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Families On The Water Program by the ODNR

Families On The Water is a pilot program from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources — a partnership among the Division of Wildlife, the Division of Watercraft and the Division of Parks and Recreation — to get the whole family outdoors to learn about and enjoy boating and fishing, together.

June 7 and 9 at Cabela’s (Polaris) and June 11, 17 and 18 at Delaware State Park, Families On the Water Program

Deadline to apply is May 1, 2016.

The 2016 program includes

  • Two workshops at Cabela’s (Polaris) Tuesday, June 7, and Thursday, June 9, from 6-8pm each night
  • An all-day fishing and boating outing at Delaware State Park on Saturday, June 11, and
  • An overnight campout at Delaware State Park on Friday, June 17, followed by a day of activities Saturday, June 18.

Families must commit to attending all events associated with the program including a family interview and successfully completing an Ohio Boating Education Course (Home Study version) provided by ODNR.


Participants will receive instruction on boat handling, pole rigging, fish species, fishing technique, tent set-up, campfire cooking and campground safety as well as advice on how to shop, what to buy, what resources are available and how to use them.

All materials, gear, boats, and equipment will be provided except that by June 7, participants 16 or older must have a valid Ohio fishing license. (May be purchased first night at Cabela’s.)

For more information on the program is here or contact

Dawn Potter, 614-265-6412, dawn.potter@dnr.state.oh.us or
John Farson, 614-265-6310, john.farson@dnr.state.oh.us

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