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New river public access guide available in print or download

Tom Jackson • Jul 23, 2013 at 12:18 PM

If you like to go fishing, ride your boat, kayak or watch birds, you might want to get a copy of a free book from the Office of Coastal Management.The state has just printed a new guidebook, close to 300 pages, on public access spots on Ohio rivers that flow into Lake Erie.

“Ohio’s Lake Erie Public Access Guidebook Rivers Edition,” which has just been released, is available free at many locations or can be downloaded as a PDF for your tablet or computer. “Whether it’s teaching your grandchildren how to fish or launching a kayak for your first trip downstream, spending a day enjoying Ohio’s waters is an opportunity to create lifelong memories,” said Scudder Mackey, chief of Ohio’s Office of Coastal Management in Sandusky.

Download the rivers guidebook HERE and the coast guidebook HERE

The guidebook covers rivers that feed the lake, including the Sandusky, Vermilion, Huron, Cuyahoga, Portage and Black rivers.

It’s a followup to the 2010 guidebook that covered 164 public access sites along Ohio’s Lake Erie Coast, “Ohio’s Lake Erie Public Access Guidebook.” That guidebook is now out of print, but a “Cliff’s Notes” brochure edition is available, and a PDF of the full guidebook can still be downloaded, said Brenda Culler, a spokeswoman for the Office of Coastal Management.

Getting your copy

Copies of the “Ohio Lake Erie Public Access Guidebook Rivers Edition” are available at:

• Lake Erie Shores & Islands, 4424 Milan Road

• Office of Coastal Management, 105 W. Shoreline Drive

• Shelby Street Boat Ramp, 101 Shelby St.

• Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Center West, 770 SE Catawba Road, Port Clinton

• Huron Parks and Recreation, 330 N. Main St., Huron

• Valley Harbor Marina, 1295 West River Road, Vermilion

• Huron County Visitors Bureau, 10 West Main St., Norwalk.   


View an online edition or download a PDF for your tablet or computer at LakeErie.  ohiodnr.com/GoRivers  . The 2010 public access guidebook for the Lake Erie coast is no longer in print, but the smaller brochure version can be found at the above locations. The online version and a downloadable PDF is available at LakeErie.  ohiodnr.com/GoCoast 

The new rivers guidebook lists 220 public access sites along 870 miles of river near Ohio’s north coast, the Office of Coastal Management says. It includes parks, nature preserves and wildlife areas; places to access scenic rivers and water trails; historic canals and towpaths; memorials and monuments, and roadside fishing areas.


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