Big Darby Creek's Trapper Johns Canoe Livery closes while owners look for new buyer


Trapper Johns owner Jason Kaufman prepares canoes in this 2019 photo.

Trapper Johns owner Jason Kaufman prepares canoes in this 2019 photo.

Trapper Johns Canoe Livery, which has sent central Ohioans canoeing and kayaking down Big Darby Creek for more than half a century, is closed and for sale.

The livery, based in Darbyville near Grove City, announced Tuesday that it is closed and “undergoing a transition.”

We are excited to share that Trapper Johns is now for sale,” the business posted. “We look forward to passing the torch to new owners who will continue to uphold the same values that have made Trapper Johns a beloved part of the community.”

The announcement was made shortly before the traditional start of the livery’s season on Memorial Day weekend. Seasons fluctuated depending on weather but traditionally ran through Labor Day weekend, with canoes, kayaks and tubes all casting off from the livery at 7141 London-Groveport Road.

Under a 1993 agreement, Trapper Johns’ was the only commercial livery allowed to operate on the Big Darby, a state and national scenic river and a “Last Great Place” by The Nature Conservancy.

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Trapper Johns representatives could not be immediately reached for comment but the company’s phone message remained upbeat about the upcoming season.

“Rest assured, it is our intention to open this season and to continue serving you,” the message stated. “Thank you so much for the years of patronage. … We look forward to welcoming you back soon.”

jweiker@dispatch.com

@JimWeiker

This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: Trapper Johns looks for new buyer as Big Darby Creek season approaches



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