Pickaway County OH- Boaters, anglers, and outdoor enthusiasts have a new access to the Scioto River in Pickaway County, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The ramp is located in South Bloomfield, on the south side of State Route 316 near U.S. 23. Construction on the access ramp and parking lot was completed in December 2020 in partnership between the Division of Wildlife and the village of South Bloomfield.
The new ramp is approximately 6 river miles south of the Mackey Ford Wildlife Area ramp, making it possible to have a lengthy float downstream between the two access points. This stretch of the Scioto River features islands, off-shoots, woody debris, and other obstacles. These landmarks make for exciting boating as well as great fish and wildlife habitat.
Those who want to fish the Scioto River will find plenty of opportunities to catch spotted bass and flathead catfish in this stretch of water. Wildlife species that frequent this corridor include beavers, white-tailed deer, great blue herons, belted kingfishers, and many more birds.
Recently, a giant tree washed up at the base of the ramp, and it will be removed as soon as possible. Those looking to use the ramp can still do so in a smaller craft. Use extra caution when launching and retrieving boats in this area.
It is best to check the Scioto River’s water level before heading out, and always wear a life vest. The U.S. Geological Survey maintains a series of stream gauges that can help boaters know when the conditions are right for their level of experience.
This project was funded through the Ohio Boater Angler Fund and Sport Fish Restoration Act, an excise tax on fishing equipment administered through the Division of Wildlife and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. For more information on boating access in Ohio and to find fishing reports, maps, and more fishing resources, visit wildohio.gov. Download the HuntFish OH mobile app for fishing information on the go.
Photo credit to the Division of Wildlife