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Allen County, DNR show off new Mayhew Road boat launch

August 3, 2018

 When you’re launching a boat launch, you don’t necessarily need a boat.

At least the Allen County commissioners and other state and local officials didn’t need one this morning in launching the newly finished Mayhew Bridge Boat Launch on the St. Joseph River.

Cutting a big red ribbon was enough as the as cooperative project between the county and the Indiana Department of Environmental Resources just off Mayhew Road was opened to the public for the first time.

The site will see its official launch with boats on Wednesday, when the public can join Northeast Indiana Water Trails at 6 p.m. for a group paddle from the site to Fort Wayne’s Shoaff Park.

That’s about a 90-minute to two-hour paddle, according to Kyle Quandt of the Northeastern Indiana Regional Partnership, a trip organizer. She said the event is family friendly and free.

There’s no charge to use the launch at any time, and it will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, according to William Seegers, a DNR official who oversees all of Indiana’s 433 state-related boat launches.   

rsalter@jg.net

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