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

Members of PaCO have found that river travel is an excellent way to capture a sense of Ohio's history. Joining in on PaCO 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 41st 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

2023 Event Schedule

Date River Contact
March 31, April 1, 2 Olentangy River Tony (740-262-1055)
April 28, 29, 30 Rush Creek Wil (419-234-7380)
May 19, 20, 21 Clarion River, PA Ron (330-666-4059)
June 9, 10, 11 Kokosing River Chuck (419-989-5810)
July 14, 15, 16, 17 Mahoning River Ruth (440-864-5915)
August 17-20 Charles Mill Laura (330-464-5028)
September 5 thru 12 Algonquin, Canada Liz (440-799-1881)
Sept 29, 30 Oct 1 Paint Creek Chuck (419-989-5810)
October 20, 21, 22 Pigeon River, IN Mary-Eric (216-308-6815)
November 5 Annual Planning Meeting Chuck (419-989-5810)

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