July 3, 2006
COLUMBUS, OH – The 112-mile Muskingum River will become Ohio’s
second designated water trail during ceremonies scheduled for 1 p.m.
on Saturday, July 8 at Malta Park in Morgan County.
Staff of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), as well as
officials from Morgan, Muskingum, Washington and Coshocton counties,
will participate in the designation ceremony. The designation will
coincide with the Muskingum Riverfest, an annual celebration of
boating, music and folk arts on the river.
Ohio Water Trails initiative serves to increase accessibility to
rivers and streams for Ohio’s paddlesport and boating enthusiasts
through proper design and siting of launch ramps and up-to-date
navigational information. The Kokosing State Scenic River was
designated Ohio’s first water trail last year.
Muskingum River flows through four counties and some of Ohio’s
most beautiful natural scenery. It remains an important link to the
state’s heritage, with its 10 hand-operated wooden locks, developed
in the early 1800s, still in service today. The unique lock and dam
system has been designated a National Civil Engineering Landmark and
is on the National Register of Historic Places.