Improved Access in the Forecast for Conneaut Creek Anglers

Steelheaders on Conneaut Creek will soon enjoy an improved
pull-off/parking lot near downtown Conneaut.

The Ohio Division of Watercraft is working with the Friends of
Conneaut Creek and the Central Basin steelheaders in an effort to
improve access to the popular trout-fishing stream.

Beginning Monday, March 2, a construction crew began leveling off
and improving a parking area on Center Street where it crosses
Conneaut Creek.

While the property is owned by the Watercraft Division’s Scenic
Rivers program, the work is being paid for by the Friends’
group.

Weather determining the project is expected to take three days to
complete, perhaps a couple more if needed, says Matthew Smith,
Northeast Region Scenic River manager for the Watercraft
Division.

“I’m hoping on seeing 8 to 10 spaces but we actually didn’t lay it
out with an engineering drawing,” Smith said. “It’s on an old
parking area so we aren’t creating anything new. It’s been sort of
a pull-off for paddlers or fishermen.”

It likely will be used by more anglers than paddle sports users,
however, Smith said.

“I do expect some use by paddlers, though,” Smith said. “The Scenic
Rivers Program bought the land a few years ago and we want to keep
as much of it wild as possible.”

With more favorable weather in the forecast for the rest of this
week and at least the first part of next week, the lot very well
could see usage by steelhead anglers even before construction work
begins.

“We might have to shoo them out so the work can be done,” Smith
said.

 

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