In June, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) launched the Paddle Ohio initiative to promote paddling on Ohio’s state-designated wild, scenic and recreational rivers and water trails.
To help launch the initiative, ODNR sponsored regional kick-off events on the Sandusky State Scenic River, Grand River State Wild and Scenic River, Stillwater State Scenic River, and Kokosing State Scenic River and Water Trail.
The Paddle Ohio initiative will reward individuals who paddle four of Ohio’s wild, scenic and recreational rivers or water trails with a commemorative pin. Participants simply submit information about their four paddling trips on the Paddle Ohio registration form at paddle.ohiodnr.gov, and ODNR will mail the pin to qualifying individuals.
Future plans include a series of pins paddlers will be able to collect for paddling up to 20 different segments of Ohio’s wild, scenic and recreational rivers or water trails.
Ohio pioneered the river preservation movement in 1968 with the passage of the nation’s first scenic rivers act. This legislation created a state movement to protect Ohio’s high quality streams for future generations.
Information on Ohio’s scenic rivers and water trails can be found at: watercraft.ohiodnr.gov/scenicrivers.
source: Ohio Department of Natural Resources