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 32th 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

2015 Event Schedule

Date River Contact
March 27, 28, 29 Portage River - canceled Tony (419)845-2010
April 10, 11, 12 Kokosing/Walhonding Rivers Chuck (419)989-5810
May 8, 9, 10 Sandusky River Steve (419)543-1250
June 17 - 21 Overnight on the Hocking River Tony (419)845-2010
July 17, 18, 19 Charles Mill Lake Harold (330)328-7354
August 14, 15, 16 Wabash River, In Lance (513)289-3537
Wil (419)234-7380
September 12, 13 Cuyahoga River Liz (440)799-1881
September Adirondacks, NY -
Postponed until 2016
Larry (330)461-2346
Ted (812)577-0248
October 3 - 11 Algonquin Park Liz (440)799-1881
October 16, 17, 18 Little Miami Ted (812)577-0248
November 1 Annual Planning Meeting Tony (419)845-2010