• 100 Days of Summer: Day 27- Lake Erie Islands

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    They’re Called the “Bass” Islands for a reason. And since it’s the middle of the week and I gots to get to work and don’t want to fall farther behind, here’s the ODNR Press release on the dedication of a new Marina on Middle Bass Island:

    MIDDLE BASS ISLAND, OH – Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Director Sean Logan joined local and state officials today to dedicate recent renovations to Middle Bass Island State Park marina and other facilities. The ribbon cutting ceremony was followed by a special recognition of former ODNR Director Sam Speck, who led the department from 1998 – 2006.

    “While we come here today to recognize those whose vision and hard work made this day possible, we need to bear in mind the real reason we build marinas, open parkland and advance the cause of wildlife,” said ODNR Director Sean Logan. “We will fight to conserve those things we know best. Love and respect for nature comes most naturally to those who have the most access to nature. This marina represents yet another doorway Ohioans now have to their natural world. It is really an investment in conservation, and will serve to maintain Ohio’s lasting quality of life.”

    Renovations at Middle Bass Island began in January of 2001. Since then, several significant improvement and expansion projects have been completed over the past decade. An initial 50 new temporary docks were immediately installed for boaters, with many modified for permanent use. Public input was sought for development of the facility’s master plan, a conceptual document that provides the vision and flexibility for continuous improvement as resources allow.

    In 2006, a 20-site primitive campground was constructed, and in 2008, the large-scale marina entrance and basin improvements project—including reshaping of the marina basin, new entrance channel and revetments, floating dock anchorage piling and other improvements—was complete. The marina floating docks project was completed in 2009, which included installing shore-side utility connections and floating docks, for a total of 264 docks.

    A 100,000 gallon elevated water storage tank has been installed with water and sewer lines connecting to Lake Erie Utilities. Construction work slated for this summer includes staff housing along with a permanent shower and restroom building. Ongoing design projects include plans for the marina office and harbormaster building.

    Design services for the project were performed by BBC&M Engineering, Inc. of Dublin; CTI Engineers, Inc. of Akron; Feinknopf, Macioce Schappa Architects of Columbus; Fred Hunt of Columbus; MSI Design of Columbus; Poulos & Associates of Sandusky; and Woolpert Consultants of Cincinnati. Construction work and logistical support was performed by Bayes Inc. of Perrysburg; Gateway Tank of Avon; Huffman Equipment Rental of Eastlake; Kwest Group of Port Clinton; Perram Electric of Wadsworth; S.A. Comunale Co., Inc. of Fremont; and Speer Bros. Inc. of Sandusky.

    Other guest speakers for the ceremony included State Representative Dennis Murray, Ohio State Parks Acting Chief John Hunter, ODNR Division of Watercraft Chief Pam Dillon and Jim Hodgson, chief of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wildlife and Sports Fish Restoration.

    Refreshments for today’s ceremony were sponsored by Miller Boat Line and Paramount Distillers. For more information on Middle Bass Island State Park, please visit ohiostateparks.org.

    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 Web site at www.ohiodnr.com.

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  • 100 Days of Summer: Day 22- Moraine State Park

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    OK Susan.

    Work Buddy Susan has been after me to post about Moraine State Park. Especially Since we’ve walked around it with the post on Windsurfing and McConnells Mill.

    I Like Moraine. It’s a multi-use park off 19 and 422 on the other side of New Castle. Not too far, and lots of Activities.

    Sure we mentioned the Windsurfing. There’s a beach with concessions, nice bay for kayaking, Picnic Areas, frisbee golf, 10 Boat launch areas for motorboats, sailboats and fishing.

    For Hikers there’s 28 miles of hiking trails, 7 mile paved bike trail and 7 mile Mountain bike trail. The north Country Trail Passes through the Park, with a camping shelter on site for through hikers. Also, There’s a guided tour for Cars along Washington’s Trail through the area.

    But Wait! There’s More. The Lake Arthur Regatta, Rental CAbins, Primitive Camping, Hunting Areas, Winter activities…You get the idea. Get out and take a look. This is a good weekend Because the Balloon Fest is also taking place in Newcastle, so you’re going to be in the area anyway, right?

