The timing is unfortunate but the work is certainly needed.
Lake Metroparks will temporarily close its 58-acre Helen Hazen Wyman Park while vital paving work is being done at the reserve. This closure is scheduled for Friday, October 15 and Monday, October 18.
Helen Hazen Wyman Park is located off Route 86 (Painesville-Ravenna Road) along the Painesville Township-Concord Township line and is the parks system’s oldest unit, established in 1959.
As many fishermen know, Helen Hazen Wyman Park is a must go-to destination this time of year for steelhead anglers looking to fish the lower portion of Big Creek as well as one of the most high-valued strecthes of the Grand River.
Alternative nearby steelhead fishing sites include Lake Metroparks' 59-acre Beaty Landing at 417 East Walnut Street (Route 84), Painesville; located just west of where the road crosses over the Grand River.
Other steelhead fishing options are Painesville's Recreation Park on Main Street as well as Lake Metroparks' 5-acre Grand River Landing, 800 North St. Clair Street, Fairport Harbor.
This last location saw tremendous usage over the weekend, used by both shore anglers and boat fishermen.
- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn