Free rides offered during safe boating event June 12 at Pleasant Hill Lake Park

June 4, 2010

Free boat rides and free fishing will highlight the 2010 North Central Ohio Safe Boating and Fishing Festival planned for June 12 (Saturday) at Pleasant Hill Lake Park.


Admission to the park also will be free for the festival, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the park located at 3431 Rt. 95 at Perrysville.


The festival will feature free pontoon boat rides, free motorboat rides and free sailboat rides provided by the Mohican Sailing Club. Free kayak rides also will be available courtesy of Fin Feather and Fur. Safe boating displays and information also will be presented and officials from numerous organizations will be on hand to answer questions and distribute information.


The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Wildlife will provide an area near Pleasant Hill Marina for free fishing for children, providing poles, bait and instruction. A casting contest also will be held for children ages 7 to 14.


The Mansfield Power Squadron and ODNR’s Division of Watercraft also will offer festival attendees an opportunity to pass the Ohio Boater Education exam. Ohio law requires that all persons born on or after Jan. 1, 1982, to complete an approved safe boating course in order to operate a powerboat of greater than 10 horsepower. Successful completion of the test at the festival will fulfill the legal requirement.


For more information or a complete schedule of activities all summer at Pleasant Hill Lake Park, contact the park at (419) 938-7884. More details about the park also are available at on the Internet. Pleasant Hill Lake Park is located at 3431 State Rt. 95, Perrysville, and is easily accessible by Rts. 39 or 603.


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