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 40th 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

2022 Event Schedule

Date River Contact
March 1 Quiet Adventures Symposium - Virtual Event Wil (419-234-7380)
March 11, 12, 13 Canoecopia Ron (330-666-4059)
March 11, 12 Hot Tents Liz (440-799-1881)
April 29,30 May 1 Rush Creek Wil (419-234-7380)
May 13, 14, 15 Sandusky River Ruth (440-864-5915)
June 2 thru 13 Ausable & Manistee Rivers, MI Eric-Mary (216-308-6815)
July 22, 23, 24 Findley Lake Laura (330-464-5028)
July Adirondack Canoe Symposium, NY
August 19,20,21 Allegheny River, PA Ron (330-666-4059)
September 16,17,18 Little Miami River Lance (260-449-0465)
October 14,15,16 Paint Creek Chuck (419-989-5810)
November 6 Annual Planning Meeting Chuck (419-989-5810)

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