Canoeists and kayakers will begin the trip by paddling through an especially scenic and fun section west of Riverbend Recreation Area and then along the border of conservation areas and parks and through downtown Findlay and the obstacle-ridden section of the Blanchard River. Beyond the urban section lies a scenic and pleasant rural section where wildlife sightings are commonplace. It is an enjoyable, yet physically challenging trip at 16.7 miles with up to six potential portages around three dams and three rock fields, including a long portage at the waterfall near Riverside Park. Without stops and with strong and steady paddling, this trip should take approximately 6 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, May 7.
Meet at Blanchard Landing at 8 AM (located on S.R. 235, south of U.S. 224 West). This trip is open to 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).
Register by Friday, May 5, at 4:30 p.m. with $20/person with a signed Assumption of Risk/Liability Release/Waiver of All Claims form and/or a Parental Consent form if applicable
The shuttle will be at Blanchard Landing at 8 AM. Canoeists and kayakers will be transported to Riverbend Recreation Area via the HPD Shuttle Service. 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. Canoes, kayaks, personal flotation devices, paddles, maps, and shuttle service will be provided.