Sunday, June 19, 2016

Ohio Paddlesports Popularity

Paddlesports in Ohio have increased in popularity over the past several years, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

In 2015, more than 161,000 Ohioans registered canoes, kayaks or other paddle-specific watercraft. Over the last decade (2006-2015), Ohio’s kayak and canoe registrations (including liveries) have increased 138 percent.

The state expects the sport to grow as the state continues to invest in the paddling community.

From 2006 to 2015, more than $7 million was provided through community grant programs and publications. support provided carry-in and small boat access, as well as hands-on skill development through local education and recreation programs, including Paddle Palooza festivals and the Paddle Ohio program.

It also funded publications detailing stream access and paddling opportunities.

Ohio's water resources include 451 miles of the Ohio River, approximately one-third the entire surface area of Lake Erie, more than 605 inland lakes and more than 60,000 miles of inland streams, rivers and, other waterways.

Ohio is one of only seven states in the nation where admission and parking at state parks are free.

For more information, visit the ODNR website at

source: Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Monday, June 13, 2016

2016 James River Paddle Series

The James River Association is partnering with local outfitters throughout the watershed to offer a series of afternoon paddles in 2016.

The James River Interpretive Paddle is intended to educate and inspire participants to become paddlers and better stewards of natural resources.

Registration is limited.

For more information, visit:

source: James River Association

Friday, June 3, 2016

Baltimore Flotilla for a Healthy Harbor 2016

The "Baltimore Flotilla for a Healthy Harbor” paddle event is scheduled to occur in the Northwest Harbor and Baltimore Inner Harbor on June 11, 2016, from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Up to 200 pre-registered paddlers will operate kayaks, canoes, and standup paddle boards (SUP) on a designated, 5-mile route from the Canton Waterfront Park to the Maryland Science Center, and return. A second launch site is located at Tide Point.

Participants will proceed along the shoreline in groups of 10 to 15 paddlers to form a larger gathering and attend an on-water rally at the Maryland Science Center planned at 10:30 a.m.

Paddlers will be supported by, and kept clear of the navigable channel using, sponsor-provided motorized skiffs.

The Coast Guard advises mariners to use caution when transiting the area and remain alert for participating watercraft and their support vessels. 

Official patrol personnel on scene can be contacted on marine band radio VHF-FM channel 16.

For any comments or questions contact Coast Guard Sector Maryland-National Capital Region, Waterways Management Division, at (410) 576-2674 or (410) 576-2693.

source: Fifth Coast Guard District Local Notice to Mariners

Monday, October 19, 2015

Conneaut Creek Access (Pennsylvania)

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) recently approved the acquisition of an easement on 1,600 linear feet along Conneaut Creek as it flows across property owned by the Borough of Conneautville, Crawford County.

The easement will be for public fishing, boating and riparian and fishery management. The PFBC will also acquire easements for parking and a footpath to provide access to the creek.

The easement area is located north of Route 198. Conneaut Creek provides significant steelhead fishing opportunities in the area.

source: Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Maryland Golden Age Pass Ramp Fees Abolished

Maryland's Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced that Golden Age Pass holders will no longer have to pay a fee to use state park boat launches or ramps.

Golden Age Passes entitle Maryland adults, ages 62 and older, to a lifetime of free day-use entry into all state parks, as well as half price camping Sunday through Thursday.

The change in policy is part of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s agenda to eliminate or reduce $51 million in state-issued fees.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Kayaks vs. Canoes at North Bend State Park WV

At North Bend State Park in West Virginia, beginning paddlers can choose a kayak, canoe, or both as part of the Quest program.

The Park's Quest program will continue offering kayak or canoe adventures on North Bend Lake into September.

“The Quest program caught the attention of many people this summer,” said North Bend State Park Supt. Steve Jones. “By far, the most requested activity was learning how to use a kayak or a canoe.”

Quest rates have been reduced to encourage mid-week fall bookings. Two people can stay overnight at North Bend Lodge Sunday through Thursday and have use of a kayak or canoe with instruction.

The 305-acre North Bend Lake is quiet and a perfect setting to enjoy a September getaway, according to Park officials.

The park also features an October mid-week reduced lodge rate for travelers “leaf peeping” in the Ritchie county area.

To learn more about North Bend State Park and its Quest program, visit or call 304-643-2931.

source: West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (

Thursday, July 16, 2015

PFBC Kayak Fishing Programs

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has scheduled two programs to provide an opportunity for anglers or kayak enthusiasts to learn about the basics of in kayak fishing.

PFBC Kayak Fishing Programs will be held at these locations:

July 18, Bald Eagle State Park – Hunter Run East launch, Centre County, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.  (For more information or to register)

August 1, Moraine State Park – Bear Run launch, Butler County, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (For more information or to register)

“During each program, participants will learn about basic kayak skills and safety, how to rig or outfit a kayak for fishing, and learn about black bass and panfish fishing techniques,” said Carl Richardson, PFBC Education Section Manager. “Commission staff and local kayak fishing experts will lead the instruction. Participants will then have an opportunity to make use of what they learned during an open fishing session.”

Jeff Woleslagle will be the guest instructor at the July 18 program. He is a freelance writer for the Pennsylvania Angler and Boater magazine with an expertise in kayak fishing.

Noah Heck will be the guest instructor at the August 1 program. He is an avid kayak angler who is the co-founder of the Kayak Anglers of Western PA tournament series.

Participants must be 16 years of age or older and have a valid Pennsylvania fishing license. This program is limited to 40 participants and pre-registration is required. There will be no registrations accepted the day of the event.

source: Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission