Outdoor Adventure


Outdoor Adventure at Lorain County Metro Parks

The Outdoor Adventure department offers programs to explore the outdoors on various adventure activities such as kayaking, backpacking, fly fishing and cycling. Opportunities are available to improve your skill level as well as introduce you to new activities. These programs include classes, trips, competitions and more. You can also join various adventure related clubs that host gatherings, trips, seminars, and other activities. Club participants help to plan and facilitate many of the activities that will take place through the clubs.

Miller Nature Preserve

 

Clubs

ADVENTURE CLUBS

Lorain County Metro Parks has started various adventure related clubs.  These clubs will work to inspire participation in adventure recreation through gatherings, trips, seminars, and other activities.  Club participants will also help to plan and facilitate many of the activities that will take place through the clubs.

Paddling Sports Club


This club will host several paddling opportunities throughout the year. Some boats will be provided for those just wanting to try the sport. You can also meet others interested in exploring the waterways.

Complete 2014 Paddling
Sports Club schedule

Cycling
Click here to see our Paddling Sports Club brochure.

 

Hiking and Backpacking Club


Please feel free to join us even if you have limited backpacking experience, or would just like to gain more information about this opportunity.

Complete 2014 Hiking and
Backpacking Club schedule

Email Jannah at jwilson@metroparks.cc with any questions and for upcoming meeting dates for these LCMP Adventure Clubs.

Friends of the Metro Parks Hiking Stick Program

The hiking stick program started in 1986 with 7 parks and 4,200 acres. This program was adapted to get people into the parks and enjoying nature. As an incentive hiking sticks were given out after completing 6 hikes in 4 different parks, a park naturalist has to sign off on the hiking stick form. For returning participates a metal tag is given to attach to your hiking stick.

Now with 28 parks and over 10,000 acres, the program continues today. It has become a great outing for the scout troops, senior citizens and families. What a fantastic way to visit your parks, learn about nature first hand and engaging in a healthy life style. Hiking stick forms are available below, or at any park. Hikes run April 1st through June 30th.

OTHER CLUBS

 

Geocaching

Geocaching is a treasure hunting sport where people use GPS (Global Positioning Satellite) units to find caches that have been hidden.

Geocachers use a handheld GPS unit and known coordinates to find the hidden caches. This cache hunt is an entertaining adventure game. Caches are set up all over the world and the locations are shared on the internet. Click here for more information on Geocaching.

 

Fishing

Looking into going fishing in the Lorain County Metro Parks? There are plenty of locations within the Park system for Steelhead fishing.

Click here to view a map of the Steelhead Trout Fishing Areas in Erie and Lorain Counties.

 

Disc Golf

The Bacon Woods area of Vermilion River Reservation is home to a Disc Golf course open to the public. This beautiful 9-hole course takes full advantage of the open meadows of the park. Spanning open fields, along ponds and through tall grass, players can enjoy a wide array of scenic and challenging terrain.

The Carriage Barn has discs availbale for use and provides a course map as well as a fill-in scorecard.

 

Adventure Related Parks

 

Annual Events

 

 

Cycling

SNOWSHOEING OPPORTUNITIES

January - February 2015

Take advantage of the snowy season by trying out snowshoes! Many programs and rental opportunities will be available at several parks. During the programs, learn more about the history of snowshoeing followed by a snowshoe hike (equipment provided). If conditions are not suitable for snowshoeing, the group will hike. All guided snowshoeing programs are FREE but require pre-registration. Register online by clicking here or by calling 1-800-LCM-PARK. On the rental dates, snowshoes will be available for use in one hour increments. There must be at least five inches of snow in order to conduct the rentals. The cost is $2 per person, per hour, and snowshoes are first come, first serve. Both the programs and rentals are open to children and adults. Contact Jannah at (440) 967-7310 with any questions regarding snowshoeing programs and rentals. Check out the schedule below for snowshoeing opportunity dates.

