CHILO – Spring has sprung. Sort of.
Whacky weather notwithstanding, the calendar indicates we’ve reached the time of year when people are itching to get outside.
The Clermont County Park District has the cure. Rendezvous on the River is set for Saturday, April 14, at Chilo Lock 34 Park and Visitors Center.
“We’re open all year ‘round, but we like to have a kickoff event in to spring to remind people we’re here,” said Jim Setty, site manager. “The park is starting to bloom and the Visitors Center has a wealth of information on the Ohio River.
“We’re especially proud of Chilo’s connection to the history of steamboats and their impact on the county, the state and the region.”
Special guests on each of the three floors at the Visitors Center highlight the Rendezvous.
Captain Bill Judd (retired) will be on the first floor to discuss steamboats. Lockmaster Jim Noble (retired) will talk about the history of the dams, both at Chilo and Meldahl. Storyteller Dave Vornholt will talk about traveling the entire length of the Ohio River in a 14-foot boat.
In addition to the Visitors Center, Chilo Lock 34 has a boat ramp, river walk, playground and hiking trails. It is adjacent to Crooked Run Nature Preserve, which features more hiking trails, viewing stands and bird blinds to observe wildlife.
Rendezvous on the River is free and open to the public; it runs from noon to 3 p.m.
Chilo Lock 34 Visitors Center is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
For more information, call 513-876-9013.
Mark D. Motz is the Community Relations Manager for the Clermont County Park District. A native Cincinnatian, he has worked for more than 25 years as an award-winning journalist and public relations professional. Away from work, he enjoys photography, theater and spending time with his nine godchildren.