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 (Formerly 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 42nd year of paddling the streams of Ohio, OHCRA members have fun exploring the water highways of the great state of Ohio.


  • President - Mary Grindahl
  • Treasure - Ruth Devereaux

2024 Event Schedule

Date River Contact
April 19-22 Lake Loramie Ruth (440-864-5915)
May 10-12 Greenville Creek-Changed due to Tornados- Doing Kokosing River Tony (740-262-1055)
June 21-23 Tuscarawas River Harold (330-328-7354)
July 12-15 Mad River Mary-Eric (216-308-6815)
August 16-18 Mohican River Steve (440-864-5915)
September 27-29 St. Joseph River Lance (260-449-0465)
October 11-13 Little Miami Mary-Eric (216-308-6815)
November 3 Annual Planning Meeting Place TBA

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