2009-05-02 / News

Cranberry Bog lottery set

COLUMBUS - Nature enthusiasts throughout Ohio are encouraged to enter a lottery to tour Ohio's only floating island - Cranberry Bog State Nature Preserve in Buckeye Lake - during the bog's annual open house from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 20.

Attendance at this popular open house is limited in an effort to curtail potential damage to the bog's delicate sphagnum moss surface, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Natural Areas and Preserves.

Anyone interested in touring the bog on June 20 should send a postcard to the Division of Natural Areas & Preserves, 2045 Morse Road, F-1, Columbus, Ohio 43229. Postcards must be postmarked by May 31 and contain the following information: contact name, address with zip code, daytime phone number and total number of people in the party (not to exceed four). Only one postcard will be accepted per family.

The lottery drawing will be held in early June and winners will be notified by mail. Walk-in visitors are welcome to attend, however, they will not be guaranteed a time slot. Boat transportation to and from the island will be provided by the Greater Buckeye Lake Historical Society for a donation of $5 per person.

Cranberry Bog is one of Ohio's most unique natural areas. The 11-acre island was registered as a National Natural Landmark in 1968. Its unique composition gives the island a spongy surface, therefore visitors are required to remain on the boardwalk.

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