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Portage Lakes Purple Martin Association

KiwanisTwilight Boat Rides

TWILIGHT BOAT RIDES We are now taking reservations for Nimisila Twilight Boat Rides to see the premigratory roost. Last year we had a bumper crop of fledglings. At one point it was estimated to be about 50,000 birds. Most evenings there were at least 30,000 birds. It is one of nature's most spectacular events. Rides start August 1st thru 31st. The rides are sponsored by Portage Lakes Kiwanis with PLPMA beneficiary. Christina Voigt is in charge of reservations. Telephone her at: 330-310-7325. The cost of the ride is $30.00 per person. It is advised that reservations be made early as the rides generally sell out. The boat holds 8 people, if you wish to reserve a whole boat load. If you are a recognized regular Purple Martin feeder you may be entitled to a special concession on the cost of the boat ride. Please inform Christina if that is the case. A second boat has been donated to us, but needs extensive rehab and refurbishing. Anyone wishing to donate funds for this purpose should call Larry Hunter at: 330-644-1540. or contact him by mail: Larry Hunter, 4737 Bickford Avenue, New Franklin, OH 44319. The cost to refurbish a pontoon boat, including batteries, electric motor and charger runs into several thousand dollars.


Portage Lakes Purple Martin president, Kay Lukac needs skippers for the Purple Martin Twilight Boat Rides. If you are interested in driving the boats for the rides on Lake Nimisila in August, please contact Kay at: 330-283-5771


Nimisila Sunset
The birds settle in for the night.