Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Paulding County Progress Spring - 3
Auglaize Canoe and Kayak offers nature’s view up close
By JOE SHOUSECorrespondent
OAKWOOD – After its initialyear in business last summer Auglaize Canoe and Kayak is look-ing forward to the summer of 2014.Located two miles south of Ohio613 on County Road 263(Paulding-Putnam County line),then west on Road 207, sits the liv-ery on the 100-year-old familyfarm.Doug and Bonnie Weller, whoboth retired from careers in salesand teaching, had the dream for several years to one day open akayak business. They, along withtheir son, Troy, and wife, Tammy,and their three children, Leva,Amelia and Payton, took a giantleap of faith last year and they havenot looked back.Housed in the converted barnthat was built by Doug and some of his FFA friends when they were inhigh school, the facility serves asthe check-in point for those whoseek adventure on the PauldingCounty waterways.“This is our retirement project. Itis what we do to keep ourselvesyoung,” said Doug.The livery is opened from May 1to Oct. 1 and it has been everythingthe Wellers had hoped it would be.“To be honest, last year was morethan we expected. But we are tak-ing it slow and we will add newfeatures to the facility from time totime. This year, we will be offeringpaddleboards,” said Bonnie.Those who come out to experi-ence the water consist of all ages.From preschool to those in their 80s have enjoyed the variety of boat trips.“Last season we had a group of five ladies who came out to campand then went kayaking the follow-ing day. It was their version of agirls’ night out,” said Bonnie.The canoe and kayak facility haswelcomed couples, families, smallgroups, as well as church youthgroups, boy scouts, school groups.EMS/fire departments, and lawenforcement groups.“We have had a wide variety of people attend. We have even hadsports teams from local highschools who use the facility as aform of team building,” saidBonnie.Patrons from surrounding coun-ties have visited the Weller farmand have enjoyed the kayaking andcanoeing.“We have had people visitingfamily and friends in the area whowere from California and Floridawho came over and enjoyed theview of the beautiful sceneryoffered by canoeing down theAuglaize.”But, at the end of the day, it’s thekids who are the best.“Everyone always has a goodtime. People get wet and you hear alot of laughter when they finishtheir course along the river,” saidDoug.Auglaize Canoe provides 13 two- person canoes, 22 two-person sit-on-top kayaks, 12 twisters or singlekayaks, and new this year will be paddleboards.“We have something very uniquehere. There is not much commer-cialism around the the river whichadds to the wide variety of outdoor life. Often times you can witnesseagles, river otters, geese, ducks,owls, deer, to name a few,” saidBonnie.Hours of operation are Mondaythrough Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. andSunday from 1-5 p.m. “We areopen 6-1/2 days a week. We are notopen on Sunday morning so our families can attend church,” com-mented Bonnie.For more information, visitwww.auglaizecanoe.com or check outAuglaize Canoe on Facebook. Theycan be reached at 419-594-3456.
The Auglaize Canoe livery is opened every day beginning in May. On a warm summer Saturday the weekend river traffic will enjoy one of the four different trips offered.
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