s


Boating Trip Guidelines

COP's volunteer leaders run these generally low budget and communitarian type trips; expect to pitch in and help. Costs are typically gas + food. If interested in trip leader training, contact the Activity Chair, Nic Sanna, at boating (AT) outdoor-pursuits.org. For other trip info, call the leaders listed in the schedule. Note: Per insurance rules, only COP members can participate on trips with Class III or greater whitewater.



Yough Stop Reminder

Columbus Outdoor Pursuits (COP) owns a shelter near the Youghiogheny River in southwestern Pennsylvania between Confluence and Ohiopyle.  The shelter is primarily used on COP sponsored trips and by COP members for impromptu or private trips.  Check the boating schedule to avoid conflict with scheduled trips.  For reservations and cost, contact Nic Sanna, boating@outdoor-pursuits.org.  For an online map, contact boatweb@outdoor-pursuits.org.

Just a reminder to those that use the Yough Stop on an individual/private trip basis: Please remember to pay the camp fees and to clean up after yourself. Camp fees are $5/per person/per night. Please remit to COP, 1525 Bethel Road, Suite 100, Columbus, OH 43220-2054. Please note on the memo line of your check 'Yough Stop Fees'.


International Scale of River Difficulty

As boating season progresses, please note the class level of the trips listed. A guide of what these river classifications means, is published here in our newsletter. Please use this listing as a guide for you in evaluating boating trips. Our priority is to have a safe and fun trip for everyone involved! 

Adapted from American White Water. Thanks for their permission to use.

This is the American version of a rating system used to compare river difficulty throughout the world. this system is not exact; rivers do not always fit easily into one category, and regional or individual interpretations may cause misunderstandings. it is no substitute for a guidebook or accurate first-hand descriptions of a run. Please visit www.americanwhitewater.org for additional information.

Class I: Easy. fast moving water with riffles and small waves. few obstructions, all obvious and easily missed with little training. risk to swimmers is slight; self-rescue is easy.

Class II: Novice. Straightforward rapids with wide, clear channels which are evident without scouting. Occasional maneuvering may be required, but rocks and medium sized waves are easily missed by trained paddlers. Swimmers are seldom injured and group assistance, while helpful, is seldom needed

Class III: Intermediate. Rapids with moderate, irregular waves which may be difficult to avoid and which can swamp an open canoe. Complex maneuvers in fast current and good boat control in tight passages or around ledges are often required; large waves or strainers may be present but are easily avoided

Class IV: Advanced. Intense, powerful but predictable rapids requiring precise boat handling in turbulent water. Depending on the character of the river, it may feature large, unavoidable waves and holes or constricted passages demanding fast maneuvers under pressure.

Class V: Expert. Extremely long, obstructed, or very violent rapids which expose a paddler to added risk. Drops may contain large, unavoidable waves and holes or steep, congested chutes with complex, demanding routes.

Class VI: Extreme and exploratory. These runs have almost never been attempted and often exemplify the extremes of difficulty, unpredictability and danger.


In-State, Weekend - Day Trips

These trips are led by COP volunteer trip leaders. Locations depend on the availability of water levels and are subject to change. Ohio river trips are primarily Class I & II trips. High water, cool temps and some locations, on particular rivers can bump these trips to Class II+ /III-. Therefore, it is a good idea, to speak to the trip leader, prior to the trip, regarding your boating skills.

There is generally an hour or two of travel each way, so count on these being a pretty much full day activity. Be sure to arrive at the river prepared with a lunch/snacks, sunscreen, drinking water, rain gear, appropriate boating clothes for the weather and water temps and a dry bag to pack them in.

A change of clothes and towel, for after the river is a good thing to pack and leave, in one of the shuttle cars. A couple of dollars towards your carpooling drive is always appreciated.

If you have any medical conditions (asthma, allergies to bee stings, diabetes, required medications, etc.), please identify these to the trip leader prior to arriving, for the trip. For the safety of everyone involved, it is important and your responsibility, to identify any issues that may require additional medical assistance prior to a trip.

Please plan to provide your own gear, including a PFD, which must be properly worn at all times when on or near the water. All trips require the reading and signing of a liability release. Please be courteous and contact trip leaders if you have any questions, prior to the day before the trip and before 10 pm.


Out of State Trips - Multi-day

These trips are led by COP volunteer trip leaders in a low budget, communitarian fashion, so expect to pitch in and help. Costs are typically gas, food and camping fees.

Please pay attention to the level of difficulty when planning to join moving water trips. Generally, moving water experience is required for these trips. Out of state trips range from Class II/III, Class III/IV to IV/V trips. Locations depend on the availability of water levels and are subject to change. In some cases, a solid kayak roll may be required. That information is usually specified in the trip description. As always, it is a good idea, to speak to the trip leader, prior to the trip, regarding your boating skills.

Be sure to arrive at the river prepared with a lunch/snacks, sunscreen, drinking water, rain gear, appropriate boating clothes for the weather and water temps and a dry bag to pack them in.

A change of clothes and towel, for after the river is a good thing to pack and leave in one of the shuttle cars.

If you have any medical conditions (asthma, allergies to bee stings, diabetes, required medications, etc.), please identify these to the trip leader prior to arriving, for the trip. For the safety of everyone involved, it is important and your responsibility, to identify any issues that may require additional medical assistance prior to a trip.

Please plan to provide your own gear, including a PFD, which must be properly worn at all times when on or near the water. With higher classification of river trips, be prepared to have a helmet, as well. All trips require the reading and signing of a liability release. Please be courteous and contact trip leaders if you have any questions, prior to the day before the trip and before 10 pm.


For more information about your favorite activity....

Email the Activiy Chairperson by clicking one of the following...

BackPacking :: Boating :: Camping :: Bicycling :: Hiking :: Rock Climbing :: Running :: Winter Activities

For Everything Else Contact Us Here


Copyright © Columbus Outdoor Pursuits 

...Temporary Offices...

27 E. Home Street, Westerville, Ohio 43081

501(c)(3) Non-Profit

ABOUT US :     614.442.7901     : FAQ

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software