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A local kayaking club paddled across the Mahoning River for their annual trip. Their goal is to get more people out on the river.
The Trumbull Canoe Trails Kayak Club began it’s three-hour trip across the Mahoning River near downtown Youngstown at the B & O station on Sunday.
For the first time in the 6 years of the trip, the canoes are being launched from a nicely refurbished dock.
Members were eager and excited to hit the water.
“We love canoeing with these people,” said Dianne Ambrose of Beaver County. “We’ve developed friends with a lot of people and it’s really a great time.”
“We’ve gone down the mahoning a bunch of times. It’s not too far from my own house and it’s nice to come out with a club and meet new people and kinda network with it. It’s fun,” added Adam Parrot of Bessemer.
17 boats took off from the B & O Station dock. They’ll make their way through Struthers, and the final stop is Lowellville.
The group passed by several main rapids on the river, the first one under the Marshall Street bridge.
“There’s actually about five nice rapids that are all class two and under. Which are pretty safe rapids for a novice to do,” said Michael Danko, President of Trumbull Canoe Trails.
The club has high hopes for the Mahoning River. Members would love to see more people out in canoes paddling on the water.
“It’s just something that we want to keep promoting the Mahoning River for. It’s one of the reasons we wanna see the dams come out,” said Danko. “The dams are obsolete. They’re unusable. They’re actualyl a hazard.”
Thanks to a $2.4 million grant, the village of Lowellville is now able to go forward with a project to remove its dam.
“But not just remove the dam, modify it to the point where you make some man-made rapids which are safe, but fun to go through,” said Danko.
Such as the one under the Marshall Street bridge.
“It’s fun to go through the water and get splashed in the face with a rapid,” said Danko.
Work to remove the Lowellville dam should start soon. The club plans to start efforts to have the Struthers dam removed as well.