Paddle Palooza is Sunday

OREGON, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) will hold the first Paddle Palooza Festival hosted at Maumee Bay State Park on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This free event offers an opportunity for people to try a variety of different canoes and kayaks and experience stand-up paddleboarding. Experts will also be on hand to share information about local paddling activities and resources.

A number of partners from Lucas, Ottawa and Wood counties will be available to help with these free paddling demonstrations.

The event will be at Maumee Bay State Park Inland Lake; 1400 State Park Road; Oregon, Ohio.

The ODNR Division of Watercraft is responsible for boating safety, education and law enforcement on all waters of the state. This statewide area includes the near-shore area along 451 miles of the Ohio River, approximately half the entire surface area of Lake Erie, more than 605 inland lakes and more than 60,000 miles of inland streams, rivers and other waterways.

Ohio has 74 state parks, 56 with campgrounds and nine with lodge and conference centers. The Buckeye State is one of only seven states in the nation where admission to state parks is free. Many Ohio families and out-of-state residents turn to Ohio State Parks for hiking, fishing, swimming, boating, camping, biking, disc golf, horseback riding and much more. Last year, there were a total of 2.3 million overnight stays in Ohio’s state park campgrounds, cabins and lodges.