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Rep. Redfern recommends state funding for Keeper’s House, East Harbor

State Controlling Board member Rep. Chris Redfern (D-Catawba Island) this week voted to release over $150,000 in state funding for upgrades to the Marblehead Lighthouse State Park Keeper’s House and East Harbor State Park.

“I am pleased that we will help preserve a part of our peninsula’s history at the ‘second’ Keeper’s House for future generations. And with improvements at East Harbor, we will meet the increased demand for services from visitors and vacationers,” said Rep. Redfern. “Investments that promote access to lakeside recreation and preserve historical landmarks are fundamental to our local economy.”

The “second” Keeper’s House, constructed adjacent to the lighthouse in 1880, is in need of external repair and painting of its wooden structure to preserve the integrity of the building. It currently serves as a museum and is staffed by historical society volunteers. The Keeper’s House garage will receive similar renovations.

East Harbor State Park will update electrical systems at the park’s camp store to meet increased demand, while the campground will install a new floating courtesy dock to accommodate greater boater access to Lake Erie.

Rep. Redfern serves as one of seven members on the State Controlling Board, a panel tasked with oversight of state spending.

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Family Fishing Day at East Harbor

East Harbor State Park held its 14th annual Family Fishing Day on Saturday, April 26. 500 trout from the Castalia Trout Farm were released into the pond next to the Lakewood Shelter in the park. The trout were all 12-14”.

“This is the nicest weather we’ve had in a couple years,” said Ted Johnson from the Ohio State Parks Service. “With this nice of weather, we could expect to see 100 people out here throughout the day.”

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Ottawa County Beach Clean-Up

To celebrate Earth Day and help remove litter from our area beaches, the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District, Alliance for the Great Lakes, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Friends of Magee Marsh, East Harbor State Park, and Catawba Island State Park, are hosting a county-wide beach clean-up. 

All beach clean-ups will be held Saturday, April 19 at 9 a.m.  If you are interested in volunteering at one of the four local beach clean-up events, please call to register. Make a difference this Earth Day and volunteer to keep Lake Erie clean!

Catawba Island State Park: Mike Monnett 419-734-4425

East Harbor State Park: Mike Monnett 419-734-4425

Magee Marsh: Becky Simpson 419-898-1595

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge: Justin Woldt 419-898-0014

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