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Kayak the Scenic Hocking River

Hocking Hills Adventures

Paddling is more fun with more people! For that reason rafts are becoming more popular. You can fit up to six peope in one raft. Be advised to take water and snacks when rafting. Rafting usually takes twice as long as a canoe or kayak. We only do rafting trips on Crocketts Run. The average trip is about 2-3 hours depending on water levels. Rafts are not rented when water is to low, this is common in late July or August. Contact a staff memeber for more information. Hard coolers and pets are not allowed on rafts.

Rafts are reservations only

Wild rivers are earth's renegades, defying gravity, dancing to their own tunes, resisting the authority of humans, always chipping away, and eventually always winning. 
-Richard Bangs, River God

You will not find any whitewater or massive waterfalls on the Hocking River. Unlike whitewater rivers, the Hocking is a class I, meaning few rapids. A guide is not necessary (although one can be provided if you wish). Without a guide you will be able to stop at the rock formations and sandbars that you find interesting.

Rafting on the Hocking River is perfect for young kids, inexperienced paddlers and groups. A raft may be your best option if you have young kids and are worried about them moving around in a canoe. A raft has more room, so kids can move around without encountering the possibility of capsizing. The flat bottom on the raft provides stability for inexperienced paddlers. One final advantage is a raft can hold 4-6 adults as opposed to canoe or kayak which can only hold 1-2 people.
Rafting on the Hocking River is dependent on river conditions. Since rafts are larger more water flow is needed. Traditionally in the late summer water conditions are too shallow for rafting. Please check online for availability or call us.

 

How many people can fit in a raft
Between 4-6 people can fit comfortably in a raft?

When is best time of year to raft?
Typically Spring and early Summer provide the best water conditions for rafting. The river can get to shallow in late summer to raft.

What is the reservation policy?
River Trip reservations require a 100% prepayment. Reservation gaureentees you boats on your choosen day and time. Reservations are always recommended especially on weekends.

What is the cancellation policy
We understand that sometimes unexpected circumstances come up and cancellations become necessary. It is our policy to grant refunds if notified 7 days prior to arrival date minus a $10 processing fee. If cancelled within 7 days of arrival date you will be offered the opportunity to reschedule. The chance to reschedule expires after one year. We still operate in rain unless there is lightning. In the event of bad weather or lightning you will have the opportunity to reschedule. The chance to reschedule expires after one year.

River Rules

We want your visit to be a positive experience. We ask that all guests read and understand our policies before booking a cabin.

  • Glass Containers: For public safety the possession of glass containers is prohibited
  • Mesh Litter Bags: Canoes and kayaks can tip causing trash from boat to spill into the river. A mesh litter bag is a good idea to keep contents secure in the canoe or kayak. Bags are sold for only $1 in the gift shop
  • Fastened Cooler Lids: If you are transporting food and/or beverage must be kept in a sealed cooler or container that prevents the contents from spilling into the river.
  • Use a Koozie for Beverages: All beverage containers not securely contained in a sealed cooler or mesh litter bag must be held in a floating holder that is designed to prevent it from sinking beneath the surface of the water. Kozi's are sold in our shop.
  • Coolers: The use of Styrofoam coolers is prohibited while floating the Hocking River. Styrofoam is easily susceptible to breaking in the event your canoe or kayak capsized. Much debris is caused by foam coolers inability to contain contents. Please plan accordingly and bring a hard or soft cooler in a canoe or kayak and soft coolers only in rafts.
  • Life Vests (PDFs): Every vessel must have a life vest for each person. Children under age 14 must wear a securely fastened life vest. All life vests must be of proper size for the person wearing it.
  • Late Fees: All boats must be back by 7:30 or late fees apply
Online Waiver

Once the group leader has completed the online reservation head over to our participant agreement page. Have you entire group sign the waiver release before arrival. If everyone in your group has signed the release then you can skip the office line and go straight to the bus departure zone!


River Trips

Crocketts Run: Trip #1

5 miles, 2-3 hours
Crocketts Run to Livery is our shortest outing on the Hocking River. The river moves a little bit slower on this 5 mile stretch compared to the Upper Hocking. Therefore it is an ideal trip for beginners, parents with young children or those who are a little anxious about canoeing. Although normally 1-2 hours on a canoe, crocketts run will take 2-3 hours on a raft. Trip cost is $19 a person. Minimum charge of 4 people per raft.

 

Crocketts Run

Crocketts Run

Advantages of Rafting

Stay together

Promote family togetherness or group bonding with these large six person rafts.

Boat Options

 
 
 
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