Erie Islands Water Trail Celebration Comes to Oak Point State Park

Ohio water trailsThe Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) invites you to Oak Point State Park on South Bass Island Tuesday, 6 August 2019 at 10:30am, 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.

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.

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 require transport on the shuttle and if you will need a kayak by sending email to heidi.evans”at”dnr.ohio.gov 

Interested attendees are encouraged to depart from Catawba on the Miller Ferry at 9 a.m. (cost is 7.50 per adult one-way or $15 per adult roundtrip). For more information on ferry tickets, please visit www.millerferry.com. 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 9 a.m. 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 1 p.m. ferry back to Catawba.




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