Crayfish

The Mohican Crawdad Derby is set for Sept. 7 at Mohican State Park.

LOUDONVILLE – Enjoy a family day at the river during the annual Crawdad Derby at Mohican State Park. Sponsored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Divisions of Wildlife, Parks and Watercraft, and Natural Areas and Preserves, this event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 7 from noon to 4 p.m. at Mohican State Park’s campground shelter house.

Visitors of all ages are invited to test their crawdad catching skills, try stream-based activities and learn how to be a good river steward. In addition to a contest for catching the largest crayfish, eventgoers can see the fish and insects that live in the Clear Fork and try out a fly-fishing rod.

Visitors will have a chance to learn about the water cycle, water safety and how to prevent runoff pollution. Kids who try all the activities will earn a “Junior Scenic River Guide” badge.

The day will also provide opportunities for folks who want to help their river. Friends of the Mohican River will conduct a river cleanup starting at 9 a.m., with the event concluding in time to enjoy the crawdad festivities. To register for the river cleanup, contact irvoslin@gmail.com.

At the derby, residents can also learn about becoming a scenic river water quality monitoring volunteer. Volunteers help ensure the health of the river by taking water quality samples at designated sampling locations three times per year.

Ohio pioneered the river conservation movement when it passed the nation’s first Scenic River Act in February 1968. There are now 15 designated wild, scenic and recreational rivers in Ohio. The Mohican River was designated as a state scenic river in 2006. More than four miles of the Clear Fork, a tributary stream, is also designated from the Pleasant Hill Lake dam to where it flows into the Black Fork to form the Mohican River.

Visit http://watercraft.ohiodnr.gov/scenicrivers or contact 740-258-0567 to learn more about the Scenic River Program. To learn more about the event, contact Mohican State Park at 419-994-5125.

The ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft is responsible for managing Ohio’s 75 state parks and providing the finest outdoor recreational opportunities, including first-class boating services, facilities and law enforcement for users of Ohio’s waterways and public lands.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.

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