Canoeists and kayakers will begin the trip by paddling through Blanchard River Nature Preserve and later along the border of parks, conservation areas, and Riverbend Recreation Area. It is an enjoyable day trip at 20.9 miles. Canoeists and kayakers should plan on portaging one dam near the Findlay reservoir. Without stops and with strong and steady paddling, this trip should take approximately 7 hours. If the water level is too low to support boating or if too many obstacles exist in the form of fallen trees, an alternative 3-hour, 9.3-mile float trip from Liberty Landing to Blanchard Landing will be offered. If the water level is too high, the trip may be postponed until the following day.
Storm Date: If the trip is cancelled due to inclement weather, such as rain, thunder and lightning, or strong wind, it will be rescheduled for Sunday, April 30.
Where: Meet at the Big Oaks Parking Area at Riverbend Recreation Area at 8 AM (located on Twp. Rd. 208, east of Findlay).
Who: Adults and youth ages 16 and 17 (youth under the age of 16 are welcome to participate if accompanied by an adult age 18 or older).
Prerequisite: Participants must have the ability to swim.
Maximum: 10 (maximum of two participants per canoe)
Watercraft availability includes tandem canoes and solo kayaks.
Register by Friday, April 28, at 4:30 PM
Fee: $20.00 per person with a signed Assumption of Risk/Liability Release/Waiver of All Claims form and/or a Parental Consent form if applicable
Transportation: The shuttle will be at the Big Oaks Parking Area at Riverbend Recreation Area at 8 AM. Canoeists and kayakers will be transported to Blanchard River Nature Preserve via the HPD Shuttle Service.
Supplies: Wear tennis shoes that can get wet. Dress and plan accordingly for the weather. Wool, fleece, and fast drying clothes, and an extra set of clothes in a water-resistant bag are recommended. Bring lunch, snacks, and water or Gatorade in a small cooler (alcohol is not permitted). Canoes, kayaks, personal floatation devices, paddles, maps, and shuttle service will be provided.