GO FISHING, BOATING, CAMPING WITH DAD ON FATHER'S DAY|
Ohio State Parks gift cards make great gifts for dad
COLUMBUS, OH - Grab the fishing gear, pack up the tent or pull out the life
jackets. If you're looking for something fun to do with dad for Father's Day
weekend consider all the activities Ohio State Parks have to offer,
including camping, boating, hiking and fishing, suggests the Ohio Department
of Natural Resources (ODNR).
Events are planned throughout the state Father's Day weekend, Saturday, June
19 and Sunday, June 20. From the boating and fishing festival at Alum Creek
State Park to the Father's Day Campout at Maumee Bay State Park, there's
sure to be something dad will enjoy.
"We invite people to come out Father's Day weekend and enjoy the various
family activities being hosted in our state parks," said Dan West, chief of
Ohio State Parks. "Whether you are looking for a relaxing day of fishing on
one of our lakes or a more vigorous hike along a scenic trail, you are sure
to find it."
For a unique treat, consider giving dad an Ohio State Parks gift card, which
he can use at state park facilities for retail merchandise and camping, as
well as cottage rentals, golfing and boat rental at select locations. (Gift
cards may not be used at state park resort lodges). The cards can be made
out for any denomination and are available at state park offices and by
phone at 614-265-6513.
The following is a list of scheduled events taking place in Ohio State Parks
Father's Day weekend:
Father's Day Treats at Maumee Bay State Park in Ottawa County on Saturday,
June 19. Take dad camping and treat him to breakfast and a handmade gift
created by the kids during craft time. Regular camping fees apply. For more
information call 419-836-7758.
Young Anglers' Fishing Derby at Findley State Park in Lorain County from 10
a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 19. Youngsters meet at the campground boat
ramp and participate in the national Casting Kids Competition. For more
information call 440-647-4490.
Civil War Encampment at Harrison Lake in Fulton County, on Saturday, June 19
at the beach picnic area. Reenactors from the 21st Ohio Volunteer Light
Infantry portray life in an authentic Civil War camp. For more information
Flint Knap-In & Bluegrass Gathering at Van Buren State Park in Hancock
County starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 19. Welcome summer with the
ancient art of flint knapping and a traditional bluegrass circle jam, which
starts at 7 p.m. For more information call 419-832-7662.
Children's Fishing Derby at Delaware State Park in Delaware County from 9:30
a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 19. Up to 100 children under the age of
16 who are invited to fish at the pond near the marina. Tackle, bait, poles
and refreshments are provided. For more information call 740-369-2761.
Boating & Fishing Festival at Alum Creek State Park in Delaware County from
10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, June 19, at the Alum Creek Marina. Enjoy
numerous activities involving boating and fishing, followed by an electric
light boat parade and fireworks over Alum Creek Lake. For more information
Father's Day Campout at Dillon State Park in Muskingum County on Sunday,
June 20. Take a hike with dad and enjoy Ohio's beautiful natural
environment. Regular camping fees apply. For more information call
Fishing Clinic at Sycamore State Park in Montgomery County 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, June 19, at Overlook Picnic Area. Join the park staff for a "how
to" fishing clinic geared towards the beginning angler. For more information
Father's Day Campout at Forked Run State Park in Meigs County on Saturday,
June 19, and Sunday, June 20. Enjoy father-child fishing contests, hayrides
and much more. Regular camping fees apply. For more information call
Remember that a fishing license is required to fish in Ohio for individuals
16 and older. The cost of a license for individuals 16 to 65 is $19 per
year. One-day fishing licenses are available for $11. To find additional
fishing license information or to purchase a fishing license visit the ODNR
web site at ohiodnr.com
Before heading out, get the latest fishing reports
from across the state by
calling 1-800-BUCKEYE. The weekly report offers suggestions and tips on
which waterways are offering the best fishing. Call 1-888-HOOKFISH and find
out the current hot spots for fishing Lake Erie. Fishing reports are also