The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (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.
The 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, paddlers may submit information about their four paddling trips on the Paddle Ohio registration form at paddle.ohiodnr.gov. ODNR will mail pins to qualifying individuals at the end of the 2017 boating season. 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.
Although people are encouraged to paddle at their convenience, a number of scheduled events are planned throughout the summer, including floats on Stillwater/Greenville Creek, Little Miami, Maumee and Mohican state scenic rivers. For more information about the events, including registration and possible time changes or float cancellations, visit paddle.ohiodnr.gov.
The ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft is responsible for managing Ohio’s 74 state parks and providing the finest outdoor recreational opportunities, including first-class boating services, facilities and law enforcement for users of Ohio’s waterways and public lands.