Anglers should be aware that due to construction activities at the Fremont Water Pollution Control Center, public access to the popular Sandusky River fishing location known as the Sand Docks will be closed until further notice, according to the city of Fremont.

The Fremont Water Pollution Control Center will be undergoing a major renovation beginning in the spring of 2013 and lasting until 2016. The fishing location, which is located southeast of the Fremont Pollution Control Center at the end of Sand Road, will need to be closed to ensure public safety.

Anglers looking for another access may be interested to learn that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife has a new fishing access in that area. The Darr-Root Fishing Access is now open to the public. This area is located at 201 Walnut St., and is directly across the river from the Sand Docks.

Currently the Darr-Root site has shoreline fishing access only, although small boats could be carried and launched into the river. Future plans are to build a launch ramp for motor boats on the site.

The Darr-Root Fishing Access was partially donated to the Division of Wildlife by Mr. Joe Darr, and the remainder was purchased by the Division of Wildlife using the Wildlife Boater Angler Fund. This fund is dedicated to increasing motor boat access areas across Ohio.

The reason for the renovation to the pollution control center is to increase the capacity of the Wastewater Treatment Facility from 10 million gallons per day up to 24 million gallons per day. This increase in capacity will significantly reduce the number of combined sewer overflows from the City of Fremont’s sewer system, resulting in improvements to the water quality of the Sandusky River and downstream environments.

Image courtesy Ohio Department of Natural Resources

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