Toledo River Gang

Toledo River Gang


Hi, I'm Angie and I have the Toledo's Missing - Lets Bring them Home page. There are currently 2 young black males who went missing near the old Libbey High School field on Western Ave. We are conducting a search this Saturday. We are in desperate need for boaters to search Swan Creek. Would any one of the Toledo River Gang be willing to help kayak up swan creek to help search? Please contact me or sign up at the event page Thank you for your time, Angie
Greetings. I'll be in Tiffin on Wed. Looking for a launch site on Sandusky River that I can put in - paddle around, and take out - so no heavy current. Any suggestions? Thanks.
Good day Everyone! We here at Maumee Bait and Tackle are incredibly excited to announce the official launch of our business expansion into Kayak sales and rentals. We wanted to take the time to tell you about what you can expect. This spring we purchased the building and have expanded our shop making it double the size. We decided to take this opportunity to bring in kayaks since we now have the necessary space. We will have a couple different packages that will be available for rental . Part of our rental program will be day trips on the Maumee River, with transportation to a variety of pick up and drop off locations . So there will be no need to worry about how you will transport the kayak, or where you will go; we have it all figured out to make it as hassle free as possible. Along with renting kayaks, we will be selling a variety of both recreational and FISHING kayaks. At this point we are starting with the “Jackson Kayak” line of products and we are working on adding Pelican, Perception, and Wilderness Systems as well. ALL RENTALS: First Trip: 8:00am Last Trip: 3:00pm Must be returned/at pick up location: 6:30pm Reservations are NOT required, but encouraged to avoid disappointment Credit card and ID required on file Maumee Tackle Kayak Rental – Trip Rate $30.00 This option allows you to rent a “sit on top” kayak which is the safest boat possible, and helps to create an enjoyable stress free trip for you. We will supply you with everything you will need, including a life jacket, paddle, as well as transportation to your drop off and pick up location of choice. Drop Off: Pick Up: Distance: Hours(Approx.): Farnsworth Metropark to Orleans Park 8.7 miles 4 hrs Farnsworth Metropark to Sidecut Metropark 6.3 miles 3 hrs Waterworks Park to Orleans Park 6.7 miles 3 hrs Waterworks Park to Sidecut Metropark 4. 3miles 2 hrs “Float Around Orleans Park and Audubon Island Nature Preserve” – Trip Rate $25.00 This is a great option if you’re looking to try out kayaking for the first time, or just want to be able to go and explore some of the local islands located in the Maumee River. This is a 3 hour rental for a fee of $25.00 dollars. That once again includes your life jacket, paddle, and transportation. For the “float around” option we will drop you off at Orleans Park and then pick you up at Orleans Park 3 hours later. “Kayak To Go” – Regular $25.00 ///// Fishing Kayak $45.00 This option allows you to rent a kayak for a full day at a set cost..While we still provide a life jacket and paddle, you are responsible for the transportation of the kayak from the shop. The earliest you can pick up your kayak is 7am, and you must have it returned to the shop by 6:30pm Have fun, Be safe and see you on the water
Hello, I'm looking to gift a kayak class for my 12 yr. old nephew who is very interested in learning more. Are there classes that you would recommend for him or is there anyone who offers a class?
Hi, there! I have a reservation for the campground this weekend on South Bass and I am not going to be able to make it. (I am grading AP tests and it goes through Saturday. UGH.) If I can figure out how to transfer the site, does anyone need it?
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Paddle Club of America based in Toledo, OH. Kayaking all forms and canoeing. 40+ years old, the Toledo River Gang (TRG) was started in the early '70's by a small group of people who just wanted to have fun and enjoyed being out on the water paddling.

