On May 31, 2009, My family and went out to Lodi Community Park to hunt for Fossils.
Directions from Akron Ohio:
1)Take I-76 W/US-224 W toward Lodi Continue to follow US-224 W ~25 mi
2) Take the US-42/OH-421 ramp to Lodi/Medina 0.1 mi
3) Sharp left at Lafayette Rd/OH-421/US-42 Continue to follow OH-421 1.4 mi
4) Turn right at Elyria St/OH-83 0.2 mi
Once at the park, drive toward the back to the turn around and park along the road.
The collecting is along the river which is a tributary of the Black River. Fossils can be found in sandy shales and sandy limestone. Most of the sandstone fossils are just imprints. Fossil casts can be found in the shale and thin limestone beds.
While fossil collecting, we discovered some of the park’s wild life:
small brown snake, several salamanders, toads, and crayfish.
While the fossil collecting cannot rated as great. It is a good location for young children and interesting fossils can be found. I would not drive out of my way for this location but if your in the Akron to Lodi to Cleveland Area, it does make for a nice outing.
Park has picnic and bathrooms. 1/4 mile further upstream from the end of the park is a nice wading pool in the river.