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Mahoning River Water Trail awaits canoeists

Published: Wed, February 29, 2012 @ 12:05 a.m.

By Ed Runyan



The 23-mile portion of the Mahoning River Water Trail from Newton Township to Packard Park in Warren will be a new destination for canoeists this summer.

In the works are the installation of mileage markers, creation of a map/brochure, obstruction removal and its new designation as a state water trail.

Zachary Svette, project coordinator for the Trumbull County MetroParks Board, announced Monday the MetroParks has received a $16,300 grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Watercraft.

The MetroParks Board will begin right away using the money to have mileage signs made and brochures printed so that they will be in place this summer. A workday is planned for June 23 to remove tree obstructions in two locations and install the signs, Svette said.

The brochures will be available at the seven parks along the river trail — Foster Park in Newton Township, Rotary Park in Newton Falls, Braceville Nature Preserve near Paul Tessler golf course, Thomas A. Swift MetroPark in Braceville Township, Canoe City in Leavitts- burg, Burbank Park in Warren and Packard Park in Warren.

The free maps will show the public access points along the river and provide safety information.

The Mahoning River trail joins other designated water trails on portions of the Great Miami River, Kokosing, Muskingum, Vermilion and Black rivers, and on Lake Erie’s East Sandusky Bay.

The water-trail designation will make it easier to receive grants in the future and means the Mahoning River water trail will be listed on ODNR websites, Svette said.

The designation is the culmination of 30 years’ worth of work by the Trumbull County Planning Commission, a department under the county commissioners, Svette said.

The Mahoning River is now “much, much cleaner” than it was 30 years ago, thanks to installation of sewers and stricter standards for septic systems across the county, Svette said.

The trail, which extends from Foster Park to Packard Park, will still have two areas where canoes will need to be removed from the river and carried a short distance — at the Newton Falls Dam by the covered bridge and the dam near Canoe City.

“With it flowing by forested groves, fields of corn and wheat, suburban streets and beautiful wetland complexes, this trail is full of natural beauty as well as history,” Svette said.

The river also offers diverse paddling, fishing, wildlife watching and other recreational opportunities, he added.

Trumbull County MetroParks is made up of 1,237 acres of parks and nature preserves.

Its mission is to conserve, manage, protect and promote Trumbull County’s natural resources.


1BobK(61 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

My wife and I have kayaked a couple sections of this trail the past few summers. We we very amazed and happy to see how nice the river can be. Having lived in the area all my life seing the river as dead and useless it was an eye opener. Then to see a pontoon boat pass me by on the mahoning was quite a surprise. Very pleasant way to spend a warm sunny afternoon. looking forward to try another section or 2 this year as well.

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2NoBS(2645 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

That's a good idea! It sounds like a fun day. Will there be livery service to get you back upstream to where you parked, or will you have to have your own transport at the downstream end?

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3BobK(61 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

No need the river is quit calm and we paddle down a couple hours and then back, In the kayaks its pretty easy. We have dropped in at canoe city warren. You can then follow the river or head up Eagle creek for a bit. Also off 534 past milton dam they have a landing area, this section is narrower and less populated. Although we did find one section just upstream of the landing on 534 we could not beat the rapids. Fun trying though. The price is perfect, free once you have the kayaks. I bought both for about $500 about 4 years ago just to be able to get on the water and excecise abit

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