The Vermilion River is one of the most scenic rivers in this section of Ohio. Its watershed not only boasts beautiful river views and willow and/or hemlock-lined shale cliffs, but it also provides unique opportunities to explore local geology, prehistory, ornithology, ecology, hydrology, and other related fields. Paddling down the River allows one to not only view beautiful scenery but to also reconnect with our local natural world.
On June 2, 2015, Col. Nahorn accompanied a small group of kayakers in order to explore a stretch of the Vermilion River from Schoepfle Gardens in Birmingham, OH. to near the mouth (at Lake Erie) at Vermilion, OH. The River was high enough to make this run because of a recent rain storm. Our guide, Vito Cammarato, of West River Paddle Sports, Vermilion, is also a kayak consultant at the New Indian Ridge Museum. The excursion, roughly 14 miles long, took not quite 4 hours. Along the way we saw eagles, herons, numerous waterfowl, identified local tree species, and also noted the historic bridge structures that span this section of the River.
Several of the photos were made by Vito Cammarata. Thank you. We encourage anyone interested in taking tours of the Vermilion River or simply getting in some time paddling on the River near the mouth at Lake Erie, to contact West River Paddle Sports in Vermilion. They have much to offer.
Below are some of the views of the historic bridges we passed on our trip: