Blennerhassett Island and River Play Day!

Blennerhassett Mansion at Blennerhassett Island State Park in Parkersburg, WV.

Blennerhassett Mansion at Blennerhassett Island State Park in Parkersburg, WV.

September 19, 2015 1:00 – 4:30

Join us for a fun day on the Ohio River and Blennerhassett Island!

We are tacking the river play day onto the Paddlefest event.  So, you can paddle your canoe, kayak or paddleboards in the morning, and then play on the river or hang out on the pontoon boat in the afternoon!

The river will open up for boat traffic at 1:00 pm, after the paddlefest event.  That’s when the pontoon boat and picnic on the Island will start!

There are several ways to get to the island!

  1. Meet at the Belpre boat ramps in Belpre Civitan Park for transportation to Blennerhassett Island on Don and Dottie Gearhart’s pontoon boat!  **Look for the ski club banner on the Gearhart’s boat!  Go to the boat ramp area, not the beach area.  Free for ski club members! Debbie and Jimmy Johnston may also help shuttle with their pontoon later in the afternoon.
    1. Gearharts will shuttle ski club members to the island between 1:00 – 1:30 and bring back between 4:00-4:30.  If you miss the boat, and need a ride, just call Don at 304-481-1793 and he’ll pick you up.

2.  Jump on the Sternwheel at Point Park.  $10 per adult, $8 per child  Tickets available at Blennerhassett Museum.

  1. Kayak, canoe or bring your own boat and meet us there!

Bring snacks or a covered dish to share, and your own drinks.  We’ll pick a place on the island for our food stash to share.

Once you’re on the island you can:
Rent Bikes
Tour the Mansion
Visit the gift shop
Take a horse and buggy cart tour
Walk around the island
Snack bar available

All of the tours are inexpensive.  You can view the rates here.  If you haven’t been to the island, you’re in for a treat.  It’s a small taste of history, and a true gem of a state park right in our backyard.  Plus, thanks to the Gearhart’s, there is free transportation and a chance to hang out on a pontoon boat for a while.

If you’d rather bring your own boat, kayak, canoe or stand-up paddle board, just paddle over!

So – if you plan to join us, please let us know.  I’d like to get an idea of the amount of members to expect.  Just click here to send me a quick email:

Also, if you have any questions or suggestions, let me know through the email, or call my cell at 740-525-8124.  Or, if you have questions about the island, call (304) 420-4800.

Thanks and we hope you can take an afternoon to play and enjoy the river and island!  Bring a friend and introduce them to our club! Let’s get new members!