Portage River Water Trail-Public Meetings

Communities along the Portage River in Wood, Ottawa, and Sandusky counties are getting together to create a water trail that runs from the Village of Pemberville to Port Clinton. A water trail is a series of safe and convenient access points to a river as designated by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), with parking and educational signage. Easy access encourages recreation and also allows for trash cleanup and monitoring of the river’s health.

The public is invited to attend a public meeting to learn more about a Portage River Water Trail and to be part of creating a new recreational and tourism asset in the region. Organizers are asking for local knowledge and experience:
• Do you live in a Portage River community?
• Are you a birdwatcher? Do you fish in the Portage?
• What are possible access sites?
• What are river conditions at different times of the year?
• What information would paddlers need to know in your area?

Wednesday, May 15, 7-8 pm,
Elmore Community Center
410 Clinton Street
Elmore, OH 43416
Tuesday, May 21, 7-8 pm
Ottawa County Fairgrounds
7870 OH-163 Scenic
Oak Harbor, OH 43449
Thursday, May 23, 7-8 pm
Pemberville Opera House
115 Main St.
Pemberville, OH 43450

Local government officials and these groups will answer questions and share information: the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) – division of State Parks and Watercraft, TMACOG, and the Portage River Basin Council (a committee of TMACOG).

ODNR has more information about water trails here. Some trails in our area include East Sandusky Bay Water Trail sponsored by Erie Metroparks, and the Maumee River Trail with a trail guide from Metroparks Toledo.

For more information about the proposed Portage Water Trail project, contact Sara Guiher, TMACOG water quality planner: 419.241.9155 et. 1147, guiher@tmacog.org.

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