campaign to remind boaters of the importance of wearing a life jacket and staying sober while boating. Boating safety messages will be broadcast each weekend during the summer on more than 40 radio stations and several cable TV systems.

“We have seen a 33 percent decline in boating-related fatalities on Ohio waterways over the past decade as more boaters become aware of the importance of boating safety,” said Chief Dillon.

A complete listing of “Wear It Ohio!” events, as well as information on boating safety programs, tips and where to enjoy boating, may be found atwww.ohiodnr.com/watercraft.

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 www.ohiodnr.com

(Editor’s Note – A complete listing of Wear It Ohio! events follows below.)

Alum Creek Lake State ParkDelaware County

  • May 22, Hollenback Ramp, 11am-3pm
  • May 30, New Galena Ramp, 11am-3pm
  • June 20, Cheshire Ramp, 11am-3pm
  • June 26, Hollenback Ramp, 11am-3pm
  • July 10, New Galena Ramp, 11am-3pm
  • July 24, Cheshire Ramp, 11am-3pm

Caesar Creek State ParkWarren County

  • May 22, Wellman Meadow Ramp, 9am–1pm
  • May 30, North Pool Ramp, 9am–1pm
  • June 6, Furnas Shores Ramp, Noon-4pm
  • June 19, “Beach/Lake Fest” at the Beach, Noon–4pm
  • July 17, Wellman Meadow Ramp, 10am-2pm
  • July 25, North Pool Ramp, 10am-2pm

East Fork LakeClermont County

  • May 22, Tate Ramp,11am-3pm
  • May 23, Tate Ramp, 11am-3pm
  • June 12, Tate Ramp, 11am-3pm
  • June 13, Tate Ramp, 11am-3pm
  • July 10, Tate Ramp, 11am-3pm
  • July 11, Tate Ramp, 11am-3pm

Portage Lakes State ParkSummit County

  • May 22, Manchester Road Ramp, 10am-2pm
  • June 5, State Park Drive Ramp, 10am-2pm
  • June 13, State Park Drive Ramp, 10am-2pm
  • June 27, Manchester Road Ramp, 10am-2pm
  • July 10, On the water from a pontoon boat, 1-5pm
  • July 11, Demo Day on the Beach, Noon-4pm– Try out different types of powerboats, PWC, canoes and kayaks. Pontoon boat rides also available.
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Kayaking Lake Newport: Mill Creek Park, May 16th

Just got back from Kayaking in Mill Creek Park With the Girls:

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I know I say this is the first Podcast. I’ve got the PodPress Plugin up and running. That’s the embedded Player instead of Youtube. But I haven’t set up the RSS feed or iTunes yet.

Also, this video came out really short. Jamie was kind of embarrassed to be caught video taping this short paddle. I’ll get some video next week at the Venture Outdoors Fest in Pittsburgh and finish setting it up.

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Muskingum Locks Open May 15th: Lock 9 Closed for repair

COLUMBUS, OH – The historic locks along the Muskingum River will open for the season on May 15, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).  However, Philo Lock 9 will be closed for construction repairs; an opening date has not yet been determined because water levels will impact project completion.

Spring operational hours for the locks are 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed from 2 to 2:30 p.m., on Saturdays and Sundays.  Extended hours for the Memorial Day holiday are 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday through Monday of the holiday weekend, closing from 2 to 2:30 p.m. each day.

Summer operational hours will begin on June 4 and are 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed from 2 – 2:30 p.m., on Fridays and Mondays, and 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., closed from 2 to 2:30 p.m., on Saturdays and Sundays.

The 10 historic locks along the Muskingum River are operated by Ohio State Parks.  They were built in 1841 and are still operated by hand cranking.  In 2001 the lock system was designated as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers. For more information, contact the Dillon State Park Region office at (740) 453-4377.

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 ohiodnr.com.

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Free Boat Safety Inspections Schedule

The Maumee River at Mary Jane Thurston State Park
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COLUMBUS, OHIO – Keep recreational boating a safe and pleasurable experience by taking advantage of the free vessel safety inspections offered by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Watercraft and its boating partners.

Free to the public, more than 70 safety inspections have been scheduled through early June, according to the Division of Watercraft. These inspections help increase safety awareness just as many Ohioans are launching their boats for the first time this year. A complete listing of vessel safety inspections may be found at http://ohiodnr.com/watercraft/areas/tabid/2487/Default.aspx.

