FINDLAY — The Blanchard River Water Trail is now Ohio’s 14th state water trail.
Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director Mary Mertz designated the Blanchard River Water Trail as such during a virtual ceremony on June 19. The 36.7-mile water trail has 11 public access points for paddlers.
“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,” Hancock Park District Director Gary Pruitt said in a press release. “The designation of the Blanchard River as a state water trail is an important step in that direction.”