Annual Wheelin’ Sportsmen Fishing Event Scheduled for April 18th

Release Date: Apr 10, 2013  

Contact(s): Gary C. Chancey, Public Affairs Staff Officer (740) 753-0862, Patrick Mercer, Wildlife Biologist (740) 534-6538


 1000 rainbow trout will be released on the day of the event to help increase the anglers’ success

Pedro, OH- The Wayne National Forest in partnership with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) will hold its annual Wheelin’ Sportsmen Fishing Event on Lake Vesuvius Thursday, April 18, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year’s event will mark its 10th anniversary.

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.

The fishing event is planned for those restricted by age or disabilities. The ¼ mile Lake Vesuvius boardwalk, which stretches along one of the Lake’s shorelines, allows for improved accessibility by persons with wide-ranging abilities, making it an ideal site for the event.

With help from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife, nearly 1000 rainbow trout will be released on the day of the event to help increase the anglers’ success. 

“Over the last decade we’ve had some great turnouts,” says Patrick Mercer, wildlife biologist on the Wayne National Forest.  “A lot of the people who participate have limited opportunities to be outdoors.  Because the Wheelin’ Sportsmen continues to grow each year, we’re thrilled that more and more people get to realize that opportunity and reconnect with nature.”

This year’s participating agencies and organizations include Wayne National Forest, the South Hills Longbeards Chapter of the NWTF, Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife, Southern Ohio Special Needs Youth Sportsmen Network, 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 Event  may pre-register by contacting the Ironton Ranger District at (740) 534-6500.

Learn more about NWTF’s Wheelin’ Sportsmen outreach program.

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