to host Paddle Palooza Festival at Maumee Bay State Park
MAUMEE, June 26, 2018: The Ohio Department of Natural
Resources (ODNR) will host the Paddle Palooza Festival
at Maumee Bay State Park for the third year in a row on Sunday
July 9 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
This free, family-friendly event is a great opportunity to try a
variety of different canoes and kayaks, as well as learn
stand-up paddleboarding (SUP). Experts will also be on hand to
share information about local paddling activities and resources.
A number of partners from Lucas, Ottawa and Wood counties will
be available to assist with these free paddling demonstrations.
WHO: ODNR divisions of Parks & Watercraft and
Clean Marinas, Northwest Ohio River Runners,
Riverside Kayak Connection, Partners for Clean
Metro Parks of the Toledo Area, Wood County Park
US Coast Guard Auxiliary and Ottawa National
WHAT: ODNR Paddle Palooza Festival
WHEN: Sunday, July 9 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
WHERE: Maumee Bay State Park Inland Lake area, 1400
State Park Road, Oregon, Ohio.
Canoeing and kayaking remain among the fastest growing of all
outdoors recreation activities. Ohio ranked among the top ten
states nationally in 2016 with a record 495,975 registered
recreational watercraft. Among this total are the number of
Ohio-registered canoes and kayaks, which has more than doubled
from 70,279 in 2007 to 181,203 in 2016 – an increase of 158%.
Those numbers are expected to grow as the state continues to
invest in the paddling community. From 2006 to 2016, more than
$7 million was provided through community grant programs and
publications. This support provided carry-in and small boat
access, as well as hands-on skill development through local
education and recreation programs, including Paddle Palooza
festivals and the Paddle Ohio program. It also funded
publications detailing stream access and paddling opportunities.
The ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft is responsible for
managing Ohio’s 74 state parks and providing the finest outdoor
recreational opportunities, including first-class boating
services, facilities and law enforcement for users of Ohio’s
waterways and public lands.
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our
natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website