January 2015 Snowshoeing Schedule:
Please pre-register in advance by calling 1-800-LCM-PARK or by clicking the link above

CARRIAGE BARN SNOWSHOE RENTALS
Friday, Jan. 2, 10am-4:30pm
Carriage Barn, Vermilion River Reservation
Rent snowshoes for $2 per person/per hr. Wed-Sun. First come-first serve. No PR required. Through 1/31.
FULL MOON HIKE W/ SNOWSHOES
Sunday, Jan. 4, 5:30pm-7pm
Wellington Reservation
4-mile guided hike. Shorter hike, return on your own. Arrive at 5 pm if you would like snowshoes.
SNOWSHOE HIKE
Saturday, Jan. 10, 10am-11am
Indian Hollow Reservation
Meet at Royal Oaks parking lot. Snowshoes provided. 4 in of snow required. PR by 1/7.
SNOWSHOE HIKE
Saturday, Jan. 10, 11am-12:30pm
Miller Nature Preserve
Snowshoes provided. 4 inches of snow required (optional hike if no snow). PR by 1/7.
SNOWSHOE HIKE
Saturday, Jan. 10, 2:30pm-4pm
Miller Nature Preserve
Snowshoes provided. 4 inches of snow required (optional hike if no snow). PR by 1/7.
SNOWSHOE RENTALS
Sunday, Jan. 11, 11am-3pm
Sandy Ridge Reservation
Drop-in rentals available (at least 4 inches of snow required). First come, first serve. Sizing based on weight, kid sizes available. $2 per person, per hour.
HOMESCHOOL: SNOWSHOEING
Thursday, Jan. 15, 1pm-2:30pm
Amherst Beaver Creek
Snowshoes provided. 4 inches of snow required (optional hike if no snow). PR by 1/12.
SNOWSHOE RENTALS
Saturday, Jan. 17, 11am-3pm
Sandy Ridge Reservation
Drop-in rentals available (at least 4 inches of snow required). First come, first serve. Sizing based on weight, kid sizes available. $2 per person, per hour.
SNOWSHOEING HIKE
Saturday, Jan. 17, 2pm-3:30pm
Vermilion River Reservation
Snowshoes provided. 4 inches of snow required (optional hike if no snow). PR by 1/14.
NIGHTTIME STARGAZING HIKE
Sunday, Jan. 18, 6pm-8pm
Wellington Reservation
Snowshoe or walk exploring the wonders of the Winter Milky Way. Arrive at 5:30pm for snowshoes.
SNOWSHOEING HIKE
Saturday, Jan. 24, 10am-11:30am
Amherst Beaver Creek
Snowshoes provided. 4 inches of snow required (optional hike if no snow). PR by1/21.
SNOWSHOEING HIKE
Saturday, Jan. 24, 2pm-3:30pm
Amherst Beaver Creek
Snowshoes provided. 4 inches of snow required (optional hike if no snow). PR by1/21.
SNOW SHOE RENTALS
Saturday, Jan. 24, 10am-2pm
Columbia Reservation
Come out to check out the park on snow shoes! $2 per person/per hr, 4 in. of snow is required.
SNOWSHOEING HIKE
Sunday, Jan. 25, 2pm-3:30pm
Cascade Park
Snowshoes provided. 4 inches of snow required (optional hike if no snow). PR by 1/20.
SNOWSHOEING HIKE
Saturday, Jan. 31, 11am-12pm
Vermilion River Reservation
. Snowshoes provided. 4 inches of snow required (optional hike if no snow). PR by 1/28.
SNOWSHOEING HIKE
Saturday, Jan. 31, 12:30pm-1:30pm
Vermilion River Reservation
Snowshoes provided. 4 inches of snow required (optional hike if no snow). PR by 1/28.
SNOWSHOEING HIKE
Saturday, Jan. 31, 2pm-3pm
Vermilion River Reservation
Snowshoes provided. 4 inches of snow required (optional hike if no snow). PR by 1/28.
WINTER DAYS
Sunday, Jan. 31, 11am-3pm
Vermilion River Reservation
Celebrate winter through many fun activities! Sleigh rides $1 per person, 42" and under free.

