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Ohio State Oarks Free Camping April 18th

English: Turtlehead Cave in Strouds Run State Park

English: Turtlehead Cave in Strouds Run State Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

COLUMBUS, OH – Pull out the camping gear, grab the makings for s’mores and leave the wallet at home for a night of free camping with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The night of free camping will be available at 54 campgrounds within Ohio State Parks on Thursday, April 18.

“I want to encourage Ohioans to start their weekend early by camping at one of our Ohio State Parks campgrounds for free,” said ODNR Director James Zehringer. “This is an excellent opportunity for families to explore new parts of Ohio and find out what is available within our state parks system.”

For this promotion, campers can make a free reservation for a stay that includes the Free Camping Day. To make the reservation, people must call the Ohio State Parks Reservation Call Center at866-644-6727. Customers can also reserve online but will pay the standard reservation fee. Walk-ins are also welcome on April 18, but space is limited.

For more information about Ohio State Parks campground availability, reservations and amenities, go to:

This promotion will not be available at Jackson Lake State Park or Strouds Run State Park, as these are concession-operated campgrounds.

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


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Earn Incentives at Ohio State Parks This Summer

COLUMBUS, OH – Vacationers who make their state park camping and cottage reservations now can enjoy rewards later as part of Ohio State Parks “March to the Parks – Bonus Points Madness” program, offered through March 31.

Ohio State Parks rewards members who book reservations during the month of March for stays any time in the next 12 months can receive 1,000 bonus rewards points for each reservation, in addition to the points they earn for each dollar spent on camping fees, getaway rental fees or select cottage rentals. The rewards card points can be redeemed in the future for free overnight stays.

“With warm weather and the camping season right around the corner, we want to encourage our loyal customers to plan their state park trips now and reward them for reserving early,” said Glen Cobb, deputy director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

The rewards program applies to camping fees in any of Ohio State Parks’ 55 family campgrounds or 16 horseman’s camps, getaway rentals at 38 state parks and cottage rental fees at Buck Creek, Cowan Lake, Dillon, Hocking Hills, Lake Hope, Mohican, Pike Lake and Pymatuning state parks. Day use facilities, including picnic shelters, pavilions, meeting rooms and day lodges at 57 state parks are also included in the rewards card program and the March bonus, when reservations are made. A schedule of points needed is available at

To take advantage of the “March to the Parks” program, customers must have an Ohio State Parks rewards card. Members can then book their reservations by calling 866-OHIOPARKS (866-644-6727) or visiting the website of the Ohio State Parks. Rewards membership cards are free and can also be reserved online and by phone as well as in person at any Ohio State Park business offices during normal business hours.

Campsites and getaway rentals can be reserved up to six months in advance, and cottages can be reserved up to one year in advance. Full payment for camping and getaway rental fees must be paid to secure the reservation. To streamline check-in, cottages also must be paid in full upon securing the registration.

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100 Days of Summer: 100 Recreational Areas Within 100 Miles

Within 25 Miles

Within 50 Miles

Within 75 miles

Within 100 Miles

How To Use this List:

  • I’ve kept State Parks and related State Forests as two lines. This might be cheating, but they usually offer different experiences.
  • Each Link goes directly to the appropriate site, not to a directory, wherever possible.
  • Scroll down to your favorite area. Look right above it. Have you been here? How about the area right below it?

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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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Target Recalls Circo Kids Camping Combo for Fire Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Circo Children’s Space Camp Combo Pack

Units: 1,500

Importer: Target Corp., of Minneapolis, Minn.

Hazard: The floor of the tent failed a flammability test and poses a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: None.

Description: The recall involves one model of the Circo Space Combo pack, which includes a children’s tent, sleeping bag, backpack and a headlamp. The tent is green and dark blue with planets, stars and figures printed on it. The packing box has the UPC number: 490911500926, DPCI: 091-15-0092.

Sold exclusively at: Target stores nationwide and online at from September 2010 through October 2010 for approximately $25.

Manufactured in: Bangladesh

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled tents and return them to any Target store for a full refund or store credit.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Target at (800) 440-0680 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at

Recalled Children's Camping Gear Picture

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Holiday Specials at Ohio State Parks

The Lodge at Geneva on the Lake
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COLUMBUS, OH – Stressed holiday shoppers looking for great gift ideas or for a relaxing getaway for holiday cheer can turn to Ohio State Parks for convenient shopping solutions and overnight stays.

An Ohio State Parks gift card is an appealing choice for anyone who likes to play outdoors or unwind in comfort.  Gift cards can be redeemed for camping, getaway rentals, cottage rentals or overnight stays in eight of Ohio’s luxurious state park lodges.  They can also be used for golfing at Ohio State Parks’ six public courses, for boat rentals at some state park marinas, or for food and merchandise purchases.

Ohio State Park gift cards, which are available in any denomination of $5 or more, can be purchased on-line from the state parks website, or in person at any state park office, or by calling 1-866-644-6727.

Ohio State Parks merchandise is now available on-line for the convenience of gift givers who prefer to provide a wrapped package.  Specialty apparel, books, toys, outdoor gear and nature themed items are offered through the on-line store at the state parks website,  All profits from the sale of these items benefit Ohio State Parks.

