Pleasant Hill Lake Park to host Safe Boating & Fishing Festival on June 8

May 29, 2013

The 2013 North Central Ohio Safe Boating and Fishing Festival features free rides on a pontoon boat, sailboat and kayak, along with free life jackets for the first 100 children who participate in the event to be held June 8 at Pleasant Hill Lake Park near Perrysville in Ashland County.


Sponsored by the North Central Ohio Safe Boating Council Inc. and in cooperation with the Mansfield Noon Optimist Club, the event is completely free and is designed to educate visitors about safe boating and fishing practices. Scheduled for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the event also will provide a free supervised fishing area for children near Pleasant Hill Marina located inside the park.


Festival events include the following:


Pontoon Boat Ride – Several pontoon boats will take people for an enjoyable ride on Pleasant Hill Lake.


Kayaking – One- and two-person kayaks provided by Fin Feather and Fur will be available for paddling in a no wake area of the lake.


Sailing – Volunteers with a local sailing club will take participants on a leisurely sailboat ride.


Fishing – Supervised by staff members from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife, one end of Pleasant Hill Marina will be netted off and stocked with fish. Fishing poles, bait and instruction will be provided to participating children.


The event also includes free admission to Pleasant Hill Lake Park and its swimming beach and other activities.


Partial funding for the event is provided through a grant from the Safe Boating Educational Grant program from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Watercraft, along with the cooperation of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD), which manages Pleasant Hill Lake and Pleasant Hill Lake Park.


The MWCD, a political subdivision of the state, was organized in 1933 to develop and implement a plan to reduce flooding and conserve water for beneficial public uses in the Muskingum River Watershed, the largest wholly contained watershed in Ohio. Since their construction, the 16 reservoirs and dams in the MWCD region have been credited for saving more than $10 billion worth of potential property damage from flooding, according to the federal government, as well as providing popular recreational opportunities that bolster the region’s economy. A significant portion of the reservoirs are managed by the MWCD and the dams are managed for flood-risk management by the federal U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).


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