Otto Loggers keeps one foot in the sea and the other rooted in his community in Ballard. His rural, modest upbringing in the Minnesota River Valley was blessed with century bicycle rides, voyages into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, and simple fishing in local ponds, lakes, and rivers. Traveling the globe by foot, wheel, and sail helped transform him into a conservationist, multiculturalist, and keen observer of the human spirit.
He has directed youth programs aboard USCG Barque EAGLE, led an ocean adventure rowing and education organization, a maritime museum, and harbors a small armada of rotating vessels. However, nothing could have prepared him or his family for the aftermath of catching their first sockeye salmon from a tin 12’ rowboat powered by a sputtering 2.5hp Honda in Baker Lake.
Otto deeply believes fishing is a transformational activity that should be available to all. For each of us, there is a body of water that is locally accessible, and the tools to access the fish can be relatively inexpensive. Time seems to be the most expensive resource, but talk to him, and he’ll tell you, “Time disappears with a rod in one’s hand, and this feeling virtually defines happiness.”
An expert visionary and planner of novel maritime events, he created port-to-port tall ship education centers and highly engaging workboat celebrations. He now focuses his time on the F•Y•S•H Foundation’s events and programs. He invites you to Find Your Sanity and Happiness by attending and participating in Foundation activities or sharing your skills, talents, and kindness as a guiding volunteer.