Date Time Location
May 8 Noon -3pm Geneva State Park
May 15 10am-2pm Ashtabula Yacht Club
May 16 11am-2pm Riverside Yacht Club/Harbor Yacht Club
May 22 8am-Noon Conneaut Ramp
9-11am Caesar Creek Wellman Ramp
10am-Noon Atwood Lake Main Ramp
Dillon Lake Big Run Ramp
East Fork Lake North Shore Ramp
East Fork Lake Tate Ramp
Salt Fork Morning Glory Ramp
Seneca Lake Main Ramp
10am-Noon; 1-3pm Pleasant Hill Lake Public Ramp
Tappan Lake Route 250 Ramp
10am-4pm Huron Lagoons Marina
Channel Park Marina on Cuyahoga River
11am-1pm Alum Creek Hollenback Ramp
Buckeye Lake Liebs Island Ramp
Knox Lake North Ramp/Knox Marine
May 23 7-11am Pymatuning Lake Padanarum Ramp
9-11am Buck Creek
10-11:30am Cooley Canal Lucas County Ramp
10am-Noon Burr Oak Dock #4
Catawba Island State Park in Ottawa County
Dillon Marina Ramp
East Fork Lake Tate Ramp
Ohio River Schmidt Field Ramp
Salt Fork Ramp
Seneca Lake Main Ramp
10am-Noon; 1-3pm Charles Public Mill Ramp
Leesville Public Ramp
11am-1pm Alum Creek New Galena Ramp
Delaware State Park Main Marina Ramp
Buckeye Lake North Shore Ramp
Hoover Reservoir Red Bank Ramp
1-2pm Napoleon City Boat Ramp in Henry County
1-3pm Cullen Park Boat Ramp in Lucas County
2-4pm Sandusky Ramp in Erie County
3-4pm Mary Jane Thurston State Park Ramp in Henry County
May 24 5-7pm Deer Creek West Ramp
5:30-7pm Maple Street Ramp in Wood County
May 26 10am-2pm Lorain Hot Waters Launch Ramp on the Black River
10am-5pm Bass Pro Shops – Rossford
May 28 1-5pm Geneva State Park
5-7pm Hueston Woods
May 29 10am-4pm Edgewater Yacht Club on Lake Erie
1-3pm Jacks
May 31 9am-3pm Rocky River Boat Ramp
June 5 10am-4pm Lakeside Yacht Club on Lake Erie
Noon -2pm Brockway
June 9 10am-2pm Spitzer Lakeside Marina on Lake Erie/Black River
June 13 10am-2pm Spitzer Riverside Marina on the Black River
10am-3pm Roaming Rock
June 19 Noon-2pm Riverside Yacht Club/Harbor Yacht Club
June 26 10am-2pm Maple Grove Marina on the Vermilion River
June 27 10am-2pm Ashtabula Yacht Club
July 3 1-4pm Geneva State Park
July 11 Noon-3pm Redbrook Boat Club
July 17 10am-2pm Jacks
July 31 Noon-3pm Roaming

Watercraft officers provide written courtesy inspection reports that allow boat owners to make any recommended improvements to their boating safety equipment. These inspections typically examine the condition of fire extinguishers, horns, navigational lights and distress signals, as well as life jackets and vests, which must be kept in good condition and readily accessible to all boat occupants.

Information on required safety equipment, boating rules and other boating programs is available online at www.ohiodnr.com/watercraft.

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 www.ohiodnr.com.

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Bestselling Inflatable Kayaks

Regular readers Know I love my Little Coleman Inflatable Kayaks. So here’s a quick list of Amazon’s Bestselling Kayaks.

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Public Meetic: Vermilion River Proposed SceniC River Designation

Vermilion River
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COLUMBUS – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Watercraft invites the public to attend a special Open House community meeting to share information on a proposed designation of a portion of the Vermilion River as an Ohio State Scenic River. The first in a series of open houses will be held on Wednesday, May 5 from 7-9 p.m. at the Vermilion-on-the-Lake Community Center Clubhouse, located at 3780 Edgewater Boulevard in Vermilion.

Topics to be covered include landowner property rights, provisions of the state scenic rivers law, results of an ODNR scenic river designation study, resolutions of support and benefits of scenic river designation. Staff from the Division of Watercraft, which manages the Ohio Scenic Rivers Program, will be on-hand to answer questions and share information about the program.

The Division of Watercraft plans to hold additional open houses to address interests associated with various sections of the Vermilion River included in the proposed scenic river designation.

Additionally, ODNR will continue to accept written comments from the public on the proposed scenic river designation of the Vermilion River in Erie and Lorain and counties. Written comments may be sent to: Chief, ODNR Division of Watercraft, 2045 Morse Rd., Building A-3, Columbus, OH 43229 or by email at:  watercraft@dnr.state.oh.us

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 www.ohiodnr.com.

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