They built their boats out of fiberglass sheets, made their own sprayskirts, and used wool clothing to keep warm. "Running" a river in those days meant just being able to paddle from point A to point B without putting a hole in one's boat. For those who weren't successful, there would be "patching parties" afterwards to repair boats. The sport has really evolved over the years. The plastic polymer boats of today are nearly indestructible. ""Hydroskin", "Under Armor" and fleece have replaced wool and there is a whole industry that has evolved to support and promote paddlers. The majority of TRG members kayak whitewater, but we also have members who sea kayak or canoe or paddle all three. It's a great group of people who still share those common interests that the early TRG'ers had in the '70's - to have fun and paddle. We get out whenever we can, wherever there is water. Locally we paddle on the Maumee, Huron, Portage and Sandusky Rivers. Springtime will find us on Slippery Rock Creek in Pennsylvania. Summertime fun can be found at the East Race, the man-made course in South Bend, Indiana. Longer weekend trips usually involve camping. Rivers that we have done club trips on include the Youghiogheny in Pennsylvania, the New, the Meadow, the Cheat, the Tygart and the Gauley in West Virginia, the Ocoee and Clear Creek in Tennessee, the Nantahala in North Carolina and the Chattooga in South Carolina. We have done week-long summer trips to rivers in Oregon, Colorado and Maine. Join the Toledo River Gang. Membership dues are $10 per year per family.

Mission: Membership Why Join TRG? The Club offers many benefits to its members including: Safety - Any water sport is potentially dangerous, especially white water boating. TRG stresses safety on its trips. TRG'ers take many steps in making their trips as safe as possible by using the proper gear and looking out for one another. Experience - Club members' experience levels range from novice to class IV-V. Some members are American Canoe Association (ACA) certified instructors. It's reassuring having experienced people on a river run. They can show you the lines to take and help as you develop your skills. Equipment - Over the years, TRG has gathered camping and paddling equipment that club members can use. If you're just starting out, advice from club members is a great way to learn about boating equipment. Some of the members have been boating for many years. They know what works and it's a great way to try out other people's equipment before buying your own. A discount on equipment is offered to club members by some outfitters. Trips and Events - Several river trips are planned a year plus other outings such as ski trips, film festivals, biking, moonlight paddles. Members also receive a great deal on pool sessions in the winter to keep up on skills. Socializing - TRG is a great group of people just to hang out with. Great! How Do I Join? Annual dues are a mere $10 per family. We require that you fill out a liability waiver before participating in any club activity. If you are under 18 years of age, we require your parent or guardian to be present at boating activities (the parent doesn't need to be on the river, but close at hand in case of an emergency - but hey, why not take up the sport as well and join in on the fun). To join, send a check payable to Toledo River Gang and include your name ( and your significant other's name and any children), your phone number (so we know where to reach you when we go out), your mailing address and your e-mail address (so we can send club info), and the signed liability release form to our club treasurer: Toledo River Gang C/O Sandy Lewandowski 3741 Wrenwood Rd. Toledo, OH 43623 So whether your thing is paddling peaceful, calm, flat water or raging whitewater, come paddle with us. We'd love to see you on the water.

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Online Registration

Want to learn how to kayak? Don’t know where to start? Take a class from American Canoe Association certified instructors through an intro kayaking course at the Fort Meigs YMCA. Register today before spots fill up! Introduction to kayaking for the beginner and the intermediate paddler. Learn paddle strokes, boat design, types of kayaking, safety, rescue, and more. Even learn to roll! ACA certified instructors and aids provide personalized instruction. Boats, paddles, life jackets, etc are provided for the clas...

Calling all kayakers to join us tomorrow (Wednesday) night for this important discussion.

ODOT To Present Nine Options To Improve Iconic Bridge’s Safety

By Karen Gerhardinger / The Mirror Newspaper

Soon after word got out that the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) was researching options for the deteriorating Roche de Boeuf Interurban Bridge, a “Save the Bridge” message quickly spread on social media and in e-mails to ODOT.

On Wednesday, November 20 at 5:00 p.m., the doors will open to Waterville Primary School for a public meeting about the nine options researched by ODOT and partners. A presentation at 5:15 p.m. will provide the details on each option, ranging from full rehabilitation of the bridge to removal – and several variations in between.

