43 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. "Fuzzy rubber" 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. Click on the Membership Link at the left and learn about membership and what the club offers. Visit our FACEBOOK page for an interactive paddling experince.
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