The launch site is near the old Ballville Dam on the Sandusky River

FREMONT – An increase in water flow after the demolition of the Ballville Dam has led to the creation of water sports opportunities.

Beth Turner took advantage of the new water flow by starting a kayaking business that opened last week.

The new kayaking business is called Ghoul Runnings, inspired by Turner’s other venture as part-owner of Haunted Hydro, the haunted seasonal attraction of 1333 Tiffin St.

Turner said she has been kayaking for four years. After gifting her daughter a kayak, she started implementing her new business plan last December.

“I mean, the process kind of turned into a lot more work than we thought,” Turner said. “As everyone knows, it’s not easy to start a business, but we managed to do everything, all the paperwork, do everything.”

Ballville dam removal

After the town of Fremont destroyed the Ballville Dam three years ago, Turner noticed that the Sandusky River had higher water levels and better flow. Turner and some of Hydro’s cast and crew were going kayaking after working on sets for the Hydro since the dam was demolished.

Some kayakers were in Halloween attire, which prompted her to name the company Ghoul Runnings.

“We noticed a lot more water flowing behind the Hydro, which had never been there before in the summer, I mean we never thought of canoeing or kayaking or anything in it. off the hydro property because there was never enough water, ”Turner said. “This is where the Ghoul Runnings came in because it was kind of like a group of ghouls going down the river.”

In setting up her business, Turner was encouraged by Fremont’s Director of Economic Development Bob Gross and Mayor Danny Sanchez to settle on the reservoir in addition to the Sandusky River launch site.

“They said,” We want to start this at the tank, and we’ve got the A-frame over there, the canoe livery, you know, that’s perfect, let’s see if maybe, you want to do something there- high, ‘”Turner said.

The A-frame is where the old Portage Trail canoe livery was, which was owned and operated by the Turner family over 30 years ago.

Due to bad weather on Friday and Saturday, Ghoul Runnings didn’t hold its opening until Sunday at Fremont Reservoir, but they hope to have more kayakers this weekend.

Sunset kayaking

On Saturday June 5, Ghoul Runnings will host a Sunset Kayak Event where participants can rent a kayak or canoe ($ 20 for the event) or bring their own gear and cruise the 8 p.m. Fremont Reservoir. at 9:30 p.m.

Turner said that due to staff levels and the training process, this event and regular kayak rentals are all that will be offered now. However, in the near future, she hopes to organize guided kayak tours, which would include nature and bird, moonlight, couple and historical tours. Kayaking lessons will also be planned in the future, and course registrations will be posted at the reservoir this weekend to help gauge interest and possibly set up group lessons.

“We have a lot of ideas in mind, but we only have a few weeks under our belt here,” said Turner.

Ghoul Runnings is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and kayaks are available for hire for $ 15 for an hour and $ 10 for each additional hour. There are 38 kayaks and 16 canoes available for hire. Anyone interested in booking a trip can stop by the “Yak Shack” at the reservoir or visit the “Ghoul Runnings – Kayak Adventures” Facebook group.

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