East Harbor State Park Kayaking Trip

May 3, 2019 – May 5, 2019 all-day
Howard Marsh Metropark
500 S Howard Rd
Curtice, OH 43412
Don Bray

NWORR will be camping/kayaking the weekend of May 3-5.  You can participate in one event or the whole weekend.

The Biggest Week in American Birding is a 10-day festival in northwest Ohio, “The Warbler Capital of the World!” Immerse yourself in spring songbird migration and experience some of the best birding North America has to offer. The festival has something to offer beginner and seasoned birders alike, with bird identification workshops, guided birding trips, birding by canoe, daily walks at the world-famous Magee Marsh, American Woodcock field trips, keynote presentations, a Birder’s Marketplace, and evening socials with free food and music. The festival takes place May 3-12, 2019 across the entire region.

Your enjoyment/safety and that of the others rely upon your understanding of the directions. Por favor, lea atentamente. Veuillez lire attentivement. Si Prega di leggere attentamente.

Paddle Skills and Trip Difficulty:  This is a flat-water, and should be easy to moderate difficulty paddle.  Even if no rain is forecast, it’s better to be prepared on the water and off.  The water will be a little chilly, so take that into account for a possible swim.  You will want to carry a spare set of clothes. Rain may not cancel the trip.

When on the water, WE WEAR PFDS, AVOID INTOXICANTS AND OTHERWISE PRACTICE SAFE PADDLING.  If you’re not good with that, don’t go.

Kayak:  It is recommended to have a kayak of at least 10’ length, but since we will not be paddling fast talk to the organizer, as I am sure shorter boats with a good paddler would not have a problem.

Saturday (May 4): Be at the Put-in at 11:00 am ready to launch.

Directions to the Saturday Put-in/Take-out: Howard Marsh Metropark – 500  S Howard Rd, Curtice, OH 43412.  We will launch at the boat ramp and kayak throughout the marsh.

A side trip would be to stop at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center which is very close to Howard Marsh.  It is a very nice building to tour/hike in the area.  Also, Magee Marsh, which is right there as well.  This area will be very busy with Birders.

Sunday (May 5): Be at the Put-in at 10:30 AM ready to launch.

Directions to the Saturday Put-in/Take-out: East Harbor State Park Boat Ramp – 1169 N Buck Rd, Lakeside Marblehead, OH 43440.  Follow signs to boat launch.  We will launch at the boat ramp and kayak throughout East Harbor.  We can go out on Lake Erie if conditions are calm.

PLACES YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO LOCATE:  Fortunately, everything is on Rt. 2, or right off it:

  1. Howard Marsh Metropark (Saturday’s put-in/Take-out):  500  S Howard Rd, Curtice, OH 43412, which is just off of Route 2.
  2. East Harbor State Park (Sunday): 1169 N Buck Rd, Lakeside Marblehead, OH 43440, Follow OH-2 E to OH-269 N in Danbury Township. Take exit 125A-B from OH-2 E 7 min (7.2 mi), continue on OH-269 N. Drive to W State Rte 163 E in Lakeside Marblehead.  You will see signs for East Harbor State Park.

Overnight Accommodations:  While each of these paddles can be a day trip, some people are spending the night(s) in the area.  There are at least two options.

  1. Camping at East Harbor State Park. It’s about 55 miles to East Harbor SP from Toledo.  The campsites have picnic tables, but it’s not a bad idea to plan on bringing your own chairs, etc.  With the ash borers (beetles) infesting, don’t bring firewood into the state.  Rain is always a possibility and does not cancel the trip. The campground has pretty good bathroom/shower facilities, pool, etc.  Shopping, restaurants and other amenities are available in Lakeside and closer to the campground.  We’ll have a potluck dinner on Saturday night followed by a campfire!  The campfire is where you’ll benefit from bringing a chair.
  2. Tina Yoppolo, has a house in Lakeside Ohio near Marblehead. She has offered for people to stay in her house on Friday and/or Saturday night if you don’t want to camp.  Please ask for Tina’s contact information if you want to see if she still has available space.
  3. Either with camping or staying at Tina’s house, each person will have to make their own reservations.

READ ALL THIS CAREFULLY (today, while there is still time to get things clarified).  By the way, rule number one: the trip leader is the keystone so make every effort to keep him safe, well-fed and hydrated.

Disclaimer: You recognize the dangers and risks involved in this event and accept all risk, loss, liability and responsibility in behalf of yourself, those accompanying you and your heirs and stakeholders, indemnifying and holding all others harmless, including the trip organizer. Your participation signifies your agreement to this (if you don’t agree, don’t go).

My cell is (419)619-1872, but I can’t guarantee reception down there.  If you have questions, it’s best to contact me the week before the trip.  donjbray2002@yahoo.com

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