Blanchard River

Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director Mary Mertz and Hancock Park District Director Gary Pruitt are pictured at the Blanchard River State Water Trail designation ceremony in Findlay.

FINDLAY – Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Director Mary Mertz designated the Blanchard River Water Trail as Ohio’s 14th state water trail in a virtual ceremony.

“The Blanchard River Water Trail offers a quiet paddling experience through a beautiful green corridor in Hancock County,” said Mertz. “ODNR is proud to partner with the Hancock Park District to enhance the recreational opportunities in the area.”

Hancock Park District worked with several local municipalities and communities to obtain the water trail designation. The Blanchard River Water Trail provides 11 public access points from which paddlers can get out and explore Hancock County’s rural areas or enjoy views of the city of Findlay.

“Promoting an increase in canoe and kayak traffic downstream from Blanchard River Nature Preserve to Blanchard Landing will boost the Blanchard River’s reputation as an outdoor recreation resource and magnet for nature lovers and outdoor recreation enthusiasts, thus drawing visitation locally and from throughout the region,” said Gary Pruitt, Hancock Park District Director. “The designation of the Blanchard River as a state water trail is an important step in that direction.”

Ohio’s diverse system of water trails is statewide and includes the Cuyahoga, Great Miami, Kokosing, Mahoning, Maumee, Muskingum and Olentangy rivers. These water trails pass through a variety of surroundings including natural, rural, suburban and urban areas.

(Information courtesy of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.)

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