Fishing Guides must Finally Comply with Metroparks Permit Requirement

Professional fishing guides utilizing Lake Metroparks stream
access now need to approach the agency for proper paperwork.

While the parks system has always had a policy whereby anyone
offering a pay-for service must secure a free permit, the issue has
seen little daylight. Until now, that is, as Lake Metroparks has
built a series of required steps to go along with park system

“It’s really been a park rule for many years but it hadn’t been
brought to anyone’s attention so I went to our ranger department
and asked it to address the matter with compliant components,” said
Steve Madewell, Lake Metroparks’ executive director. “What it is is
a registration requirement.”

The three stipulations include obtaining a free calendar-year
permit, maintain a $1 million general liability policy that names
the parks system’s three-person board of park commissioners as an
insured entity. Proof of this policy holding is a requirement in
order to obtain the free permit, Madewell said also.

Similarly, the guide must successfully pass a certified CPR and
first aid course.

“That subject was recommended by our legal counsel,” Madewell

Madewell said as well that area fishing guides have voiced their
support for the permit requirement and its associated

“This speaks well of the profession and the professionals,” he

Lake Metroparks officials add that all properly registered guides
must understand park property boundaries and also be in compliance
with all applicable Ohio Division of Wildlife rules and laws.

Lake Metroparks owns or controls property along several important
steelhead-fishing streams. Among them are both the Grand and
Chagrin rivers as well as Kellogg, Arcola, Big, Paine, and Mill
creeks. It also offers fishing at such inland waters as Granger’s
Pond and Hidden Lake.

Anyone desiring to obtain the free required permit can contact Lake
Metroparks’ ranger office at 440-358-7290.


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