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 39th year of paddling the streams of Ohio, OHCRA members have fun exploring the water highways of the great state of Ohio.


  • President - Mary Grindahl
  • Secretary - Laura Mutchler
  • Treasure - Tom Burger

2021 Event Schedule

Date River Contact
April 30 May 1,2 Grand River Liz (440-799-1881)
May 21, 22, 23 Kokosing River Mary & Eric (216-213-8726)
June 11,12,13 Mohican River Chuck & Kerri (419-989-5810)
July 23,24,25 Findley State Park Liz (440-799-1881)
August 19,20,21,22 Nimisila Reservoir/Tuscarawas River Ruth & Liz (440-864-5915)
September 17, 18, 19 Raccoon Creek Tony (740-262-1055)
October 8,9,10 Pigeon River Lance (260-449-0465)
November 7 Annual Planning Meeting Chuck (419-989-5810)

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