“This is a starting point. That’s why we want everyone to come to the presentation at 5:15 p.m., not just the open house afterward. We’ll go through all of the options during the presentation. We really want people to come and give us feedback and ideas,” said Stacy Schimmoeller, ODOT District 2 environmental coordinator.

ODOT began researching options for the bridge after receiving an October 2017 letter from Waterville’s previous administrator, Jim Bagdonas. In the letter, Bagdonas explained that a council member had heard from concerned residents about the chunks of concrete falling from the historic bridge. In the two years since, ODOT has gathered every detail possible on the bridge, its surrounding environment and the possible impacts of the safety options.

The earth-filled structure, built in 1908, originally carried an interurban trolley line. Waterville Historical Society historians Verna and John Rose explained that the National Bridge Company of Indianapolis built the 1,220-foot long Roman aqueduct design with 12 dirt-filled arches of 70 to 90 feet in length.

“The company promised that they would not damage or destroy the rock known as Roche de Boeuf, sacred to the Native Americans. As the bridge was being built, it was apparent that the rock was damaged. In fact, almost one-third of the rock was blown away to create support for one of the bridge piers. The people were up and arms, but what could they do? The deed was done,” the Roses wrote on the Waterville Historical Society’s website.

The island was an important way-finding point and meeting place for Native Americans and early settlers, the Roses explained. In 1972, the bridge was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Over the years since it closed, the bridge was a non-sanctioned gathering spot for late-night parties as well as a focal point for artists, photographers, kayakers and tubers.

It’s the safety of those boating or walking under the bridge that prompted ODOT to investigate every aspect of the bridge and look at all the options, said ODOT public information officer Rebecca Dangelo. While ODOT has received comments through social media and the website, the meeting is the best opportunity for the public to learn details of each proposal and to ask questions of Schimmoeller, bridge engineer David Geckle and Scot Morehouse of DGL Consulting Engineers.

Although ODOT has dealt with historic bridges before, the Roche de Boeuf Interurban Bridge is different. The bridge isn’t owned by ODOT, but rather by the state. The structure isn’t even considered a bridge because it’s not open to vehicular or pedestrian traffic. Add to that the community’s love of the bridge and the history, and the approach to this project is entirely different, Dangelo said.

Unlike most bridge and road projects, ODOT doesn’t have a preferred option from the nine that will be presented, Schimmoeller said. The final solution will depend on what the community wants, and can afford.

“That’s why we want people for the presentation. We want to see if people have other ideas we haven’t thought of,” Schimmoeller said. “Everything is at a starting point. We want a lot of collaboration and negotiation on where to go.”
Each of the options comes with a cost. One of the goals of the public meeting is finding partners and funding sources, Schimmoeller said.

“Locally, we understand the history of and importance to the community of this bridge, so we really need partnership and funding,” she said. “Come to the meeting. Listen to all the options. We have seating for 300, and I hope it will be full.”

The meeting takes place on Wednesday, November 20 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Waterville Primary School, 457 Sycamore Lane.

To review the documents and maps collected about the bridge so far, or to leave comments, visit

(Photo courtesy of Art Weber/Metroparks Toledo

Who’s ready for the South Bass Island Kayak Rendezvous? 🙋🏽‍♂️🙋🏼‍♀️ See you at PIB! #SBIKR

South Bass Island Kayak Rendezvous 2014

We are about a week away from the South Bass Island Kayak Rendezvous! See you there.

Better known as Put in Bay, South Bass Island hosts a Kayak Rendezvous each year. This is video from 2014. For more information check out www.sbikayakrendezv...

Cuyahoga Falls Kayak Race

Club members Elliott Bonnough and Frank Johnson are representing Toledo River Gang in today’s race. Good luck guys!

Continuous Live Feed here!!

