The verdant, forested valleys you see while paddling the Mohican are reminiscent of the viewshed experienced by Native American Indians and early settlers. In the 1800s and 1900s, human activities transformed the landscape, with few wooded hillsides remaining. Today, the Mohican creates an experience of wilderness, a welcomed chance to allow stillness and tranquility to envelop the paddler or angler.

Two segments of the Mohican State Scenic River were designated as “scenic” in December 2006. The Clear Fork of the Mohican River from the base of the Pleasant Hill Dam to the confluence with the Black Fork of the Mohican River is 4.8 river miles. The entire main stem of the Mohican River from the confluence of the Clear Fork to the confluence with the Kokosing Scenic River is 27.5 miles.

The lower section of the Clear Fork and the Mohican River consists of a lush forested river valley and clean, flowing waters which provide valuable habitats for numerous flora and fauna. Clear Fork Gorge State Nature Preserve lies adjacent to the scenic river. Other public lands in the watershed include Mohican State Park and Mohican Memorial State Forest.

Miles to Next Takeout

Mohican State Park 11.1
Greer Landing 5.5
Bridge of Dreams 11.5
Confluence 0.0

Lowhead Dam

Watch for a lowhead dam at Brinkhaven. Proceed river right to pass this obstacle. Depending on the water level, this section of the river may be considered dangerous due to the partially existing lowhead dam. Caution should be taken when canoeing through this area.

Click here to download a map or guide of the 28 mile Mohican River Water Trail from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources web site. The map contains access sites and amenities found at the sites, and the guide provides fishing tips and boating safety practices.

A large format map and guide to the water trail can be found at the information kiosks at the canoe access sites along the trail.   A map guide can be mailed to you. Visit the ODNR Watercraft website to request one.