FIREWORKS, PARADES, SQUARE DANCES AND MORE MARK JULY 4 FUN IN OHIO STATE PARKS!|
Public fireworks set for Mosquito Lake, Portage Lakes and Indian
Lake state parks
COLUMBUS, OH -- Ohio's state parks are gearing up for the long
Independence Day weekend with summertime activities designed to lure
families and friends outdoors for fun and festivities.
"Our award-winning state parks offer so many opportunities for
wholesome fun, from hiking to golfing to camping and water sports of all
kinds," said Dan West, Ohio State Parks chief. "And no matter where you
live in Ohio, there's an Ohio State Park within easy driving distance."
FIREWORKS, BEACH PARTIES AND MORE
Public fireworks displays are scheduled for Friday, July 4, at the
Esquire Yacht Club at Mosquito Lake State Park in Trumbull County; Saturday,
July 5, at Portage Lakes State Park in Summit County; and on July 5 at Old
Field Beach on Indian Lake, following the lake's annual day-long beach party
with games, contests, entertainment, food and a classic car display.
Portage Lakes will also be the site of a Bicentennial Beach Bash on
July 4 with an antique and classic boat show, a Bicentennial boat parade and
other beach activities. East Harbor State Park in Ottawa County will host a
holiday dance from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on July 4 at the Lockwood
Shelterhouse. Guilford Lake will host a boat parade from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30
p.m. on July 4.
NASCAR racing fans are invited to a special racing-theme campout at
Forked Run State Park in Meigs County, July 5-6. Campers are urged to dress
as their favorite driver, listen to the race and enjoy a potluck and other
Dillon State Park in Muskingum County is also hosting an
Independence Weekend campout July 3-6 with a bike parade, games, watermelon
feast, nature programs and crafts.
Children ages 4-10 are invited to join in a "pirate" treasure hunt
at 5 p.m. on July 5 at the Lake Erie beach of Maumee State Park in Lucas
County. A bike parade is also set for the park at 10 a.m. on July 4.
Additional holiday beach parties are set for 6 to 11 p.m. on July 5
at Blue Rock State Park in Muskingum County and from noon to 4 p.m. at Pike
Lake State Park in Pike County.
An old-fashioned square dance for beginners and experienced dancers
will be the featured activity at Malabar Farm State Park in Richland County
from 7 to 10 p.m. on July 5.
There are more than 9,000 campsites in Ohio State Parks' 57 family
campgrounds, which range from primitive tent camping to full service with
hookups for RVs and travel trailers. At a minimum, state park campgrounds
feature drinking water, restrooms or latrines, pads for parking a car or
trailer, picnic tables and fire rings.
Many campgrounds offer much more, including showers, laundry
facilities, camp stores and playgrounds, as well as special campers'
beaches, boat-launch ramps, boat docks and tie ups.
Most camp offices lend fishing equipment and a variety of indoor and
outdoor games to registered campers. Playing fields, horseshoe pits,
mini-golf courses, game rooms and tetherball are available at a number of
parks. Naturalist programs such as guided hikes, interpretive talks and
videos are also offered at most parks.
Horsemen's camps and designated bridle trails are a feature of 22
state parks with more than 400 miles of bridle trails through some of the
state's most scenic landscapes.
Campground availability can be checked on the Internet at
ohiodnr.com or by calling 1-800-BUCKEYE.
Boaters who want to sleep on their watercraft will find boat camping
areas at Buck Creek State Park in Clark County, Burr Oak State Park in
Morgan County, Indian Lake State Park in Logan County, Rocky Fork State Park
in Highland County, Salt Fork State Park in Guernsey County, and at Lock #5
on the Muskingum River Parkway in Washington County. Overnight boat docking
is permitted at state parks on South Bass and Middle Bass islands in Lake
EXCITING GOLF COURSES
Golfers can play a round at six Ohio State Parks that feature
18-hole courses. Those parks are Hueston Woods State Park in Preble County,
Deer Creek State Park in Pickaway County, Shawnee State Park in Scioto
County, Maumee Bay State Park, Punderson State Park in Geauga County and
Salt Fork State Park in Guernsey County.
"FOR RENT" - BOATS AND CAMPING EQUIPMENT
A variety of watercraft from canoes to wet jets to pontoon boats are
available for rent at 34 state park marinas from the Ohio River to Lake
Erie, and at dozens of inland lakes in between.
Aspiring campers who lack equipment or don't want the hassle of set
up and tear down can still enjoy the outdoor experience through Ohio State
Parks' Camping Options Program. Fully equipped tents, RVs, tepees, yurts
(part tent, part cabin), cedar cabins and camper cabins are for rent at 35
campgrounds across the state. Campers are urged to contact individual park
offices for availability of boat rentals and Camping Options.