Lake Metroparks stocks fishing ponds

Jeffery FrischkornLake Metroparks in Northeast Ohio is accommodating interest in fishing several of the agency's small ponds and lakes.

A few weeks ago, Lake Metroparks stocked 10 of its manmade lakes with such warm-water fish species as largemouth bass, sunfish, and channel catfish.

And for steelheaders, Lake Metroparks has established two camping beachheads of sorts along the Grand River.

These primitive campgrounds handles five campsites each, thus allowing steelhead anglers looking to make a long float on the Grand River an opportunity to overnight on the stream.

The locations where Lake Metroparks recently stocked fish were:

  • Kirtland City
  • Penitentiary Glen Reservation
  • Concord Township
  • Concord Woods Nature Park
  • Skok Meadow, entrance at Girdled Road Reservation
  • Girdled Road/South, of Radcliffe Road.
  • Madison Township
  • Resource Center pond off River Road-west
  • Strong Cabin at Hogback Ridge Park (limited access)
  • River Road Park

Since these ponds are not stocked with fish provided by the Ohio Division of Wildlife, a state fishing license is not required.

For a list of locations and more information about fishing at Lake Metroparks, visit the agency’s website.

As for the primitive campgrounds, the first location is at the 45-acre Riverview Park in Madison Township.

“The campground is on the north side of the Grand River and just before you would go underneath the Route 528 bridge,” said Vince Urbanski, Lake Metroparks' director of park planning.

Urnabski said the second campground is located at the agency’s 75-acre Baker Road Park in Leroy Township.

“This park is found on the river's south side and about one-half mile downstream from the I-90 bridge,” Urbanski said.

Signage indicating that a campground is up ahead is posted for each site.

To reserve a campsite, a Lake County resident pays $10 per night while a non-Lake County resident will pay $20 per night.

Each campsite is furnished with individual picnic tables, a fire pit, and a grill.

Firewood may or not be furnished according to availability, Urbanski said.

As for taking care of toilet needs, Urbanski says Riverview Park has vault-type latrines.

However, due to the remoteness of the Baker Road site, campers are encouraged to follow the guidelines provided at the time of registration.

“We encourage the concept of ‘leave no trace behind,’” Urbanski said.

Complete information as well as online registration is available through the agency’s website.

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