Monthly Archives: June 2015

Vermilion River Excursion

Col. Nahorn kayaking down the Vermilion.

Col. Nahorn kayaking down the Vermilion.

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.

The group put in at Birmingham, OH.

The group put in at Birmingham, OH.

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.

Paddling down the Vermilion.

Paddling down the Vermilion.

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:

Newly restored historic Dean Road bridge.

Newly restored historic Dean Road bridge.

The group paddles under Gore Orphanage bridge.

The group paddles under Gore Orphanage bridge.

Vito, our guide and consultant is seen here at Gore Orphanage bridge.

Vito, our guide and consultant is seen here at Gore Orphanage bridge.

Remnants of the sandstone pilings that once comprised the historic Cooper Foster Park Road bridge.

Remnants of the sandstone pilings that once comprised the historic Cooper Foster Park Road bridge.

Beasley Road bridge located at the mouth of Chance Creek at the Vermilion River - what a scenic spot!

Peasley Road bridge located at the mouth of Chance Creek at the Vermilion River – what a scenic spot!

We took out near Vermilion's historic "water sphere" or water tower near the mouth of the River at Lake Erie.

We took out near Vermilion’s historic “water sphere” or water tower near the mouth of the River at Lake Erie.