Slowing down at Chilo


The new paint job on the historic water tower was one of the summer highlights at Chilo Lock 34 Park.

CHILO – The thermometer might say otherwise, but summer wanes. Less than a week remains before the official crossover into autumn on Monday, Sept. 23.

With that in mind, the Clermont County Park District’s visitors center and river museum at Chilo Lock 34 Park will move to its off-season hours at the end of the month.

The facility will be closed to the public Monday and Tuesday starting Sept. 30 and Oct. 1; hours of operation starting Wednesday, Oct. 2, will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

“We had a great spring and summer with the extended hours and being open six days a week,” said site manager Ben Morrill. “But as the days get shorter, we get fewer guests.

“It was busy summer. The water tower next to our building was restored and repainted. We had events like Rendezvous on the River to open the season and Steamboat Days in August to celebrate our river heritage.

“We met a lot of guests who had never been here before and were happy to see a lot of return visitors, too.”

The off-season may be slow for walk-up guests, but is an excellent time for tour groups. Call 513-876-9013 to arrange a guided visit for your group.

Additionally, several popular naturalist programs are on tap at Chilo Lock 34 Park in the coming weeks, including the family campfire and night hike Sept. 20 and the Halloween campfire night Oct. 18.

“The museum may be closed a little more frequently than it is during our peak season, but we’ll be using the time it’s closed to improve our existing exhibits and open some new ones,” Morrill said. “It’s kind of like the river itself. It keeps rolling and changing.”