Fireworks Extravaganza!

Come paddle with us and watch an Independence Day celebration from the water.  Entertainment, fireworks and fun! Hueston Woods turns into a huge celebration all across the park. There are activities at the beach as well as the lodge. The fireworks are launched over Acton Lake and are viewable from the all the shore areas. 

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We are meeting on the north side of the Hueston Woods beach area.  You will notice a small playgroup, restrooms and a large tree.  I have never been to this display, as such, I do not know how many people come out very early to get a vantage spot for the fireworks display.  It is my hope that this area will be open at our time of arrival and we can all park together and launch our boats easily from the beach.   I will supply my direct contact information for those that have RSVP's the day of the event.


This is a leisure paddle on Acton Lake prior to the fireworks display. 

• Start 
We will push of from the shoreline at 7:30 PM

• Finish 
We should be out of the water after the fireworks

• Duration 
About 2 hours of flat water paddling exploring the coves and inlets of the lake.. We'll stop at the lodge to check out the events going on there.

• Pace 
We'll float and get the paddles wet occasionally.

• Distance 
The paddle distance is up to the group. 

• Difficulty 
This paddle is suitable for paddlers of all ages and abilities.

• What You See
 Fireworks!!!  Enough said.

• Restrooms 
 Found at many areas around the lake.

• Food 
Bring your water and snacks, there should be plenty of vendors to scarf up some grub.

Bring your kayak, paddle and PFD. 

• What to Bring 
PFD / hat / water / sunscreen / bug spray / dry clothes / dry shoes / dry bag / safety equipment/your lunch/snacks and your smile.

Since this event takes place after dark, ensure you have a pea-less whistle and a headlamp minimum to satisfy waterway regulations

Ohio Department of Natural Resources Required Boating Equipment 


All attendees must agree with the posted ACCIDENT WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY posted on this site.  Your RSVP indicates that you have read and agree to this document.  If you are bringing a guest, please print out the ACCIDENT WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY and ask them to read and sign it.  Present the document to me when you arrive.


This paddle will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather or unsuitable river conditions.


Are permitted on this outing as long as they read and agree to the ACCIDENT WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY


Hueston Woods State Park located in southwest Ohio has an enormous wealth of natural resources. The limestone bedrock of the area is evidence of an ancient shallow sea that once covered Ohio. Much of the limestone is the magnesium-bearing type called dolomite. Fossilized remains of ancient marine animals are so abundant that people from all over the world come to Hueston Woods to collect them.

The rich soils of the area are part of the glacial till plains of western Ohio. Early settlers cleared the dense woodlands to farm the fertile soil.  Nearly all of Ohio’s original forest has since vanished. However, one unique stand of virgin timber remains at Hueston Woods.  Over 200 acres have been protected and provide visitors with a glimpse of Ohio’s primeval forest. Stately beech and sugar maple tower above the abundance of ferns, wildflowers and other woodland species. In 1967, the 200-acre forest was designated a National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service.

The Area History

Millions of years ago, a shallow sea covered Ohio, depositing fossil-rich limestone and dolomite bedrock.  Fertile soils, left behind by glaciers thousands of years ago, created a productive land that attracted early Native Americans, including the Miami people, and settlers.

In 1797, Matthew Hueston, after serving with General "Mad" Anthony Wayne in the Indian wars, bought land for a farm in Butler and Preble counties. He left a remnant of the woods standing for his descendants.

When the last of the Huestons died in the 1930s, Morris Taylor, a conservationist, purchased the woods and held it in trust, while Cloyd Acton, a Preble County legislator, influenced the state legislature to buy the land in 1941. Hueston Woods was designated a state forest, and in 1945, money was appropriated to buy additional land.

In 1952, the Oxford Honor Camp was located here, housing honor-status inmates for 12 years. In the summer of 1956, an earthen dam was completed across Four Mile Creek, creating Acton Lake. Hueston Woods became a state park in 1957. The old-growth forest was added to the National Registry of National Landmarks in 1967, and became a state nature preserve in 1973.

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  • Kenny

    We had a wonderful evening of friendly conversation and paddling on beautiful Acton Lake. The fireworks were very good and I am betting this will become an annual event :0) Thanks to everyone that attended. It was indeed very fun.

    3 · July 7

  • Kenny

    We are on the beach in the original meet up location. We are under a tree that has paddles all the way around it. You can unload your boat here and then go park.

    July 5

    • Deb Greutman

      Kenny, we are loading up. It looks like I have a couple of beginner's joining us. We may be doing some of our own thing for a while. The lake is small we will be seeing you.

      1 · July 5

    • Deb Greutman

      We are late. Sorry had to pick up extra boats and discovered one had not been used for 3 years except by raccoons. Nasty. Nasty. Nasty. :(

      1 · July 5

  • Kris Barrera

    Michelle and I will be there early. Taking a canopy and getting a spot on the beach wherever they will let us set it up. She can't paddle so I bought an inflatable raft to pull her around in.

    July 4

    • Kenny

      Kris, we are going to arrive early as well to enjoy all of the festivities. I will have an easy-up as well. I will be setting up very near the playground area to the left of the beach as you face the water. I will send out my contact information via email later today. See you soon!

      2 · July 5

    • Kris Barrera

      Cool, I bought an easy up as well. 10x10. Maybe there will be space to set up near you guys.

      July 5

  • Kenny

    Be certain to prepare for the nighttime temperature drop this evening. 66 at 10 PM dropping to 62 by 11 PM. Looks like we are going to have a very clear and beautiful night for this paddle.

    July 5

  • Mary Bishop

    Sorry, I can't go now. Very disappointed.

    July 1

  • Bev

    Kenny I added a guest but not sure he can come along due to work. I may need a hand with the yak on my j rack if I come alone.

    July 1

    • Kenny

      Not a problem. See you there.

      July 1

  • Lauren

    This sound a like fun, but I do not own equipment. Will there be an opportunity to borrow/rent from someone/someplace there?

    June 28

    • Kenny

      Lauren, sorry for the late reply. I don't think there are any boats for rent at the lake. You could call Hueston Woods State Park and ask. Another idea it to check with an outfitter near you. If you are from Cbus you could check our sponsor Outdoor Source.

      June 29

  • Deb Greutman

    My daughter and boy friend may be interested. They may just come for the show and not kayak. Also, Paul and I wanted to offer a campfire and smores at our house afterwards to anyone interested. :)

    1 · June 24

    • Kenny

      Sounds great Deb. We will be getting there earlier in the day with our Jeeping friends. Going to be a fun day.

      June 24

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