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 ohiodnr.com.

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:

http://www.jrava.org/enjoy-the-james/interpretive-paddle-series

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