Explore the Kokosing River
Kokosing Gap Canoe Access
Did you know that Kokosing means “river of little owls”? The history of the Kokosing and its name originates from the Algonquin Indians as they referred to the Kokosing as the “River of Little Owls”. Later the name became
known as Owl Creek as more settlers found their home here. Many Native Americans who walked the river valleys included the Huron, Shawnee, Wyandotte, and Delaware.
This section of the river is known as the Kokosing Gap, created during the last glacier period. The river below this access site meanders through steep riverbanks lined with Sycamore trees. The Gap starts below the Kokosing Gap trail bridge which is an old railroad bridge 1.5 miles downstream.
Deer and turkey are often seen in this area along with a wide variety of birds including bald eagles. Those pictured above which have been seen in this area include (photo 1) Mallard, (photo 2) Northern Flicker, (photo 3) Wilson’s Warbler, and (photo 4) Scarlet Tanager. Fish common to the area are Common Carp, Creek Chubs, Bluegill (photo 2) below, and Largemouth Bass (photo 1) below.
The Kokosing River is the central point of much of Knox County. It became the home to Native Americans who settled here thousands of years ago as well as those settlers who came as a result of the booming expansion of the Pennsylvania Railroad and a growing economy. Today the river attracts residents and visitors with a form of recreation from kayaking, canoeing, and fishing among the most picturesque sites.
Koko the Owl from Koko Kid’s Club wants you to become familiar with his friends. Download or view the bird hunt list as you explore the natural habitat for many of these species.
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