    And Joe, I Think I’m Ahead.

    There’s a Camping shelter on the

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  • 100 Days of Summer: Day 21-Hit The Beach

    You know, It’s surprising how often Ohio’s state park beaches come up on this site. Really, it seems like we only get out a a couple times and the water’s too cold until August anyway. But since Ohio’s beaches are usually attached to award winning facilities anyway, we always seem to have fun anyway.

    So grab the suncscreen and get out to one of our local beaches. take some charcoal and hotdogs, and don’t forget yourtowel.

    42 Utility Towel 42 Utility Towel

    The Towel is perhaps the most important invention of whatever century it was invented in. The Towel is the most massively useful tool to take with you on your trips throughout the universe. It is handy for oh so many reasons: you can sleep on it, rub food and sauces on it for later consumption, use it to signal for help, wrap it around your head to avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugbladder Beast of Traal, or to dry off. And most importantly, strags (non-hitchhikers) will assume if you know where your towel is you are also in possession of quite a number of other common items like a toothbrush or a space suit (which means they are more apt to lend you said items if you ask to “borrow” them). Our Towel is black, rectangular, and made of velour. It is based on the award-winning design of the Anti-Flatulent Fighting Towels of Flogulon Beta, with a little clip in the corner to attach it to things. It measures 16″ X 25″ and has the number 42 imprinted on it for some random reason (apparently the printer had a special affinity for the product of 6 and 7). The printing is done using a tone on tone effect, using a glossy clear ink over the black towel for a nice subtle effect. But seriously, you need this Towel. Because if you have one, everyone will look at you and say, “There’s a frood who really knows where his towel is,” which is perhaps one of the nicest things someone can say about you. And don’t forget: May 25th is officially Towel Day. It is a tribute to a mostly harmless author named Douglas Adams.

  • Stay Safe And Legal on the Water this Weekend: Or Else

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    COLUMBUS – The arrival of a three-day Fourth of July holiday weekend, July 3-5, signals what is generally the busiest recreational boating weekend of the season. Ohio boaters can expect continued law enforcement activities on state waterways, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Watercraft.

    “Our focus this Fourth of July holiday weekend will remain on removing impaired boaters from our waterways and enforcing all boating rules,” said Pamela Dillon, chief of the Division of Watercraft. “These efforts are shared among additional officers at the local, state and federal levels, such as our marine patrol partners and U.S. Coast Guard.”

    During the past weekend, June 25-27, Division of Watercraft officers participated in a nationwide crackdown called Operation Dry Water to remove boaters impaired by alcohol and drugs from state waterways. The operation resulted in the arrests of 11 intoxicated boaters and 198 other alcohol and boating-related violations. A total of 3,810 boaters were contacted during the weekend enforcement action.

    Boat operators are considered legally impaired by alcohol consumption if the blood alcohol content is .08 percent or higher, similar to Ohio’s motor vehicle laws. The Division of Watercraft says that reducing the number of alcohol-related boating accidents and fatalities is essential to further improving waterways safety.

    “Our message is to boat sober, wear a life jacket while boating and observe the boating rules of the road and our boating laws to keep boating a safe activity for everyone,” said Dillon.

    During last year’s Operation Dry Water, the Division of Watercraft made 12 arrests of intoxicated boaters, two drug-related arrests and issued more than 100 citations for additional alcohol and boating-related violations statewide. For more information, visit http://www.operationdrywater.org/.

    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 Web site at www.ohiodnr.com.

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  • 100 Days of Summer: Day 11-Go Boating

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    Well, I’m taking the night off to re-coup a little. And I know I’m actually a day ahead: I posted once one mornaing and meant to schedule the after work post, but posted it in the evening instead. And I’ve kept caught up, even though I haven’t really gotten any ideas saved up.

    So Here’s an easy one: Get the Boat Out. Go to Lake Milton, Berlin, Mosquito, Pymatuning State Park, Portage LAkes, Guilford Lake or any of the other area Lakes. Take your water skis, yourfishing poles, a picnic and the family. Have fun.

    And, yes, I know the fishing page is in dire need of a makeover. it was one of the first pages I ever did and it kinda just sits there, getting no visits. I’ll start building it. I promise

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