Where to Paddle

Confused about where to find whitewater in our area? Don’t be! Check out: Whitewater Kayaking in Northwest Ohio Many of our club members enjoy the thrill of whitewater kayaking. Below are some popular areas to find play waves, local to Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michig…

And just like that, the river is on its way back up!

Maumee River Walleye Run

It’s Walleye Season! 🎣 Let us share our natural resources together. Learn more: The combination of the rising spring run off waters, river bottom of small rocks and gravel make for excellent walleye spawning grounds. Most of the good fishing action in the Maumee River occurs during the spawning time of mid March thru April.

Kayak 101

Spring 🌤🌷🌱 is finally here! Remember these simple dos ✅ and don’ts 🚨 for water 💦 safety 🚧 Buy the Right Kayak and Gear Toledo River Gang Members often receive questions regarding how to select the right kayak to fit his/her lifestyle. The New Kayak Purchase Guide to discover more about …

River Levels

With recent rains ⛈ , keep an eye 👁 on the Maumee 🛶 and other river levels‼️ It can be difficult to know whether a specific river is runnable. Our favorite gauge page makes it easy to decide whether a river is too high or too low: Remember: green = …

Toledo River Gang’s Sunday Kayak Pool Sessions

➡️🕒 Time is running out! Only three more Sundays of roll practice at the Fort Meigs YMCA. Pool sessions end April 14. Sharpen your roll while you can! Members and clean boats only, $5 per family, 9-11am. 🕚⬅️

Members of Toledo River Gang kayak club participate in winter pool sessions at the Fort Meigs YMCA in Perrysburg, OH. Club members enjoy exclusive pool time ...

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Maumee Valley Tri-adventure Race

Maumee Valley Tri-Adventure Race,2019. The date for the 2019 race has been set for Saturday May 18th. Put it on your calendar and plan to come. This race is fun, challenging, unique, and a bargain! You bike 36 miles, kayak 6 miles, backpack 8 miles, and eat lots of free food! If you have questions call race director Larry Lindsay at 419-826-5182

Adventus Climbing

Full service indoor climbing gym to serve Toledo Metro Area. Providing adventure, recreation, and community.

USGS Current Conditions for USGS 04193500 Maumee River at Waterville OH

Despite all the rain this area received, the Maumee is dropping at the moment. However projections indicate it could get as high as 3700 CFS by tomorrow afternoon. U.S. Department of the Interior | U.S. Geological SurveyTitle: USGS Current Conditions for the Nation URL: Page Contact Information: Ohio Water Data Support Team Page Last Modified: 2018-09-10 07:37:55 EDT

USGS Current Conditions for USGS 04193500 Maumee River at Waterville OH

Unbelievable: the Maumee is still holding! Currently at 4,000 CFS. Plenty of play at Turkeyfoot Rapids (corner of Jerome and River Road in Maumee near Sidecut). Get out there and enjoy it while it lasts. U.S. Department of the Interior | U.S. Geological SurveyTitle: USGS Current Conditions for the Nation URL: Page Contact Information: Ohio Water Data Support Team Page Last Modified: 2018-08-27 07:07:48 EDT

Yeehaw! Summer rain in Fort Wayne means that the Maumee River is on the rise. For information on what level makes whitewater waves, check out the PDF on the Kayak 101 section of our website.

CBS 2 Boise

Incredible story.

Can you imagine being blind and kayaking whitewater? I recently kayaked with two Iraq War Veterans who lost their sight in battle. Their courage on the river is something you have to see to believe. -- Roland Steadham

Sylvania Triathlon, Duathlon & Aquabike

Need a few more paddlers for safety boat assistance at the Sylvania Tri ... please consider volunteering. Sign up by Monday to confirm your T-shirt ... The Sylvania Triathlon, Duathlon & Aquabike is on Sunday August 5, 2018. It includes the following events: Sprint Triathlon, Sprint Athena Triathlon (165 lbs. +), Sprint Clydesdale Triathlon (220 lbs. +), Sprint Duathlon, Olympic Triathlon, Olympic Athena Triathlon (165 lbs. +), Olympic Clydesdale T...

