PaddleQuest 2008 Coming to Deer Creek State Park

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Event sponsored by Gander Mountain and ODNR

PaddleQuest 2008 Coming to Deer Creek State Park COLUMBUS, OH – Paddle Quest 2008, a series of events that promote canoeing and kayaking in Ohio, is coming to Deer Creek State Park in Pickaway County on Saturday, June 28, beginning at 10 a.m.

Paddle Quest 2008 is sponsored by Gander Mountain Company, the nation’s largest retail network of stores for hunting, fishing, camping, boating, marine, and outdoor lifestyle products and services, in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

The statewide series began in May at Shawnee State Park near Portsmouth and is traveling to nine state parks this summer in partnership with Ohio State Parks and the ODNR Division of Watercraft.

“We hope to raise public awareness of the excellent opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors right here in south-central Ohio and across the state,” said Joe Hardin, district manager of Gander Mountain’s Ohio stores. “Paddling is fun, great exercise, and something that can be done inexpensively and close to home.”

In addition to enjoying a day on the water at Deer Creek Reservoir, event participants will enjoy a cookout-style lunch, door prizes, and a chance to win a matching pair of kayaks. The Paddle Quest 2008 series concludes September 20 at Salt Fork State Park in Guernsey County.

Following the June 28 Paddle Quest event at Deer Creek, the series will be held at the following locations. Each event begins at 10 A.M.:

July 12 – Salt Fork State Park

July 26 – Mohican State Park

August 9 – Geneva State Park

August 23 – Punderson State Park

September 13 – Maumee Bay State Park

September 20 – Salt Fork State Park

Canoeing and kayaking event sponsored by Gander Mountain and ODNR “We’re really excited to partner with Gander Mountain on this event,” said Arley Owens, special programs manager for Ohio State Parks. “It’s a great chance for the whole family to get acquainted with canoeing or just to get out with other outdoor enthusiasts and enjoy our great state parks.”

No experience is required to participate in these free events, and they are open to all ages. Participants under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. All Paddle Quest participants, regardless of age, are required to wear approved life jackets during the event.

Canoes, kayaks, paddles and life jackets are not provided, so participants must bring their own equipment. Rental boats and safety equipment may be available at some state parks. Pre-registration and event day registration is required for Gander Mountain prize eligibility. For more information on Paddle Quest 2008 and to pre-register, visit on the Internet or call your local Gander Mountain store. A complete schedule of events and information about state park lodging and camping information can also be found at