We will meet NO LATER THAN 8:30 AM on at the Conneaut Port Authority Access located at Broad Street and Park Ave.
Unload your boat and all gear on arrival. You may volunteer or we will draw straws to see who will stay with the boats, while everyone else drives west to Walnut Beach Park where all but one vehicle will be left. Everyone will then return to Conneaut in a single vehicle (volunteer or straws).
At the end of the paddle, one vehicle will shuttle the person whose vehicle was left at Conneaut back to Conneaut. If there are no volunteers for this, we will draw straws, but each person must allow enough time at the end of the paddle to do this, in case you draw the shuttle straws. (Shuttlers will not have to shuttle the next section we paddle unless you volunteer.)
If you have signed up for this paddle, please email Libby your cell phone number and say whether your phone can accept texts. Thank you.
The environments along Ohio’s Lake Erie shore range from lush wetlands and a Western Basin island archipelago to a Central Basin with impressive dunes and high shale bluffs. The shore boasts pristine natural sand beaches, cobble beaches, dunes, estuaries and many constructed points of interest including commercial and recreational harbors, industrial ports and fishing piers.
Using the Lake Erie Public Access Guidebook and ODNR site http://www.ohiodnr.com/tabid/21033/Default.aspx, we will paddle from east to west, from Conneaut Township Park to Pickerell Creek State Wildlife Area. Along the way, we will do some exploring.
This may take more than one paddling season. We will start out covering 10-25 miles each time on the water, depending on distances between put in and take out sites. We will complete the planned distance each time we paddle. Though we will take breaks approximately every two hours, it is important for you to know your physical ability and skill level.
We will vary our paddles between weekdays and weekend days. You can paddle all the segments or only some of them.
Segment 1 will be on a weekday and covers approximately 15 miles, putting in at Conneaut Port Authority Access and taking out at Walnut Beach in Ashtabula. Note: If possible we will put in farther east as close to the state line as possible, so we can actually paddle the ENTIRE shoreline.
In order to participate in this event, you must: WEAR your PFD and a sprayskirt; bring a bilge pump; bring a paddle float (if you need one for your re-entry); and, have open water skills, including wets exits and self re-entry.
This event is weather and lake conditions dependent.