ODNR holds campouts, other events for October PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 01 October 2013 09:26
COLUMBUS - Autumn officially began on Sept. 22, and with its arrival people may begin to notice some colors emerging as the fall color season begins, according to Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
"The signs of fall color are starting to be noticed around the state," said ODNR Fall Color Forester Casey Burdick. "Ohioans will start to see yellow leaves on buckeye trees and blushes of red from Virginia creeper and poison ivy."
Ohioans may also notice a few tree species including buckeye and black walnut with leaf disease, which is caused by consistent rainfall during the spring and summer months. These trees typically have leaves that turn brown along the edges or have black spots in addition to the leaf turning yellow. However, these trees should once again leaf out in the spring.
This also is the perfect time of year to hit the links at one of our six award-winning Ohio State Park golf courses. Surrounded by Ohio's best natural landscapes and views, golfers will find a challenge appropriate for any skill level while enjoying the array of fall colors around them.
Jason Fallon of ODNR notes, "We have a number of Halloween campouts during the month which are very popular. We also have a number of scheduled hikes which highlight the fall colors."
Check out various events happening in the Northwest Ohio area in October at Ohio State Parks:
• Halloween Campout, East Harbor  - Oct. 4-5. Lots to do for kids and families, with games, activities, give-aways, bonfires, hay rides, trick or treating and much more! (419) 734-4424.
• Halloween Campout, Grand Lake St. Marys  - Oct. 4-6. Kids' games, pumpkin carving, train rides, costume and campsite decorating contests, movies and popcorn. (419) 394-3611.
• Halloween Campout, Harrison Lake  - Oct. 4-5. Trick or treat, pumpkin carving, haunted trail, chili and vegetable soup lunch. (419) 237-2593.
• Fall Color Canoe Paddle, Van Buren  - Oct. 6, 1-3 p.m.. Must pre-register by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Oct 4. Participants must have prior canoeing experience.  $10 suggested donation per boat.  (419) 832-7662.
• Halloween Campout, East Harbor  - Oct. 11-12. As above.
• Halloween Campout, Harrison Lake  - Oct. 11-12. As above.
• Halloween Campout, Lake Loramie  - Oct. 11-13. Pumpkin carving, campsite decorating, trick or treat, movies, games and a potluck supper.  (937) 295-2011.
• Fall Family Harvest Campout, Mary Jane Thurston  - Oct. 11-12.  Moonlight movie, scarecrow making contest, floating doughnut contest, chili supper, nature programs, plus the Grand Rapids Apple Butter Festival on Sunday. (419) 832-7662.
• Hobo Stew Campout, Van Buren  - Oct. 11-12. Moonlight movie, root beer floats, pumpkin carving, and hobo stew made from ingredients brought by campers. (419) 832-7662.
• Halloween Campout, Indian Lake  - Oct. 18-19. Pumpkin carving, site decorating and costume contests, pet costume contest, trick or treat, hayrides, movies, games and a soup supper.  (937) 843-2717.
• Halloween Campout, Lake Loramie  - Oct. 18-20. As above.
• Haunted Trail, Maumee Bay  - Oct. 18-19, 7-10 p.m. at the Big Hill in the meadow area. A small fee is charged. (419) 836-8828.
• Halloween Campout, Maumee Bay  - Oct. 18-20. Campsite decorating, hayrides, trick or treat, crafts, kite building, a Halloween dance and games. (419) 836-8828.
• Walk with Nature, Grand Lake St. Marys  - Oct. 20, 12-4 p.m.  Meet at Memorial Park in St. Marys to register, then hike the historic Miami and Erie canal towpath trail.  Choose from 3.3-mile or 10-mile options. Buses are available to take hikers to and from starting and stopping points. (419) 394-3611.
• Owl Prowl, Van Buren  - Oct. 26, 7 p.m. at shelterhouse #3. Live owl program and a guided hike. (419) 832-7662.
Only the Northwest Ohio events are listed.
The ODNR website, odnr.gov includes listings of events in October for other areas of the state.
People interested in finding out where the most captivating leaves will be throughout the upcoming fall color season should check out fallcolor.ohiodnr.gov, ODNR's premier guide to Ohio's fall color season.
This website includes:
• Weekly color updates and information to help plan a fall color adventure.
• Weekly videos from Burdick that will highlight color hot spots around the state and provide information about some of Ohio's 100-plus tree species.
• Links for fall activities, scenic road trips and more, including unique overnight accommodations at Ohio State Parks.

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