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Sherman Landing

Sherman Landing

One of the wonderful features about West Liberty is that a river literally runs through it. In addition to providing the perfect backdrop for our Live on the Licking free summer concert series, it also provides easy access for activities such as canoeing and kayaking.

That access just became even easier with the installation of a new launch located at Old Mill Park. The new launch, Sherman Landing (named in honor of the late Leota Sherman, long-time tourism member and the driving force behind the creation of Old Mill Park) features a concrete launch pad and steps, along with a handrail and mounted rollers to make packing your canoe or kayak up or down the stairs an easier task.

The park features ample parking, restrooms, and water fountains for both humans AND pets.  There are also picnic areas in case you’d like to grab a meal from one of our local dining establishments and fuel up before your journey.

Below is a map of some possible areas for you to leave a vehicle and take out when you are finished for the day.

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Take Out Locations and Distances

Sherman Landing to Woodsbend: 9 Miles
(MUST get permission from the Morgan County Tree Nursery to take out at this location. Road access can be questionable, so please check ahead of time)

Sherman Landing to Twentysix: 15 Miles
There is parking available and a concrete boat ramp.  It is considered a remote area, so please plan accordingly when leaving a vehicle and notify others of your plans.

Sherman Landing to Blackwater: 20 Miles
There is parking available and a concrete boat ramp.  It is considered a remote area, so please plan accordingly when leaving a vehicle and notify others of your plans.

Sherman Landing to Bangor Boat Ramp: 30 Miles
Parking, restrooms, and concrete boat ramp.  While it is a more improved facility, it is still considered a remote area, so please plan accordingly when leaving a vehicle and notify others of your plans.

Safety

This section of the Licking River may not be noted for any rapids, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be aware of your surroundings and take precautions to enhance your safety.

All people entering the water are responsible for their own safety.  Along your route, you may encounter obstacles that need to be carefully navigated or portaged around.  Cell service may be spotty, and due to the nature of the terrain and the path of the river, should you need assistance, it may take a while for help to arrive.

It is always a good idea to travel in groups and to keep those groups together, particularly if children are with you. Before leaving, let someone know where you’ll be going and when you expect to arrive.

Visibility of your surroundings may be limited in places, so you may not notice approaching weather.  Thunderstorms can develop quickly and you should exit the water if one approaches.  Pull your boat adequately out of the water and try to find a safe area to ride out the storm.  Avoid metal objects, tall isolated trees, and open fields.