FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What's the procedure?
Reservations are REQUIRED for all groups. Reserve your spot by calling at least 24 hours in advance!
Ten minutes before your scheduled time, please arrive at the Trailhead and head into the bike shop to sign in. You’ll be outfitted with life jackets and paddles before climbing aboard our vans and riding upriver. Your group will be launched and you'll paddle downstream to the Trailhead, ending at your car—no waiting around to be picked up after your trip!
What do I bring?
ONE member of your group will need:
✔ PHOTO ID
✔ CREDIT CARD
✔ CAR KEYS
EVERYONE in your group will need:
✔ COMPLETED LIABILITY FORM
We'll make an imprint of the credit card and return it to you. (You can pay for your rental with cash or card.) The imprint, your ID, and your car keys will remain with us until you return in order to secure our equipment.
Masks must be worn in the store and on the vans. We do not require them outside or on the water. We also strongly recommend, but do not require, closed-toe shoes, drinking water, bug repellent, and sunblock. Life jackets are included with your rental, but you're welcome to bring your own as long as they're Coast Guard-certified.
Can we bring our dog?
Yes! Just let us know that the pups are tagging along when you make your reservation.
Can we bring our own boats?
Yes! We can transport your private canoes and kayaks as long as you call for a reservation at least 24 hours in advance. Transport is $15 per boat.
Please note that, while the river is open to the public, our launches are private property. Unless we are transporting you, we do not allow private boats on the launches. More information about the Tuscarawas River (recently designated a Water Trail!) and its public access points is available here.
Can I fish while I'm on the water?
Yes! The water quality of the Tuscarawas River has improved greatly in the past few years. Cleaner water has led to an abundance of northern pike, bass, blue gill, crappie, and other fish. Bait is not available at the Trailhead, so be sure to stock up on your way in.
What if it rains?
We operate rain or shine. We will suspend operations if the rain is accompanied by lightning.
Does the river ever get too high to go canoeing?
Yes. If the river is too high for safe canoeing on a day you've made a reservation, we'll let you know as early as possible. It's never a bad idea to call ahead to check water levels, especially if we've experienced lots of rain. Closures due to weather conditions will also be announced on Facebook.
How many people can fit in one boat?
Our canoes can hold up to three adults or two adults plus two children. Larger canoes that will hold up to four adults or two adults plus four children are available, and can be rented by requesting them when you make your reservation. The vast majority of our kayaks are single-person. We have a very limited number of double kayaks, which are first-come, first-serve only.
And remember: our prices are per person, not per boat. Four adults in two canoes is the same price as four adults in one, so spread out and get comfy!