As part of the FFR mini-series on Steelhead Alley we are taking maps of the Lake Erie steelhead tributaries to a new level. Tonight we begin our journey with the Vermilion River. The Vermilion River is a tributary to Lake Erie in western Ohio and winds through urban areas, rural landscapes, valleys, and gorges. The " V", as it is known locally, gets excellent returns of spring run Manistee strain steelhead starting in late November thanks to the stocking efforts of the Ohio Division of Wildlife (DOW).
As you may know, we at FFR are a bit nutty about maps. We like to know where we are going and where to find good quality fishing. Fortunately for us, the Ohio DNR has made life a little easier and created a map showing designated steelhead trout fishing areas and public access points along the Vermilion River.
While the Ohio DNR map is nice we wanted more. So we geocoded the designated steelhead trout fishing area and public access points and plotted them on this handy interactive Google map (red icons). Included are the Municipal Boat Ramp, Jersusalem Road, Bacon Woods, Mill Hollow, Peasley Road, Gore Orphanage Road, Schoepfle Garden and Wakeman Dam access points.
We also threw on the Vermilion River USGS gauge (yellow icon) so you can get real-time stream flow data and determine when it is time to call in sick and hit the river. Just click on the gauge marker and a graph of stream flow (in cfs) for the past seven days will pop up.
But that's not all. We also added a really cool local search box so you can find stuff. Stuff you'll need. Stuff like local fly shops, hotels and restaurants, or whatever your heart desires. Try it out, we think you'll like it.[gmap width=700 height=600 lat=41.330556 long=-82.350556 z=11 kmlfile="http://flyfishingreporter.com/maps/oh/OH_Vermilion_River.kml"]
Got an iPhone? Get the FFR iPhone App and get turn-by-turn directions to all access points on this map and real-time stream flow data on the go. Learn more about the FFR iPhone App.
You can navigate about the Vermilion River Google map using the pan and zoom controls in the upper left-hand corner and change to 'Satellite' or 'Terrain' views using the button in the upper right-hand corner. It is pretty amazing (and a little scary) the level of detail available on Google maps these days.
Give it a whirl and enjoy!
Ken Sperry is the editor of Fly Fishing Reporter and a life-long fly fisherman. When not fishing he's usually out running with hopes of qualifying for the Boston Marathon. He also dabbles in building websites and smartphone apps.
[Video] Fishing for Cutthroat Trout Oustide Livingston Montana10 May, 2015
How Montana Became THE Best Trout Fishing Destination19 May, 2014
[Video] Wander: Montana Fly Fishing On the Bitterroot River20 Jan, 2014
[Video] Muskegon River Fall Steelhead with RiverQuest Charters16 Jan, 2014
[Video] Tenkara Winter Fishing on the Madison River with Craig Mathews13 Jan, 2014
[Video] Oregon. Big Brown Trout. Fly Fishing. Obsession