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Local Paddling

We wanted to make getting outside easier, so we’ve collected local resources for paddling in the greater Cincinnati area. You’ll find helpful links to canoe and kayak rentals, river safety information, safety equipment, and paddling group information. For planning a trip on our beautiful National Scenic River, the Little Miami, check out downloadable maps here:

Little Miami River Maps

or for more river info and detailed maps visit ODNR

Canoe and Kayak Liveries

The best opportunity to experience kayaking or canoeing for the first time is through a rental. Luckily, our National Scenic River (Protected by the Little Miami Conservancy), has amazing businesses set up to help you do just that. Enjoy whatever section of river is closest to you.


Southern section of the Little Miami River:

Loveland Canoe and Kayak

River Dogs Paddlesports

Scenic River Canoe Excursions

Northern liveries on the Little Miami:

Morgans Canoe Livery

River’s Edge Canoe and Kayak Outfitter

Whitewater River:

Green Acres Canoe and Kayak Rental

Morgans Canoe Livery

Whitewater Canoe

Great Miami River:

Tippecanoe and Kayaks Too

Twin Creek Kayak & Canoe Livery

Whitewater Warehouse

Wanting to try some still water first? Many local state or county parks will also rent for lake use. Check them out here:

Great Parks

Ohio State Parks Locations


Safety First

Every year there are accidents and fatalities on our waterways that could be easily prevented. These accidents also jeopardize the lives of rescue workers. Beyond understanding river levels or contacting a paddle center before going, out there is more to know. Start by always wearing your life jacket! RRT rents paddles and life jackets. Want to stay safe? Here’s some helpful info:

River Level Safety:

USGS and American Whitewater

Safety Equipment Checklist

Water Quality Check

“Understanding the Little Miami” Blog

Take a Class:

Cincinnati Recreation Commission, Pool lessons for rolls, paddle strokes and more

Great Parks, Flatwater Basics Classes

Tri-State Kayakers, Pool classes for rolls, bracing, and maneuvering

Cincy Paddlers, Power, Skills, and Rescue classes

Roll Classes at the Lebanon YMCA, email George Davis at 

As you should expect from a kayak retailer, safety brochures, PFD fittings, safety equipment, and general knowledge are always available for you here at RRT. Know before you go! Want a full checklist for your on the water adventuring, check it out here:

RRT Watersports Checklist (available in store)

Join a Group

Finding a community of paddlers can be a great idea! Groups mean finding new places, making transportation and shuttles easier, and a safer way to enjoy the water. Each organization is different; find one that is good for you and pick up some paddling tips from each other.

Tri-State Kayakers (a Meet-Up group)

Cincy Paddlers or on facebook

Paddlefest, The Ohio River Paddlefest is recognized as the nation’s largest paddling celebration with 2,000 participants traveling 9 miles through downtown Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky in canoes, kayaks, and other human-powered craft.

RRT Community Paddles (RRT’s event page)