You don’t necessarily have to get wet on a trip with us, but its best to dress prepared to get wet. Flip flops are not recommended. If you end up getting in the river, the current will try to take them off your feet and they’ll be floating away before you know it. Old tennis shoes or rugged water shoes are best.
2. How deep is the water?
The water is generally only 2-3 ft deep with a couple pools that can reach 5 ft.
3. Are there any rapids?
The water here is spring fed, which, among other things, means there is a nice steady but fairly calm current throughout the trip. There are, however, 2 waterfalls. The first is a tractor crossing; Basically just a large piece of concrete underneath the water that tractors drive across. The drop for this one is generally about 10 inches and its pretty harmless as long as you go straight over it rather than sideways. The second, which is only traversed on the 10 mile trip, is a low wall dam located just after State Route 36. The drop for this one is about 2 feet. Its a little more important that you approach this one straight like we mentioned before, but this one is still only a mild challenge for beginners.
4. Do you allow pets?
We do! The only exception would be pit bulls and rottweilers are not permitted. Dogs are the most common we see here, but some people bring other pets as well.
5. Do you offer camping?
We offer primitive camping. Restrooms are provided but you’ll wan to bring your own potable water. The cost is $12 per person per night, and there is a $50 deposit, that will be refunded upon checkout. Boy Scouts and other similar youth groups can camp at a significantly reduced rate. Contact us for details.
6. How old do you have to be to go on a trip?
Our section of the river is great for beginners, so we permit almost all ages. In order to go on one of our trips a child must be able to walk on their own. When it comes to handling a boat on their own, we recommend to start considering it around age 7 or 8 while keeping the child’s abilities in mind. A child should always have an adult nearby if they are not familiar with handling a boat on their own.
7. Can I bring a cooler?
Coolers are permitted on our trips. But, we do not permit styrofoam or glass. Some of our older crowd should also be advised it is illegal to have alcohol on state water.
8. Do you accept credit or debit cards?
Yes. The only thing we don’t accept is American Express.
9. Do you offer group discounts?
We do offer group discounts on weekdays. If you rent 10 or more boats we’ll give you $1 off per person, and if you rent 20 or more boats we’ll give you $2 off per person.
10. Do I have to wear a life jacket?
Anyone 12 or younger must wear a life jacket while in the boat. Anyone older than 12 must have a life jacket with them, but are not required to wear it.
11. How many people will fit in a canoe?
Our canoes have 2 seats built in, and our pricing includes 2 people per canoe. You can however put some people in the middle of the canoe for an additional charge. For $5 you can put up to 3 children 12 or younger in the middle of a canoe. If you’re going to put 3 of them in the middle they ought to be fairly small though. You can also put 1 adult in the middle of a canoe for the regular adult price ($15 on the 5 mile trip and $22.50 on the 10 mile.) We do have a limited number of foam seats to make riding in the middle of the canoe more comfortable.
12. Can I bring my own boat?
Yes. We do offer shuttle services for people with their own boats. It costs $10 per boat for the 5 mile trip and $20 per boat on the 10 mile trip. Even though you won’t be using our equipment it is still a good idea to make a reservation.
13. Do I need to make a reservation?
Yes. We sell out all the time. If you show up without a reservation, we will do our best to fit you in, but there is a good chance that we will have to tell you that we can’t help you, or offer you something that isn’t exactly what you wanted to do. The best way to make a reservation is to call us at 937.652.2663.
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