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 36th 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 - Rhonda Reid
  • Treasure - Tom Burger
  • Assistants - Paul Kerlin, Harold Scobie

2019 Event Schedule

Date River Contact
March 15, 16, 17 Stillwater River Tony (740)262-1055
April 5, 6, 7 Big Darby Creek Wil (419)234-7380
May 10, 11, 12 Little Beaver Creek Harold (330)328-7354
June 7 - 14 Scioto River Tony (740)262-1055
July 26, 27, 28 Charles Mill
Summer Outing
Rhonda & Ruth
August 9, 10, 11 Deer Creek Lance (260)449-0465
September 20, 21, 22 Mahoning River Brad (419)989-3705
October 4, 5, 6 Chagrin River Chuck (419)989-5810
November 3 Annual Planning Meeting Tony (740)262-1055