Trail Guides for the Wading and Oswego Rivers

The Oswego River is considered one of the most beautiful in the country, though we like the Wading River just as much.  Travel times, distances and maps for each trail are listed below.  Scroll down for some useful tips about canoeing and kayaking.

Trip Information

We encourage our canoers and kayakers to relax and enjoy the gentle rivers and beauty of the forest. You can add extra time for swimming and picnicking to any trip. However, all boats must be returned by 5 p.m. Plan accordingly to make the most of your day. Please schedule yourself enough time. Your choice of trail is determined by how early you check-in at the store.

Trip
Hours
Straight
Distance
River
Distance
Portage
Campers
Only
Interactive
Map
Image
Map
Bodine Field to Chips Folly
2.1
3.6
 
Map: Bodine Field to Chips Folly
Map: Evans Bridge to Beaver Branch
Evans Bridge to Bodine Field
2.0
4.1
 
Map: Evans Bridge to Bodine Field
Map: Evans Bridge to Bodine Field
Evans Bridge to Beaver Branch
2
2.1
4.3
 
 
Map: Evans Bridge to Beaver Branch
Map: Evans Bridge to Beaver Branch
Hawkin Bridge to Evans Bridge
3
3.0
5.8
 
 
Map: Hawkin Bridge to Evans Bridge
Map: Hawkin Bridge to Evans Bridge
Oswego Lake to Harrisville Lake
4
5.1
7.7
 
Map: Oswego Lake to Harrisville Lake
Map: Oswego Lake to Harrisville Lake
Hawkin Bridge to Bodine Field
5.0
9.1
 
Map: Hawkin Bridge to Bodine Field
Map: Hawkin Bridge to Bodine Field
Hawkin Bridge to Beaver Branch
5
5.1
9.5
 
 
Map: Hawkin Bridge to Beaver Branch
Map: Hawkin Bridge to Beaver Branch
Speedwell Bridge to Evans Bridge
6
6.0
11.4
 
 
Map: Speedwell Bridge to Evans Bridge
Map: Speedwell Bridge to Evans Bridge
Speedwell Bridge to Bodine Field
7.5
14.8
 
Map: Speedwell Bridge to Bodine Field
Map: Speedwell Bridge to Bodine Field
Speedwell Bridge to Beaver Branch
8
7.8
15.7
 
 
Map: Speedwell Bridge to Beaver Branch
Map: Speedwell Bridge to Beaver Branch

Canoeing and Kayaking Safety Tips

Before you go boating this season, there are some important things you should know to keep yourself safe. Canoeing and kayaking is a lot of fun, but if you don’t know the dangers, you could get into trouble on the water. Here are some tips for keeping dry and steering clear of problems:

Entering a Canoe:

  • Have someone hold the canoe steady.
  • Crouch low with your knees bent.
  • Grab the sides of the canoe for balance as you walk to your seat.
  • Walk along the center-line of the canoe to your seat.

Entering a Kayak:

  • Place kayak partially in the water.
  • Grab the sides and step in to the cockpit.
  • Sit down in the seat and place your feet on the braces.
  • Push off the shoreline with your paddle.
Canoe

Using a Canoe or Kayak:

  • Always wear your life vest or personal flotation device.
  • Avoid sudden and jerky movements.
  • Steer clear of other boaters.
  • Be aware of the water current and depth.
  • Stay away from low hanging branches along the shoreline.
  • Do Not Litter. Return all trash to any of our drivers.

If Your Canoe or Kayak Tips Over:

  • Don't Panic.
  • Stay with your canoe or kayak.
  • Try to secure the paddle safely .
  • Paddle or push your vessel to the shoreline.
  • Empty the water by turning the canoe on it's side.
  • Empty the kayak by tipping it upright so water drains through the hole at the end.
  • Always bring extra clothing in a water-proof container.
Kayak

Be Sure to Bring the Proper Equipment:

  • Sun Protection: hats, sunscreen and sunglasses.
  • Insect Repellent.
  • Food and Drinks in a water-proof container.
  • Beach sandals or an old pair of sneakers.
  • Straps for eyeglasses or sunglasses.
  • Bring a friend for safety reasons.
  • Cell phone placed in a resealable plastic bag.
Double Kayak

Please Do Not Bring on the Rivers:

  • Car keys and house keys.
  • Wallets or purses.
  • Jewelry and watches.

Bad Weather Tips with Lightning

  • Find a safe area to rest at. Do not crowd together.
  • Unsafe places include underneath canopies and trees. Avoid open spaces and the high ground.
  • Stay clear of aluminum canoes and the water.