Visitor Center extends hours


The Chilo water tower at the start of refurbishing this spring.

CHILO – Keeping a secret can be tough. The Clermont County Park District won’t even try.

With new staff in place, the Chilo Lock 34 Park Visitor Center expands its hours for the summer season.

Effective immediately, the museum will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday for the summer. The new schedule gives visitors an extra day – and an extra hour each day – to enjoy one of the best facilities on the Ohio River.

“We hear it all the time from our guests,” said Ben Morrill, site manager. “’I’ve been in the park before, but never in the building. We came by, but it wasn’t open.’ Once they’ve been in, though, they like what they see and often become repeat visitors.

“We’ve heard it called the best-kept secret in the county. Well, we’re trying to make sure it’s not a secret any more. We want to give people every opportunity to experience the Ohio River from this unique setting and perspective.”

“One of our goals is to get as many people as possible in Clermont County to be Park District guests,” said Mark D. Motz, community relations manager. “Not just guests, but active consumers.

“A trip to the visitor center gives users plenty to consume. It has benefit of the typically incredible natural resources of our parks across the width and breadth of the county. But it adds elements of natural and social history to help tell the story of the county and the country via the Ohio River.

“We hope extending the hours of operation in the museum will attract more of what I call the accidental tourists – people who happen to see the sign out on (U.S. Highway) 52 – will have a chance to see the facility.

“At the same time, we’re working to make the Chilo experience unique and worthwhile for first timers and repeat visitors alike. Having the doors open longer and more frequently gives us a chance to do that.”