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.
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.
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.