Article Posted: December 07, 2004

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COLUMBUS, OH - Does the outdoor enthusiast in your life have you stumped for gift ideas this holiday season? From fishing maps and nature viewing guides to Ohio State Parks gift cards and merchandise, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) offers something for everyone.

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Take advantage of a great deal and buy the golfer in your life an Eagle Golf Card. It is sure to fit them to a “tee.” The $80 card is valid at any of the six Ohio State Park golf courses and buys 12 rounds of 18-hole golf within a year of purchase. State parks with golf courses include: Deer Creek in Fayette and Pickaway counties; Hueston Woods in Preble County; Maumee Bay in Lucas County; Punderson in Geauga County, Salt Fork in Guernsey County and Shawnee in Scioto County. Some restrictions apply.

For campers, consider signing them up for the Cardinal Camper Club. The $25 annual membership is good for 15 percent discounts off camping at Ohio State Parks, April through October; and 20 percent off November through March. Cards can be purchased online or at any Ohio State Park.

Ohio State Park Gift Cards also make a great gift for youngsters and grown-ups alike. Cards can be purchased for any denomination and may be used at all state-operated retail facilities for merchandise, rentals and other fees, including camping, boating, golf courses, getaway rentals and some cottages. Gift cards can be purchased online, through individual park offices or by calling 614-265-6513.

Resort lodge gift certificates at one of the nine Ohio State Parks resort lodges make for an excellent holiday gift for couples and families. All resort lodges now offer indoor pools and other fitness facilities, as well as full-service restaurants, lounges, gift shops and other amenities.

Gift certificates for Mohican State Park in Ashland County, Burr Oak State Park in Morgan County, Salt Fork State Park in Guernsey County, Maumee State Park in Lucas County, Shawnee State Park in Scioto County, Hueston Woods State Park in Preble County and Punderson State Park in Geauga County are available in any denomination by calling 1-800-ATA-PARK.

For Deer Creek State Park in Pickaway County, gift certificates are available by calling 1-877-678-DEER. Certificates can be applied toward food, beverage or lodging. Gift certificates for The Lodge and Conference Center at Geneva State Park in Ashtabula County are available by calling 440-466-7100.

For boating and fishing enthusiasts, there are plenty of options. Consider purchasing up-to-date nautical charts, which is the first step toward any safe boating trip on Lake Erie. The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration produces these charts, which can be obtained through their website at

Other gift items to consider for your boater or fisherman include: life jackets, safety bumpers, ropes, portable weather radios, flares, portable digital satellite radio, battery monitors, and other electronic gadgets such as fish finders and global positioning system units.

Help your favorite angler find the best fishing holes with the ODNR fishing map set that includes information on 72 Ohio lakes, as well as portions of the Ohio River and Lake Erie. Each set comes in a ring binder and costs $20.02, including tax, shipping and handling. Call 614-265-6576 for more information.

For everyone on your list, visit ODNR online or an Ohio State Parks gift shop for a variety of apparel and novelty gifts, including T-shirts, golf shirts, sweatshirts and ball caps.

If you’re shopping for a birding enthusiast, you can’t miss with Birds of Ohio, a 360-page guide by ODNR avian education specialist Jim McCormac. The book features 291 species of birds, grouped and color coded for quick identification. The Guide to Ohio State Parks is also available as are hiking stick medallions, Frisbees, penknives, Smokey Bear dolls in three sizes, Tuffy Turtle dolls, and other novelties. Birds of Ohio can be found in most bookstores and online. For information on other Ohio State Parks items go online or call 614-265-6513.

Amateur geologists will value ODNR's Fossils of Ohio; Minerals of Ohio; and The History of Coal Mining in Ohio -- three handbooks that are as educational as they are entertaining. Call 614-265-6576 for information.

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