If you find yourself longing to know what river travel in Ohio was like or are just looking to spend sometime outdoors, Ohio Historical Canoe Route Association (OHCRA) can answer those interests and curiosities for you.

Members of OHCRA have found that river travel is an excellent way to capture a sense of Ohio's history. Joining in on OHCRA events offers an eye-opening look at the natural beauty of Ohio. Through first-hand experience members get to understand the dependence Native American and European explorers had on river travel in Ohio.

Our History

OHCRA was conceived by ODNR, Chief of the Division of Watercraft, Jim French, in the fall of 1982. The purpose of OHCRA was reopening and canoeing the three Ohio River to Lake Erie routes used by the Native American Indians. Now in it's 33rd year of paddling the streams of Ohio, OHCRA members have fun exploring the water highways of the great state of Ohio.


  • President - Tony Sands
  • Secretary - Ted Spradlin
  • Treasure - Tom Burger
  • Assistants - Paul Kerlin, Harold Scobie

2016 Event Schedule

Date River Contact
March 11, 12, 13 Canoecopia, Madison, Wi Tony (419)845-2010
April 1, 2, 3 Grand River Harold(330)328-7354
Liz (440)799-1881
May 6, 7, 8 Blanchard River Wil (419)234-7380
June 3, 4, 5 Kokosing River Chuck (419)989-5810
June 21, 22, 23, 24 Mohican River Steve (419)543-1250
June 24, 25, 26 National Dutch Oven Gathering Tony (419)845-2010
July 15, 16, 17 Licking River / Dillon Lake Chuck (419)989-5810
August 12, 13, 14 Maumee River Tom (419)388-0693
Wil (419)234-7380
September 9, 10, 11 Little Miami River Ted (812)577-0248
October 2 - 9 Adirondacks, NY Liz (440)799-1881
Tony (419)845-2010
November 13 Annual Planning Meeting Tony (419)845-2010