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ODNR Offering Grants To Improve Hand-Powered Boating Access In Ohio

16 Jan , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Parks and Watercraft is offering $500,000 in grants to improve boating access for hand-powered watercraft at public facilities across the state. Applicants may request up to $75,000 for a single project during the grant period.

“Ohio has experienced extraordinary growth in paddle sports in recent years,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “This grant will provide funding for new opportunities, such as improving access sites and connecting paddlers to local amenities, which will enhance local economies and tourism for years to come.” More…


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ODNR To Offer $3 Million In Grants To Improve Local Motorized Boating Access

20 Dec , 2020  

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) will offer $3 million in grant funding to improve motorized boat access at public facilities across the state.

“Ohio has experienced record-breaking boat registrations and boating facility usage the past year,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “The Cooperative Boating Facility grant will provide much-needed funding for our community partners to make important investments for local boating facilities.”

Managed by ODNR’s Division of Parks and Watercraft, the Cooperative Boating Facility grant is a competitive grant program offering 100% reimbursement to eligible political subdivisions, such as municipalities, townships, counties, joint recreational districts, park districts, and conservancy districts, and state and federal agencies.

Eligible projects include launch ramps, lighting, and restrooms as well as designated ramp parking areas and docks including courtesy, boarding, and transient. The grant period runs from July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2023. More…


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Kayak By Twilight

10 Jun , 2018  

This summer, enjoy Twilight Kayaking Tours of Pleasant Hill Lake and watch the sun set over the water.

Great for both beginning kayakers as well as those who have paddled before, this is a leisurely opportunity to connect with nature under the watchful eye of certified instructors. More…


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ODNR Encourages Boating Education As Spring Nears

9 Mar , 2017  

During the week of March 19-25, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) are encouraging boaters to ‘Spring Aboard’ by enrolling in a boating education course. This national boating safety campaign was created to help educate boaters and reduce the number of serious boating accidents.

“The ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft wants to ensure every effort is made to promote boater safety and encourage education on the water,” said Mike Bailey, chief of the ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft. “The Spring Aboard campaign is a great tool we use to help limit the number of serious accidents that occur on Ohio’s waterways.” More…