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ODNR to host Paddle Palooza Festival at Maumee Bay State Park

 

MAUMEE, June 26, 2018: The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) will host the Paddle Palooza Festival at Maumee Bay State Park for the third year in a row on Sunday July 9 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

 

This free, family-friendly event is a great opportunity to try a variety of different canoes and kayaks, as well as learn stand-up paddleboarding (SUP). Experts will also be on hand to share information about local paddling activities and resources.

A number of partners from Lucas, Ottawa and Wood counties will be available to assist with these free paddling demonstrations.

WHO:      ODNR divisions of Parks & Watercraft and Wildlife, Ohio
                Clean Marinas, Northwest Ohio River Runners, River Lures,
                Riverside Kayak Connection, Partners for Clean Streams,
                Metro Parks of the Toledo Area, Wood County Park District,
                US Coast Guard Auxiliary and Ottawa National Wildlife
                Refuge

WHAT:     ODNR Paddle Palooza Festival 

WHEN:    Sunday, July 9 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

WHERE:  Maumee Bay State Park Inland Lake area, 1400 State Park Road, Oregon, Ohio.

Canoeing and kayaking remain among the fastest growing of all outdoors recreation activities. Ohio ranked among the top ten states nationally in 2016 with a record 495,975 registered recreational watercraft. Among this total are the number of Ohio-registered canoes and kayaks, which has more than doubled from 70,279 in 2007 to 181,203 in 2016 – an increase of 158%.

Those numbers are expected to grow as the state continues to invest in the paddling community. From 2006 to 2016, more than $7 million was provided through community grant programs and publications. This 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.

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.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at
ohiodnr.gov.

 

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