You can now win FishOhio-style pins just for paddling popular Ohio waterways. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) new Paddle Ohio program rewards individuals with a commemorative pin each time they paddle four different Ohio wild, scenic and recreational rivers, water trails or select state park lakes. To participate in the program, all you have to do is submit information about your four paddling trips on the Paddle Ohio registration form at paddle.ohiodnr.gov and the agency will mail you a pin this fall.
Pins are available for paddlers who paddle four, eight, 12, 16 and up to a maximum of 20 different segments of designated Paddle Ohio waters. Maps and more information on Ohio’s scenic rivers are available from the ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft at watercraft.ohiodnr.gov/scenicrivers.
Organized paddling events conducted
Although folks are encouraged to paddle at their convenience to earn their pins, the ODNR is offering a series of Paddle Ohio canoe floats this summer to promote paddling on Ohio’s state-designated wild, scenic and recreational rivers, water trails and select state park lakes. Floats are planned on Stillwater/Greenville Creek, Little Miami, Maumee and Mohican state scenic rivers, which qualify for Paddle Ohio pins recognition.
For more information about the events, including registration and possible time changes or float cancellations, visit paddle.ohiodnr.gov. Meanwhile, here is what’s coming up for the balance of the summer.
Saturday and Sunday, July 22 and 23 “Lake Fest” at Cowan Lake State Park. Beginning Saturday at 1 p.m., visitors to Cowan Lake State Park will find a variety of opportunities for canoeing, kayaking and paddleboarding. Overnight camping options are available. For more information, contact Sarah Blair at email@example.com.
Saturday, Aug. 12, on the Maumee Scenic River. This “Canoeing with Crawfish” float runs from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Participants will meet at Otsego Park in Bowling Green. Enjoy a scenic float with ODNR staff who will share interesting river features, and investigate the critters who call the river home. To register, visit reservations.woodcountyparkdistrict.org/programs.
Sunday, Sept. 3, on the Little Miami Scenic River. This canoe float runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Participants will meet at the Caesar Creek State Park campground and shuttle to the Little Miami River. An electrofishing demonstration will be included. To register, contact Melissa Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, Sept. 20 on the Maumee Scenic River. This “Canoeing with Crawfish” float runs from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Participants will meet at Otsego Park in Bowling Green. Enjoy a scenic float with ODNR staff who will share interesting river features, and investigate the critters who call the river home. To register, visit reservations.woodcountyparkdistrict.org/programs.