Guided Canoe Trips


  • All outings will start and end at the Oakland Mills Nature Center.
  • Trips will leave by 9:00am and travel will be on the Skunk River, Lake Geode, or on Big Cedar Creek, depending on water conditions and at the discretion of the guide.
  • Minimum 4 canoes per date with a maximum of 6 canoes per date.
  • Cost is $35 per canoe for a 2 hour tour; $50 per canoe for 4 hours; and $70 per canoe for a 6 hour trip.
  • $30 per canoe for a 2 hour weekday Lake Geode trip. You provide your own transportation to and from the lake. minimum of 4 canoes applies.
  • Canoe experiences on the nature center pond can be made for weekdays/evenings by appointment at a rate of $5/person, minimum 10 people.
  • Anyone under the age of 18 shall be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • No alcohol or pets allowed.
  • All participants must arrive 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time the day of the trip to attend a safety orientation.
  • PFD’s will be worn at all times and all outings are rain or shine.
  • Participants must stay within eyesight of the guide for the duration of the journey.
  • Contact the Henry County Conservation Department for Further details or to make your reservation or go to http://www.henrycountyconservation.com/canoe_trips.htm

Oakland Mills Nature Center

Open Saturday and Sunday 1-5pm mid-April through mid-October or by Appointment

For a day of family entertainment at its best, make tracks for the Oakland Mills Nature Center and Park. Our nature center is different than most. This is the place to learn what the rest of the park has to offer.

Learn about the Skunk River Valley and the varieties of plants and animals in this area. Discover how each species of wildlife interacts with its habitat, and test your knowledge of nature by experiencing the exhibits. Whether they test your sense of touch or your knowledge of the weather, you will be pleasantly surprised at how much these exhibits can teach you.

When you feel ready to practice what was learned, step outside to experience it all first hand throughout the park. Come discover wildlife such as raccoons, deer, hawks, owls, squirrels, and many others in their natural habitat.

In addition to wildlife, you may observe or participate in various other activities on the grounds such as trailer or tent camping, canoeing, fishing, boating, admiring the spillway, or hiking the nature trails.

Hope to see you soon with your walking shoes, camera, and your sense of adventure for a full day of excitement at the Oakland Mills Nature Center and Park.

For more information on the Oakland Mills Nature Center go to http://www.henrycountyconservation.com/nature.htm

Recreation Areas

What’s the difference between a park and a recreation area?

The difference between a park and a recreation area deals with the activities that can be enjoyed in that area. A park allows visitors the opportunity for camping, hiking, picnicking, and fishing using modern developments such as established campsites with electricity and water, rest rooms, and shelter houses. Hunting is not permitted in our parks and these areas may be closed to visitors at times. Recreation areas may not permit overnight camping, may not have rest rooms, and may not have access to water. Hunting and fishing are permitted during the appropriate seasons and recreation areas are open year-round.

Visit Our Recreation Areas:

  • Faulkner’s Access
  • Gibson Recreation Area
  • Heron Marsh Youth Hunting Area
  • Hoaglin Woods
  • Ketchum Switch Recreation Area
  • Mud Creek Recreation Area
  • Riverview Disc Golf Course
  • Skunk River Water Trail

To check out all of these recreational areas go to http://www.henrycountyconservation.com/recreation.htm