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Wheelin’ Sportsmen Fishing event set

For those in wheelchairs or who have difficulty walking, a trip to the lake to throw their hook in the water hoping for a bite can be a rare event. That is why the Wayne National Forest and the National Wild Turkey Federation will partner up again for their annual Wheelin’ Sportsmen fishing event.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the event and is set for April 18, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The fishing event is for those restricted by age or disabilities, The event would take place along the Lake Vesuvius boardwalk, which allows for improved accessibility by persons with impaired mobility.

“Over the last decade we’ve had some great turnouts,” Patrick Mercer, Wayne National Forest wildlife biologist, said.  “A lot of the people who participate have limited opportunities to be outdoors. Because the Wheelin’ Sportsmen continues to grow each year, we’re thrilled that more and more people get to realize that opportunity and reconnect with nature.”

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife will help with the event by releasing approximately 1,000 rainbow trout on the day of the event, the release stated.

Lake Vesuvius is seven miles north of Ironton. It is off State Route 93, approximately one mile east on County Road 29. The boat ramp parking lot will be utilized for event participants with the dock parking lot reserved for with impaired mobility, the release stated.

Anyone interested in attending the Wheelin’ Sportsmen fishing event may pre-register by contacting the Ironton Ranger District at 740-534-6500.