For Immediate Release

October 15, 2020

Mineral City, Ohio — Rural Action’s Huff Run Watershed Team will host a Community Paddle on Leesville Lake from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25. In case of bad weather, the paddle will be Nov. 1 from 2 p.m. -4 p.m.

Before getting on the water, participants will learn about the history of Leesville Lake and the Conotton Creek Watershed. An experienced kayaker will also provide tips to ensure that everyone stays dry while kayaking.

“Kayaking and canoeing are great ways to experience the incredible water assets in our community,” AmeriCorps member Vicki Irr says. “Being able to get out on the water really helps you to appreciate how hard everyone works to keep our waterways healthy.”

The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District is providing 10 solo kayaks and 2 tandem kayaks for participants to borrow, but because of limited availability, please bring your own kayak or canoe if you own one.

Boaters will meet at the parking area and launch point that is right before the Leesville Lake South South Fork Campgrounds. The coordinates are 40.4662, -81.1919 (click link to see it on Google Maps). Face coverings will be required during registration but not on the water. Due to the colder temperatures this time of year, it is recommended that participants have some previous kayaking experience.

Since refreshments will be provided and there are a limited number of kayaks to loan, registration is required for this event. Visit to register.

If you have questions or register and later realize you can’t attend the event, please email

Rural Action is a regional community development organization with a 32-county footprint working with members and community leaders on a range of quality of life, environmental, and economic projects across rural Appalachian Ohio. Its mission is to build a more just economy by developing the region’s assets in environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable ways. Learn more about Rural Action at



Marissa Lautzenheiser
Director of Northern Programs
330-859-2798 (available during normal business hours)