Why should I canoe with Hocking Hills Canoe Livery?
Our goal is great customer service, in fact this is the whole reason we opened, we saw a need for great customer service and have spent every year improving and updating our service. We do this by: Maintaining a large staff, hired for their friendliness. Having clean, comfortable facilities Providing the best river access and take out, making it easier to get into and out of your boat. Constantly updating our equipment and facilities, with you in mind Maintaining the river corridor by removing downed tress, sponsoring river clean ups throughout the season and encouraging paddlers to keep it clean with our orange bag policy. Promoting a fun, family environment for our employees and customers.
What makes this place so great?
I could tell you – but you really have to find it out for yourself. We have hundreds of loyal customers that come back year after year. We have a dedicated staff who care about our customers and love to work here. And of course there are the really cool owners, Aaron and Valerie Fox, words can’t describe how great they are.
Do I need to make reservations to canoe, kayak, or raft?
Only large groups need to make a reservation, unless you are requesting a specific boat or have to get out at a certain time. Reservations are recommended for special trips such as the Moonlight Tour or Ladies Evening Float Trips.
Do I need to make reservations to camp?
Yes, we recommend that you make reservations to camp. We have a limited number of campsites available and they are in high demand in the summer months.
Do I need to make a reservation to stay in a camping cabin?
Yes, you do need to make a reservation to stay in a camping cabin. We have only four camping cabins and they are in high demand in the summer months.
Can I bring alcohol?
It is against Ohio’s law to operate a watercraft while under the influence.
Is firewood available?
Firewood is available in the canoe livery shop.
Can I bring my pet? (cat, dog, iguana, …)
Pets are permitted on the property and on canoe rides. Pets must be leashed or contained in some way while in public areas and should be friendly to other pets and people.
How can I get my own cool bus driver?
Sorry, but we don’t loan out bus drivers, you will just have to experience their coolness on the shuttle ride.
What is the age limit?
The only set age limit is a minimum of three years old for any boat ride. Depending on the water conditions older age limits may apply.
How old do you have to be to take out a kayak?
There is no set age limit for taking out a kayak. It is dependent on the child kayaking and the child’s physical ability to handle the kayak for the length of a trip, as determined by the child’s parent or guardian. A typical eight year old could easily handle a kayak in normal river conditions.
What happens if the weather is bad before my trip departs?
Shuttles take people out rain or shine, unless there is thunder and lightening. If bad weather rolls in, the shuttle driver will check the weather and determine an appropriate take off time, or may cancel the trip.
What happens if the weather gets bad on my trip?
If there is any chance of bad weather your shuttle driver will give you instruction in what to do if you get caught in a storm. For the most part, the best thing to do is to keep paddling, staying in the center of the river and heading downstream. If you have not yet passed the five mile trip, you can stop there, as shuttle drivers will check there for people.
What is the weight limit for canoeing or kayaking?
Each boat has a separate weight capacity. The closer you are to the weight capacity, the more likely it is that you will tip over your boat. Canoes and rafts have the highest weight capacities and are best for larger guests.
How do I get back to my car after my trip?
For all of our trips you are shuttled upstream and then paddle back downstream to the canoe livery where your car is parked.
Where can I get a copy of the neat safety video?
Sorry, but copies are not available. The video plans on a continuous loop, so you can watch it many times as you want to while at the canoe livery.
What should I wear on the river?
Be sure to check the local weather forecast and dress appropriately. Remember that the water will often be cooler than the air temperature. You should wear clothes that you don’t mind getting wet and dirty. Old tennis shoes or sandals work well – basically any footwear that will stay on your foot. Flip flops are not recommended.
What should I bring with me on my river trip?
We recommend you have sunscreen, water and a snack for the trip. A waterproof camera or a camera in a watertight container is also nice.
Are snacks or drinks available for purchase?
Yes. We have two pop machines and carry a line of snacks in the shop. In hotter weather we also sell additional cold water and ice cream.
How long has this place been in business?
We opened in 1996, starting on the porch at the Logan Antique Mall and moved into our current building in July of that year. We started with three people, 32 canoes and one van and have grown to a staff of fifteen, more than 200 boats, three vans and a bus, not to mention the campground and camping cabins.