A variety of seasonal promotions and discounted rates on overnight stays are offered through the winter at state park lodges and cottages.  New Year’s Eve celebrations, along with specially priced theme weekends and family friendly packages are scheduled at the lodges at Burr Oak, Deer Creek, Geneva, Hueston Woods, Maumee Bay, Mohican, Punderson, Salt Fork and Shawnee.  Winter discounts at the state park cottages at Buck Creek, Cowan Lake, Dillon, Hocking Hills, Lake Hope, Mohican, Pike Lake and Pymatuning are $20 off the regular nightly rate on Sunday through Thursday nights, and $10 off on Friday and Saturday nights, January through March.  Information and reservations are available on the state parks website.

Customers who stay in Ohio State Park campgrounds or in select state park cottages can also receive extra value through the Ohio State Parks Rewards Card.  When they reserve their campsite or cottage, they can request a Rewards Card and earn points toward a free stay during a future state park visit.  Rewards card holders can also receive 25% off the regular nightly rate for overnight stays at the lodges at Burr Oak, Deer Creek, Hueston Woods, Maumee Bay, Mohican, Punderson, Salt Fork and Shawnee through April 1, 2011, based on availability.

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 website at

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100 Days of Summer: Day 96- Don't Let Mosquito Yurt You

360 Degree Yurt Panorama
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CORTLAND, OH – A ribbon cutting and dedication of the two “Yurt” getaway rentals at Mosquito Lake State Park campground will take place on Friday, September 3 at 4 p.m., according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

The traditional Yurt design features a round frame constructed of wooden lattice, covered by canvas.  The Mosquito Lake Yurts sleep four, and are furnished with futon bunk beds, refrigerator, microwave oven, grill and picnic table.  Each yurt is located on a scenic lakeside site, with a wrap-around deck that features a wheelchair accessible ramp.

The yurts were assembled by Mosquito Lake park staff with assistance from the staff of Pymatuning State Park.  The rental fee is $45 per night, and more than 200 nights have been rented or reserved since the yurts became available for rental on May 1.

WHAT:           Dedication of two Yurt getaway rentals at Mosquito Lake State Park

WHEN:           Friday, September 3 at 4 p.m.

WHO:              ODNR Director Sean Logan

Ohio State Parks Acting Chief John Hunter

Trumbull County Commissioner Daniel Polivka

WHERE:         Mosquito Lake State Park campground, located off State Route 305, about five miles north of Warren.  The campground entrance is located one-half mile north of S.R. 305 off Hoagland-Blackstub Road. The dedication ceremony will take place at the Yurt at campsite 216, on campground Road G.

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

PS.- I’ll go back and fill in the blanks in the 100 Days of Summer.

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100 Days of Summer: Day 39-Cheaper Camping at Grand Lake St. Mary's

Grand Lake St. Marys Lighthouse
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COLUMBUS, OH—In an effort to off-set lost revenues of local businesses and individuals, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is offering deep discounts on camping and shelter house rentals at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park.

Campsite fees and shelter house rentals at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park are being discounted by 50 percent. Discounts will be offered until December 31, 2010. For existing reservations, discounts will be applied at the time of arrival.

“Discounting ODNR services may be unprecedented, but the problem at Grand Lake St Marys is also unprecedented. We are taking the steps we can to attract visitors, and these camping and shelter house discounts are one way to help.” said ODNR Director Sean Logan. “Every dollar spent at the state park by each visitor brings benefits that reach far beyond our own marinas and other facilities.

Reservations for Grand Lake St. Marys may be made by calling toll-free (866) OHIOPARKS (644-6727) or on-line at When making a camping reservation, please select the “Grand Lake Special” from the drop-down menu for discounts. No other discounts will apply to this special discount, which is being offered exclusively at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park.

Grand Lake St. Marys State Park offers a variety of overnight and day-use activities including: 176 electric campsites and 28 non-electric sites; full service camp store; bike rentals; miniature golf; basketball and volleyball courts; playground equipment; dog park; and free WiFi.

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 35- Run for Your Lives!

This video of a storm front approaching a beach ( Either the UK or Sweden, but not, obviously, both) has been making the rounds on teh internet. Enjoy the awesome majesty of mother nature and gaze in awe at the people who just, umm, stand there and watch it. REalize not everyone is familiar with the concept of tornado watches:

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100 Days of Summer: Day 34- Enjoy the Perseid Meteor Shower this Week

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Perseid Meteor shower starting Wednesday, Aug. 11th and going through the 13th. According to, this year’s should be good as we are passing through the thickest part of the Swift-Tuttle Comet’s debris trail during the new moon, so light pollution is minimal.

So take out the telescope, get out to the lake, and enjoy the show.

Real Quick- Jamie’s got less than 20 days till she moves to Columbus to attend CCAD, so times getting tight around the house. I really want to start getting two of these in a day to make up for lost time. We should be on day 50 now.

Then to top it all off,  I’ve updated WordPress to the newest version and I have a plug-in crashing, giving me the White Screen of Death. This is where the Admin Dashboard won’t load, making it hard to write new posts.  So I’ve been working on it and I can get it up and running, but then something gets written and it comes crashing back.

So if anyone wants a PR3 link back to their site, send a guest Post to I’ll post them along with any bio you give me and a link back. I appreciate the help.

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