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

2017 Event Schedule

Date River Contact
March 10, 11, 12 Canoecopia 2017 Tony (740)262-1055
March 24, 25, 26 Conneaut Creek / Grand River Liz (440)799-1881
April 7, 8, 9 Ottawa Creek / Auglaze River Wil (419)234-7380
May 12, 13, 14 Beaver Creek Harold (330)328-7354
June 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 Hocking River on the River Tony (740)262-1055
July 14, 15, 16 Cuyahoga River Harold (330)328-7354
August 25, 26, 17 Olentangy River - River Changed Tony (740)262-1055
September 8, 9, 10 Tuscarawas River Chuck (419)989-5810
October 4 - 10 Burke's Creek, Canada Liz (440)799-1881
November 5 Annual Planning Meeting Tony (740)262-1055