Boating On The Muskingum River

The Muskingum River derived its name from a Delaware Indian word believed to translate as “Eye of the Elk”. The River is around 111 miles extended meandering from its starting at Coshocton, Ohio and joins the Ohio River at Marietta, Ohio and is aspect of Mississippi River watershed.

We very first started boating on this river in 2004 and promptly discovered to like the region, the river, and all the fantastic people today we've met there. The very first trip we took on the river was on the Labor Day weekend. We wanted to travel the complete length of the river, which frightened me, due to the fact all of my preceding boating was on lakes. I envisioned all forms of perils and worried due to the fact we have been strangers to the region what would come about must the boat have mechanical challenges. My husband reminded me that this was 2004 not 1804, that the boat was brand new and we had our cell phones. I truly had no thought what to count on, I envisioned speedy currents and all forms of hazards. Rapid beating heart in my throat, we launched the boat, got the dog aboard and off we go. Our boat is equipped for camping on board with a canvas enclosure that zips into location delivering privacy at evening and protection in rainy climate. I felt pretty much like I had stepped back in history to the time of Mark Twain.

The 11 hand operated locks on this river have been developed by Important Samuel Curtis to connect the Muskingum River to the Ohio River and the Erie Canal at Dresden, Ohio. The locks started operation in 1841 and offered a waterway for commerce from Marietta, Ohio to Lake Erie. Observing the building of these locks tends to make you wonder how they achieved this feat with the tools and gear they had to function with at that time. As I stated ahead of it really is like taking a step back in time and is nicely worth the trip. The locks have been in complete operation till the 1920's, when the railways and truck freight operations started to diminish their usage for moving freight.

The locks gradually fell into disrepair, till 1960 when the locks have been repaired to permit pleasure craft to travel the complete navigable length of the river. The Muskingum is one particular of the couple of remaining waterway in this nation to use this kind of hand operated locks. This navigation technique has been designated a Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. In 2006 the river was designated as an “Ohio Water Trail” which supplies improved access for canoe trips on the river. The river is now at the moment beneath the Ohio State Park Method, the lockmasters are employed by them. The lockmasters are friendly, nicely educated folks, who are incredibly useful and make going by way of the locks an enjoyable practical experience. The locks are operated from May possibly by way of October on the weekends, through daylight hours.

The Muskingum River was a main route on Underground Railway from 1812 to 1861 utilised by fugitive slaves escaping from the South to Lake Erie and Canada. If you ever have the chance to boat on this river, I hugely suggest it. There are many public launch ramps for straightforward access to the river scattered the length of the waterway. Fuel, meals, and ice are out there at many places on the river, if necessary. This river cruise is pleasurable as nicely as educational.

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