LOUDONVILLE -- In 1961, Dick Frye introduced the idea of canoe rentals to Ohio when he opened The Mohican Canoe Livery south of Loudonville.
The livery was situated at the confluence of the Clear Fork and Black Fork rivers, near the intersection of State Routes 3 and 97. The business started out with 14 aluminum canoes, and recreation and adventure seekers quickly discovered the joys of canoeing.
Already a prime spot for tourism with the close proximity to Mohican State Forest, canoeing became a popular attraction in the area and other liveries soon began popping up to meet growing demand.
By 1968, there were over 300 registered canoes available for rent in the Mohican area alone. Most trips ranged from five to seventy miles, with extended trips offering overnight camping along the way. A moderate length trip, of six to nine miles, cost an average of $4.50.
As canoeing continued to grow in popularity around the state, the Mohican area became the primary destination even for those with their own canoes.
Many Boy Scout troops even began setting off from Loudonville or Perrysville and following in the path of Perrysville's earliest settlers by sailing all the way down the Mohican to the Walhonding, then to the Muskingum, on to the Ohio, and finally down the Mississippi River all the way to New Orleans.
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