Portage River Water Trail

Establishing a recreational water trail is like making a biking trail, except that the water trail is already present; it just needs some signage and convenient access established. However, a water trail requires cooperation among local governments, coordination with state and federal agencies for funding, and agreements for maintenance. The final trail will promote river access for canoes and kayaks with safe access to the water, parking areas, and information about the waterway.

At a meeting held at the Ottawa County Resource Center February 7, more than two dozen people gathered to work out the details of a Portage River Water Trail. The group included representatives from local governments abutting the Portage River, Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), U.S. Fish & Wildlife, Ohio Sea Grant, Lake Erie Shores & Islands, and private businesses. Their goal is to have the water trail established by 2020.

Public meetings will share information and ask for input:
Wednesday, May 15, Elmore Community Center, 7-8 p.m.
Tuesday, May 21, Ottawa County Fairgrounds, 7-8 p.m.
Thursday, May 23, Pemberville Opera House, 7-8 p.m.

See a preliminary TMACOG presentation outlining options for the Portage Water Trail here. A presentation of the ODNR Land and Water Trails Coordinator describes how that agency helps local citizens establish water trails.

For more information on the Portage Water Trail, contact TMACOG Water Quality Planner Sara Guiher, 419.241.9155, ext. 1147.


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