Tuscarawas River Water Trail

Family River Trip Down the River Creates Peaceful Memories

Enjoying the Outdoors is brought to you in partnership with Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District

The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) has an incredible Tuscarawas River Water Trail that spans 130 miles long with numerous stops along the way!

“Nothing beats being on the water and observing wildlife from the viewpoint of a canoe- deer, sunning turtles and numerous colorful birds brought joy and smiles to each and every face!”  -Mom of 3

What is the Tuscarawas River Water Trail?

The Tuscarawas River is a tributary flowing into the Muskingum River which starts south of Akron and runs through 4 counties.  It was designed to encourage community support, maintain access points for the public as well as create safety information.  While on the river paddlers flow through urban living city-scapes to incredible tree-lined serene nature and even historical sites.  There are numerous stops along the way to plan a quick trip or make an adventure day of it.


Paddlers include those who travel the river by kayak, canoe, paddleboard, or tubes.  The river is quite calm thus making it a smooth experience from the youngest to the oldest in the family.  There are numerous canoe liveries to rent water transportation.  The most popular ones are in Canal Fulton, Massillon, and Bolivar.


There is a printable map on the MWCD website as well as an incredible interactive one.  The interactive map is updated in live time with any hazards or detours throughout the river.  It is the best resource to find boat ramps, restrooms, picnic areas, and what is nearby (parking, restaurants, covered picnic areas).

This is an adventure with numerous possibilities!  From hiking to biking, canoeing, and nature/wildlife walks the Tuscarawas River Water Trail offers free and affordable family fun. Pack a lunch and eat along the river or use the map to find nearby restaurants.

New to kayaking?  No problem!  Before renting a kayak (or borrowing a neighbor’s) it is important to learn how to stay safe.  There are basic courses that cover how to paddle the boat properly and efficiently as well as how to rescue a capsized boat.  There are two “Learn to Kayak” courses coming up that includes equipment (solo or tandem kayak) and is for those ages 12 years and older:

Registration is required online.

Know Before you Go:

  • What to pack (sunscreen, hats, water, towels, extra clothes, waterproof cameras, binoculars, clipboards & pencils with nature bingo)
  • Boating and Fishing Rules
  • River Safety
  • Potential Hazards and Signage Meanings
  • River Gauging and Safety
  • Paddling Terminology
  • Find it all here on the digital brochure

 Before summer ends, take advantage of the local beauty offered on the Tuscarawas River Water Trail.

Looking Ahead

Yoga at Atwood Lake Beach on July 30 & Aug. 27
Doctor Insecta Bug Show at Pleasant Hill Lake Park July 23
Taste the Outdoors at Pleasant Hill Lake Park July 30
Outdoor Adventure Mini Day Camp for Kids at Tappan Lake August 4
Movie at Tappan Lake: Pitch Perfect Guardians of the Galaxy at Atwood Lake August 6
Moonlight Kayak at Atwood Lake August 12
Nate the Great Magic Show at Seneca Lake Park August 13
Live Band at Atwood Beach August 13
Moonlight Kayak at Tappan Lake August 14
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Responsible stewards dedicated to providing the benefits of flood reduction, conservation and recreation in the Muskingum River Watershed. The MWCD is the largest conservancy district in the state and led the effort to construct 14 dams and reservoirs. The MWCD has jurisdiction for its operations in all or portions of an 18-county area. The 18 counties wholly or partially contained in the MWCD jurisdiction are Ashland, Belmont, Carroll, Coshocton, Guernsey, Holmes, Harrison, Knox, Licking, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Richland, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas, Wayne, and Washington.

Mrs TAZ- Reporting MWCD Tuscarawas River Trail

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