Since the mid 1950s, the Morgan family has been offering area adventurers a chance to get outdoors and have some fun. It all started with canoe trips ranging from a couple days to three weeks, but now their reach has expanded as far as the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica.
That’s right, Morgan’s Outdoor Adventures offers three locations for their outdoor opportunities. The two local locations are canoe liveries on the Little Miami River at Fort Ancient and the Whitewater River at Brookville, Ind.
Built in 1969 as the Morgans’ first canoe livery, Fort Ancient attracts more of the East side crowd. "People on the West side of Cincinnati tend to gravitate more toward the Whitewater [River]," says Vice President Dirk Morgan, one of the five Morgan brothers whose dad started it all.
Whether you are an East sider or a West sider, though, both locations provide a variety of adventures with canoeing, kayaking and rafting. You can make a whole weekend out of your outdoor adventure with riverside campgrounds and Amish-made cabins, available at both Fort Ancient and Brookville.
For even more of an adventure, you can get a group together and head down to Costa Rica to stay at Morgan’s Jungle Lodge on the Osa Peninsula. Open during the off-season of the liveries back States-side, this tropical oasis offers a different type of adventure.
Deemed "Costa Rica’s last frontier," the Osa Peninsula stands as one of the most bio-diverse spots in the world. And on the Jungle Lodge’s six acres, you are bound to come across wildlife you have never seen before — at least not outside the zoo.
But you’ll experience more than just wildlife on a trip down to the lodge. "It might be a zipline one day, and the next day it might be going to the chocolate plantation tour or going gold mining or just hiking up a beautiful rain forest creek to a waterfall where you go swimming and you have lunch," Morgan says.
Experiencing the rain forest goes beyond the activities you do and the photos you bring back. "Most people that come back from it in some cases I think it’s a life-changing trip for them, and they realize in order to save the rain forest, you need to appreciate it," Morgan says.
For more information on Morgan’s Outdoor Adventures and their three locations, visit MorgansCanoe.com.
Photographer: Neysa Ruhl
Model: Dirk Morgan