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Wheelin’ Sportsmen fishing event April 14

Area residents  gather on the boardwalks at Lake Vesuvius for the annual Wheelin’ Sportsmen Fishing event in 2015.

Area residents gather on the boardwalks at Lake Vesuvius for the annual Wheelin’ Sportsmen Fishing event in 2015.

 

PEDRO — The Wheelin’ Sportsmen fishing day is a week away from returning to Lake Vesuvius at the Wayne National Forest.

The 13th annual event is part of the Wheelin’ Sportsmen outreach program, established by the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), and has a goal to provide physically challenged individuals the opportunity to take part in outdoor activities.

The fishing is geared toward those with age or disability restrictions.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife will release thousands of rainbow trout into the quarter-mile lake, making fishing a little easier for those participating.

The Wayne National Forest, the NWTF South Hills Longbeards Chapter, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife and City National Bank are this year’s lead organizations of the event.

Lake Vesuvius is located north of Ironton and approximately one mile east on Lawrence County Road 29 (Paddle Creek Road) off State Route 93.

To register for the event, contact the Wayne National Forest Ironton Ranger District at 740-534-6500.

Although there is no need to register, WNF wildlife biologist Patrick Mercer said it’s recommended to call as it helps registrations go smoother.

For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/wayne.