The U.S. Forest Service’s Wayne National Forest, in partnership with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), will hold its 11th annual Wheelin’ Sportsmen Fishing Event on Lake Vesuvius on Thursday, April 17, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. With help from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife, thousands of rainbow trout will be released on event day to help increase anglers’ success.
The Wheelin’ Sportsmen outreach program, established by the NWTF, intends to provide physically challenged individuals opportunities to participate in outdoor activities such as fishing, hunting, bird watching and others. Accordingly, the fishing event is planned for those restricted by age or disabilities. The ¼ mile Lake Vesuvius boardwalk stretches along the shoreline and allows for improved accessibility by persons with wide-ranging abilities. That feature makes the lake an ideal site for hosting the event.
“Last year was the 10th Wheelin’ Sportsmen Event held at Lake Vesuvius,” says Patrick Mercer, wildlife biologist on the Wayne National Forest. “As this event moves into its second decade, we look forward to sharing more time with folks on the lake, hoping to help maintain or encourage a connection with nature.”
The lead organizations involved in this year’s event include Wayne National Forest, the South Hills Longbeards Chapter of the NWTF, Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife, and City National Bank.
For those unfamiliar with southern Ohio, Lake Vesuvius is seven miles north of Ironton, off State Route 93, approximately one mile east on Lawrence County Road 29 (Paddle Creek Road). The boat ramp parking lot will be utilized for mobility impaired arrivals and parking at the dock is reserved for those individuals, allowing for easier loading and unloading of wheelchairs and scooters. For safety reasons, there will be no boat trailer access during the event.
Those persons interested in attending the Wheelin’ Sportsmen Fishing Day may pre-register by contacting the Ironton Ranger District at (740) 534-6500. For more information, visit our website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/wayne . Follow the Wayne National Forest on Twitter: @waynenationalfs .
The U.S. Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a mission of sustaining the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Forest Service’s Eastern Region includes twenty states in the Midwest and East, stretching from Maine, to Maryland, to Missouri, to Minnesota. There are 17 national forests and one national tallgrass prairie in the Eastern Region. For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/R9.
The U.S. Forest Service manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation’s clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live. For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/.