Words by Hallie Saculla
Opening for the summer season on Friday, May 26, Crooked River Adventures offers a variety of recreational and instructional watersport opportunities on the Cuyahoga River and Mogadore Reservoir for the students and community of Kent.
Crooked River Adventures offers self-guided kayak, canoe and inflatable tubing trips for those who want to develop their skills in a group setting. The organization also features guided and private trips for kayaking, canoeing and stand up paddle boarding (SUP) for those who feel more comfortable having a guide with first aid and CPR training. Kayak and SUP instruction sessions are also available for participants.
“All of our trips are great for all skill levels,” said Blake Osborn, program officer for outdoor adventure at the REC. “We are family friendly and historically have had very diverse customers of all ages and skill levels.”
Trips start in Kent’s Tannery Park, but the ending location varies with each trip. The three destinations the trips travel to are Middlebury Bridge, 45 minutes to 1-hour in length, Brust Park in Munroe Falls, 1 ½ to 2-hours, and Waterworks Park in Munroe Falls, 2 ½ to 3-hours. All three trips provide return transportation to Tannery Park.
Prices differ among trips, but single kayak starts at $20 and raises to $30 for a two-person canoe and SUP trip.
Although Crooked River Adventures is open to the community, the organization’s ties to Kent State are strong. All students are eligible to receive a 10 percent discount if they contact Osborn. The staff of Crooked River Adventures is also composed of Kent State students who run all of the daily operations.
“It’s a great way for us to provide jobs for students, and I think it creates a really fun atmosphere for our customers to have responsible and well trained college students running the program,” Osborn said.
Osborn said that one of his favorite parts of the organization is the opportunity to see customers try something new and “experience outdoor recreation opportunities on the river five minutes from campus.”
“I feel that KSU students should participate with Crooked River Adventures because it is so close to campus, is affordable, they get to meet our amazing KSU student staff and potentially make some outdoorsy friends,” Osborn said. “They get to do something fun that is also healthy and active.”
To learn more about Crooked River Adventures, visit its website or contact Blake Osborn.
Hallie Saculla is the fitness and recreation reporter for The Burr.