Sharing A River

| April 07, 2005

“I started boating before I was a year old,” Dan says. “I’d just strap on a life jacket and away we’d go. That’s a love of the outdoors you pass on to your kids, and they both started before they were one, too.” Today that means weekends riding a 21-foot Bayliner and living in a 39-foot camper. “He’s a family man every hour of the day,” says wife Ann, “whether he’s on the road or home or up at the lake.

To the hunters featured in Rods & Barrels, Henry Repeating Arms will donate a Henry Golden Boy .22 rifle.

Got a picture of you with your trophy game or fish? Send a copy to John Latta at Truckers News, 3200 Rice Mine Road, Tuscaloosa, AL 35406, and it might be featured in a future Great Outdoors section.

Off-Duty Destinations

Lake Erie Islands State Park

This state park is actually four state parks: Kelleys Island, Catawba Island, South Bass Island and Oak Point, and a number of smaller islands.

The shoreline alone is worth a drive. All sorts of watersports are available, and the fishing is exceptional. Erie has more fish, and more varieties of fish, than any other Great Lake, with yellow perch, smallmouth bass, white bass, channel catfish and walleye the most common catches.

And good news about Rattlesnake Island – there are snakes, but the local poisonous ones the island was named for are extinct.

Migrating songbirds rest here, and so many species have been identified that the park is one of the finest birdwatching spots in America. Pictographic writings from ancient Indian tribes, some more than 500 years old, are etched here on Inscription Rock. With the longest frost-free period anywhere in Ohio, early settlers cultivated grapes, and the islands became known as the “Wine Islands.” Several island wineries still exist.

Nearby Marblehead Lighthouse State Park is home to the oldest lighthouse in continuous operation on the Great Lakes.

As always, we recommend you call before you go. Park headquarters in Port Clinton, Ohio, is (419) 797-4530. To get to Port Clinton, take State Highway 53 north off the Ohio Turnpike at exit 91 near Kingsway or choose an exit from the pike that goes to Sandusky and take State Highway 2 south of Sandusky over the Bay View Bridge to the Marblehead Peninsular.
And keep this park in mind even in winter. The scenery is still spectacular, and you can ice fish or ice skate and cross country ski, too.

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