February 2015 Snowshoeing Schedule:
Please pre-register in advance by calling 1-800-LCM-PARK or by clicking the link above

SNOWSHOE HIKE
Sunday, Feb. 1, 10am-11am
Indian Hollow Reservation
Meet at Royal Oaks parking lot. Snowshoes provided. 4 in of snow required. PR by 1/30.
CARRIAGE BARN SNOWSHOE RENTALS
Sunday, Feb. 1, 10am-4:30pm
Vermilion River Reservation
Rent snowshoes for $2 per person/per hr. Wed-Sun. First come-first serve. No PR required. Through 2/28.
FULL MOON HIKE W/ SNOWSHOES
Tuesday, Feb. 3, 5:30pm-7pm
Wellington Reservation
4-mile guided hike. Shorter hike, return on your own. Arrive at 5 pm if you would like snowshoes.
SNOWSHOEING HIKE
Saturday, Feb. 7, 11am-12:30pm
Miller Nature Preserve
Snowshoes provided. 4 inches of snow required (optional hike if no snow). PR by 2/4.
SNOWSHOE RENTALS
Saturday, Feb. 7, 11am-3pm
Sandy Ridge Reservation
Drop-in rentals available (at least 4 inches of snow required). First come, first serve.
SNOWSHOE RENTALS
Sunday, Feb. 8, 11am-3pm
Sandy Ridge Reservation
Drop-in rentals available (at least 4 inches of snow required). First come, first serve.
SNOWSHOE RENTALS
Saturday, Feb. 14, 10am-2pm
Columbia Reservation
Come out to check out the park on snow shoes! $2 per person/per hr, 4 in of snow is required. Meet at Lodge. Through 2/15.
VALENTINES SNOWSHOEING HIKE
Saturday, Feb. 14, 2pm-3:30pm
Vermilion River Reservation
Snowshoes provided. 4 inches of snow required (optional hike if no snow). PR by 2/11.
SNOWSHOEING HIKE
Monday, Feb. 16, 10am-11:30am
Vermilion River Reservation
Snowshoes provided. 4 inches of snow required (optional hike if no snow). PR by 2/13.
SNOWSHOE RENTALS
Saturday, Feb. 21, 9am-12pm
French Creek Nature & Arts Center
At least 4” snow required; first come, first serve. Kid and adult sizing. $2 per person per hour.
SNOWSHOEING HIKE
Saturday, Feb. 21, 10am-11:30am
Amherst Beaver Creek
Snowshoes provided. 4 inches of snow required (optional hike if no snow). PR by 2/18.
SNOWSHOEING HIKE
Saturday, Feb. 21, 2pm-3pm
French Creek Nature & Arts Center
Snowshoes provided; minimum 4” snow required (winter hike if no snow). PR by 2/18.
SNOWSHOEING HIKE
Saturday, Feb. 21, 2pm-3:30pm
Amherst Beaver Creek
Snowshoes provided. 4 inches of snow required (optional hike if no snow). PR by 2/18.
SNOWSHOE RENTALS
Sunday, Feb. 22, 9am-12pm
French Creek Nature & Arts Center
At least 4” snow required; first come, first serve. Kid and adult sizing. $2 per person per hour.
SNOWSHOEING HIKE
Sunday, Feb. 22, 2pm-3pm
Bur Oak, Black River Reservation
Snowshoes provided; minimum 4” snow required (winter hike if no snow). PR by 2/19.
SNOWSHOEING HIKE
Saturday, Feb. 28, 2pm-3:30pm
Cascade Park
Snowshoes provided. 4 inches ofsnow required (optional hike if no snow). PR by 2/23.

 

 

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