10115 laymon road gambier, ohio
Kokosing State Scenic River
Water Trail Access at Laymon Road
Kokosing Gap Canoe Access is #3 on the Water Trail Map of the Kokosing State Scenic River. It is located at 17812 Lower Gambier Road Mount Vernon 43050. This two-acre site consists of a parking lot, kiosk, picnic table and grill. A mowed path takes the paddler to the small launch site. The Park District has restored a portion of the site back to riparian forest with hardwood tree plantings. Notice the Eastern Bluebird box that was mounted in 2016 and served as a nesting site for House Wrens during the nesting season.
2.0 miles to Big Run Road Bridge River Access
River access on old bridge right-of-way.
Kokosing Gap Trail is approximately 500′ south on Laymon Road.The Village of Gambier and Kenyon College are located on the hills just north of the access.The Brown Family Environmental Center at Kenyon College is a 461-acre natural studies area with a nature center and butterfly garden surrounding this access and offers many pubic programs.
This stretch of the river contains short riffles followed by long pools. The Kokosing Gap Trail crosses the river on a large railroad bridge 0.5 mile downstream
Did you know there are over 50+ fish species located in the Kokosing State Scenic River? Many of those include; various Chubs such as the Creek and Bigeye Chub, various Redhorse species from the Smallmouth Redhorse to the Golden Redhorse and typical Sunfish from the Redear Sunfish to the Bluegill. The Kokosing River is known primarily for the abundant amount of smallmouth bass throughout the entire main stem of the river from Mount Vernon to the confluence at Walhonding. For more information on the species found throughout the Kokosing River, click on the link above and download the Fish ID checklist specific to the River Access points and their locations. This checklist was a collaborative effort with Brian Zimmerman, OSU Research River Ecologist and the Knox County Park District.