GREER — The public is invitd to a float down the Mohican State Scenic River, help clean up a stream, and participate in a worldwide event. Saturday, May 19, serves as the date for the international “Ready, Set, Wear It” personal flotation device (life jacket) event, and the Knox County Park District has signed on as an event sponsor. In May 2011, 1,685 people gathered at more than 99 “Ready, Set, Wear It” events held around the world (37 U.S. states and territories, six countries).
Those who attend can join the fun and be part of thousands of boaters worldwide that helps beat last year’s world record. The event will begin at 10 a.m. at Greer Landing Access (20839 Brinkhaven Road) and will end at the Bridge of Dreams in Brinkhaven. Prepare to get wet, bring water, a life jacket and snacks, and wear sunscreen. ODNR Division of Watercraft staff will provide boating safety information and will teach participants how to properly fit a life jacket. Army Corps of Engineers staff will display the remains of a boat that went through the Mohawk Dam in Coshocton County to show the consequences of strong currents and large water flows.
According to Kim Marshall, director of the Knox County Park District, “Paddlers that have never made the trip from Greer to Brinkhaven on the Mohican River are in for a treat. Bald eagles frequent the area, and the remote, forested hillsides make for a wilderness-like experience.” The Mohican River was the 13th designated State Scenic River in the state, owing to its high quality habitat and natural characteristics.
Eight canoes will be available, or participants can bring their own canoe or kayak. To register for a canoe, contact Natalie Pirvu, ODNR Division of Watercraft, at 740-548-5490. Gloves and trash bags for litter removal along the float will be provided, as well as transport back to Greer. This is a great opportunity to clean up the environment, meet fellow paddlesport enthusiasts and break a world record!
In case of dangerous weather or hazardous water levels on the event date, check www.knoxcountyparks.org for updated event information the morning of the float. For more information contact the park district at 740-392-7275.
Published on May 10, 2012