A new guide to area water trails has just been released. The creation of the guide comes from the growing interest of kayaking and paddling sports in the area.

The Put-in-Bay Township Park District, along with their partners, the National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program and Ohio Sea Grant announce the release of a new publication: the Lake Erie Islands Water Trails guide.

The brochure features five circular paddling routes and associated public access points around South Bass, Middle Bass, North Bass, Kelleys Island, and the Catawba and Marblehead peninsula area. Access points to the nearly 60 miles of paddling trails are visible from the water and marked with color coded signs that coordinate with the guide by island. Safety, environmental information, access amenities, and paddling distances are also included.

The free guides are available at the Lake Erie Shores and Islands Welcome Centers in Port Clinton and Sandusky, as well as the Lake Erie Island State Park Offices on South Bass, Middle Bass and Kelleys Islands and the Aquatic Visitors Center at Put-in-Bay. It is also available online at go.osu.edu/LEwatertrails.