USGS Current Conditions for USGS 04193500 Maumee River at Waterville OH

Get out to Turkey Foot Rapids today and have fun surfing! It’s at a great level. Be safe. U.S. Department of the Interior | U.S. Geological SurveyTitle: USGS Current Conditions for the Nation URL: Page Contact Information: Ohio Water Data Support Team Page Last Modified: 2018-06-25 08:13:57 EDT

Kayak 101

Did you know that Ohio State laws require kayak owners to register their boat? And fines can be upwards of $100 or more? To stay law abiding, find out more: Familiarize yourself with state laws and regulations administered by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in your state.

Kayak 101

Since the Maumee is unseasonably high, remember these simple Do’s and Don’ts: Familiarize yourself with state laws and regulations administered by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in your state.

Predictions were correct. The Maumee is flowing at a swift 35,000 CFS. Be safe out there!

Did you know that if it rains in NW Ohio it probably won’t do anything to Maumee’s river level? Instead, us kayakers like to see a radar like this. If it rains in Fort Wayne, watch the USGS gauge and wait for Maumee to rise.

Kayak 101

Want to buy a kayak but are confused by all the options? Check out our new buyer’s guide to help you get familiar with kayak lingo. Familiarize yourself with state laws and regulations administered by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in your state.

Did you know that if it rains in NW Ohio it probably won’t do anything to Maumee’s river level? Instead, us kayakers like to see a radar like this. If it rains in Fort Wayne, watch the USGS gauge and wait for Maumee to rise.

Join us this weekend for the South Bass Island Kayak Rendezvous! Celebrate the Lake Erie Islands and all they have to offer.

It’s almost time for one of our favorite events: the South Bass Island Kayak Rendezvous! Be sure to join us, celebrating the Lake Erie Islands.

Safeboating Marine Forecast

The last day of National Safe Boating Week suggests we consider the
Marine Forecast. For more information: Understanding a marine forecast is critical to safe boating. Weather and wave conditions can change suddenly, catching boaters off guard and creating life threatening conditions.

Safe Boating and Thunderstorms

For National Boat Safety Week, be sure to consider Thunderstorm Safety when checking the weather. For more information and tips: The following is a safe boating message from the National Safe Boating Council and the National Weather Service.

Something we can all agree on: low water, high water, open water, and moving water... wear your PFD! 🛶

Wear your PFD eh! It's National Safe Boating Week and whether your sailing like Bob, freestyling at the local whitewater park, or out running the river, you should ALWAYS wear your PFD. #WearIt #safeboating

Boating Under the Influence

For National Boat Safety week, remember to share the water responsibly. No boating under the influence. For more information: The following is a safe boating message from the National Safe Boating Council and the National Weather Service for this year's National Safe Boating Week.

Life Jackets - Safe Boating Campaign

National Safe Boating Week is May 19-25.
Wear your Life Jacket / Personal Flotation Device (PFD). For more information: While boaters are required to have a U.S. Coast Guard-approved wearable life jacket on board for every person on their boat, boating safety advocates recommend that everyone on board wears a life jacket at all times while boating. Accidents on the water happen much too fast to reach and put on a sto...

USGS Current Conditions for USGS 04193500 Maumee River at Waterville OH

Maumee River is on the rise! Be safe out there and enjoy the water while it lasts. U.S. Department of the Interior | U.S. Geological SurveyTitle: USGS Current Conditions for the Nation URL: Page Contact Information: Ohio Water Data Support Team Page Last Modified: 2018-05-15 10:11:00 EDT

Can anyone guess: what is wrong with this picture?

Man drowns trying to rescue his dog

Attention kayakers, boaters, and fishermen: a grim reminder to avoid dams at all costs. Man trying to rescue his dog drowns in river; pet survives

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