Annual Wheelin’ Sportsmen Fishing Event Scheduled

PEDRO, Ohio (April 9, 2018) –In partnership with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), the Wayne National Forest will host the 16th annual Wheelin’ Sportsmen Fishing Event on Lake Vesuvius on Thursday, April 19th, from 10 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 abilities. The quarter-mile Lake Vesuvius boardwalk stretches along the shoreline and allows for improved accessibility. This feature makes the lake an ideal site for hosting the event.

The lead organizations involved in this year’s event include the Wayne National Forest, 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 can be found 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.

People interested in attending the event may pre-register by contacting the Ironton Ranger District at (740) 534-6500.

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