“In following Robert Pond through the pages of Follow the Blue Blazes, I find myself at turns in the company of a sharp scout, a kindly neighbor, an inspirational teacher, and – if I may say so – a kindred spirit to the likes of Thoreau and Robert Louis Stevenson.” – Steven M. Newman
Unique Among Hiking Trails Is The One that forms a complete loop around the state of Ohio. That 1,200-mile trail is called the Buckeye Trail. Showing the way on tree trunks, rocks, and other natural signposts are the blue painted markings called “the blue blazes.” In Follow the Blue Blazes, the reader embarks on a journey to discover a part of Ohio largely unseen except along this great path. Beginning with the startling rock formations and graceful waterfalls of Old Man’s Cave in southern Ohio, and leading clock-wise around the state to visit expansive forests, lovely parks, ancient mounds, historic canals and battlefields, and scenic river trails, experienced (more…)
Deerfield, OH- Shoreline access along many of Ohio’s inland lakes can be tough to find. Sites that provide good fishing can be even more challenging. But, thanks to a collaborative effort at Berlin Reservoir(Stark/Mahoning/Portage counties), anglers have a stretch of shoreline where they can go to have a great time catching fish. This past Sunday, the Ohio Division of Wildlife, along with the Portage Lakes Bassmasters, refreshed fish attractors that were placed along the Bonner Road access area several years ago.
“When the Division of Wildlife and the Portage Lakes Bassmasters did the initial work back in 2006, we knew we made an excellent location for anglers to target.” says Matt Wolfe, fisheries biologist who oversees this project for the Division of Wildlife. “But, holiday trees on Berlin definitely have a short lifespan, so we felt as if it was necessary to go back and enhance what was there to continue the excellent fishing that we saw.” added Wolfe.
In total, 90 structures were introduced along the Bonner Road access area. These trees should be in about 6-8 feet of water once the reservoir is at full pool again this spring. If you have a GPS unit, the structures can be found from N 41o 2’ 4.6” / W 81o 0’ 32.3” to N 41o 2’ 4.9” / W 81o 0 34.6. The map datum on your GPS unit should be set at NAD 83 to find the structures and the coordinates provided are in degrees, minutes, and seconds.
The goal of this project is to introduce 500 structures into the waters of Northeastern Ohio annually in order to recruit the next generation of anglers and retain the anglers who already enjoy the sport of fishing. These efforts came at minimal cost to the Division and its constituents since the used block were donated and the holiday trees were recycled through the Mahoning County Green Team. Structure locations in other Northeast Ohio lakes can be found at the Northeast Ohio Fishing Prospects page. For all other inquiries, please contact the Wildlife District Three office in Akron at (330) 644-2293.
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(Ohio) — A new type of treasure hunt is coming to the Ohio & Erie National Heritage Canalway, which stretches from Cleveland through Akron and Canton to New Philadelphia. Volunteers and teachers are needed to get the new family-oriented recreational program off the ground. Questing involves following a rhyming trail of charming clues and a curious map to find a hidden box. Participants log their finds and collect unique stamps in passport-like booklets while gaining a richer sense of place.
For more information, please contact Kathleen Callahan Durcan, Assistant Coordinator
for National Heritage Areas, at 202-354-2268.
COLUMBUS, OH – Public fishing opportunities will be enhanced this spring when more than 80,700 rainbow trout, each measuring 10-13 inches long, are released into 45 Ohio lakes and ponds, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The releases will take place between mid-March and mid-May; anglers are reminded that the daily catch limit for inland lakes is five trout.
Some locations will feature special, youth-only angler events on the day of the scheduled releases. Anglers, age 16 and older, must have an Ohio fishing license to fish the state’s public waters. Once the youth-only events have concluded, all other anglers may fish.
The 2010-2011 fishing license can be purchased now and was required starting March 1. An annual resident fishing license costs $19 and is valid through February 28, 2011. A one-day fishing license is available and may be purchased for $11 by residents or non-residents. The one-day license may also be redeemed for credit towards purchase of an annual fishing license.
Ohio residents born on or before December 31, 1937 may obtain a free fishing license where licenses are sold. Persons age 66 and older who were born on or after January 1, 1938, and have resided in Ohio for the past six months, are eligible to purchase the reduced cost resident senior license for $10.
Additional information about spring trout releases is available by calling toll-free 1-800-WILDLIFE. Information is also available from Division of Wildlife district offices in Akron, Athens, Columbus, Findlay and Xenia.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at www.ohiodnr.com.