I’m paddling in the middle of August on the Tuscarawas River, Ohio and have several questions for folks in the know. (I’m doing a partial re-creation of a canoe trip that my grandfather took 100 years ago from Cleveland to Marietta. I know about his trip because of a journal that he left - beautifully handwritten and illustrated in pen and ink.)
- How fast (mph) is the river flowing these days?
- Does anyone know anyone between Newcomerstown and West Lafayette that would allow me access to put my canoe in on their land
- Does anyone know anyone that would let me park my car at their house for a week.
Used to be a Tuscarawas River Rat
who posted on pnet. Haven’t heard from him lately…
Have you checked your put in area on Google Earth? Might reveal an access option.
Sounds like a neat idea.
The Ohio DNR publishes a list of river access points for Ohio. For the Tusc, they list two spots in your area of interest. Here’s a link:
In Combs and Gillen’s book “Canoeing and Kayaking Ohio’s Streams”, they list these two locations, plus another one in Newcomerstown (River Street Bridge), but their book is a little dated (1994), so since the DNR doesn’t mention that location, it may not be available any more.
I haven’t paddled the Tusc that far south, but generally it is a slow moving river. Combs and Gillen do mention a set of Class II rapids near Orange (which is between Newcomerstown and West Lafayette), but I don’t have any first hand knowledge about it.
Can’t help you with a place to park, sorry.
Dang! Has it been 8 years since I lost touch with paddling.net???
Glad I found you guys again.
Sorry I am way too late to offer any advice on your 2010 Tuscarawas River trip. Hope it went well.
I’m planning a 2018 trip of the entire 130 miles (not necessarily in one continuous trip), and am also looking for advice/info from folks who know their area.
I only have knowledge of the stretch between Dover and Gnadenhutten.
Any ideas about the river north and/or south of that area would be appreciated… portages, campsites, etc.
No dates picked yet for this trek. Probably between Memorial Day and mid-September.
Anybody want to paddle part of it with me?
ODNR has an up to date map of river access points throughout the Tusc. It’s currently being developed as a water trail.