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Kayak Dayton - Great Miami River "Weekday Paddle Series" Miamisburg to Franklin

  • Aug 27, 2014 · 6:15 PM
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Enjoy short and leisurely after work paddle on the Great Miami River. At only 3.7 miles, its a good way to get on the water close to home and stretch your arms.  This is a fun section that I am sure you will enjoy.

We will paddle 3.7 miles from the low side of the Hutchings dam [GM 63.4] to a new take out area just south of Franklin [GM 59.7] on The Great Miami River. There is not a livery for boat rental or a shuttle. You will need to own your own boat and be willing to shuttle with other kayakers on this Meet Up.  If you do not have a boat, rental information is included below.

We will meet at 6:15 PM at the launch area and agree on shuttle logistics.  We will prepare boats for launch and a group will stage vehicles for shuttle at the take out location. If you are running late, please call. I will provide my cell number once RSVP's close.  The latest you may arrive is 6:40 PM to ensure the group is on the water at 7:00PM.

• Start 
We plan to push of from the shoreline at 7:00 PM (launch time)

• Finish 
We should be out of the water 8:15 PM + or - 

• Duration 
Expect to spend about 1.25 hours on the water

• Pace 
We will take a leisurely paddle giving plenty of time for camera opportunities

• Distance 
This paddle is a very short 3.7 miles

• Difficulty 
This paddle is suitable for paddlers with some moving water experience.  You must be 18 years of age or older and sign the liability waiver.  Its not a hard paddle, however there are obstacles to maneuver.

• What You See 
Hutching Station Power Plant, Miamisburg Chautauqua Association Park, Chautauqua Rapids, Downtown Franklin, Wildlife.

• Restrooms 
There are no restrooms available

• Food 
Bring water and snacks.  We will have dinner after the paddle at TJ Chumps.

A boat that tracks well would be ideal, but not necessary.  Mostly a flat water paddle with an occasional rapid.  A recreational boat will do well.

• What to Bring 
PFD / hat / water / sunscreen / bug spray / dry clothes / dry shoes / dry bag / safety equipment. Water temperatures will be cool.  Be prepared.

Bring a towel as to respect the vehicle owner in which you share a shuttle.

PLEASE NOTE: I am not your guide.  I am a friend to paddle with that has provided you with group companionship and shuttling opportunity.



• Take State route 725 exit

• West on ST RT 725 towards Miamisburg (Miamisburg-Centerville Road)

• Turn left onto Byers Rd

• Turn right onto Benner Rd

• Turn left onto Miamisburg Springboro Pike

• Take the 1st right onto Shephard Rd

• Shephard Rd dead ends into Dayton-Cincinnati Pike.  The boat ramp is across the street.

(see The Great Miami River map [GM 63.4] )

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TJ Chumps in Miamisburg, Ohio


Gauges - Great Miami at Dayton (AW#31456)

Weather (Miamisburg, Ohio)


Download Great Miami River Water Trail Map Side 1: (1.7MB)

Download Great Miami River Safety Tips Side 2: (353 KB)

Request a Printed Map by Mail

Great Miami River Watershed Water Trails


By RSVP'ing yes and attending this event, you are acknowledging that you agree to the posted accident waiver and release of liability notice located on this website.


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

Sunrise: 7:01am
Sunset: 8:18pm


No guests on the sign up.  Just ask your friends to sign up on Meet Up and RSVP to the paddle.  In this, we ensure everyone has accepted the liability waiver.  this protects everyone on the event. 

Prices a one day rental is $35.00 and $28.00 for rewards members.
A three day rental is $70.00 and for rewards members it is $56.00

25 E. Linden Ave.
Miamisburg, OH 45342 
Phone: (937)[masked] Toll Free:[masked]

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  • Kenny

    Nice stretch of river with a few nice areas to play in moving water. Good group of paddlers and an easy shuttle with Sylvia providing the ride back to our vehicles.

    August 28, 2014

  • Ruth

    Have to make an unplanned visit to the dentist this afternoon. If he's on time, I'll be there, but don't count on it. :(

    August 27, 2014

    • Ruth

      Nope deffo won't be there because Vicodine. Have funs, kids!

      August 27, 2014

    • Kenny

      Sounds like you are the one on the happy pills. Sleep well my friend.

      August 27, 2014

  • Tamara

    I really wanted to go and I got a kayak finally. It's just to difficult, timewise, to work it in on the week days.

    1 · August 27, 2014

    • Tamara

      I've taken it out twice. It's fine. The storage compartment leaks...that's my only complaint:)

      August 27, 2014

    • Kenny

      Most all storage compartments leak. No worry.

      August 27, 2014

  • Sylvia G.

    I'll be there. I'll do the same thing as yesterday and leave my truck at the take out point and run back to the start. I can transport 5 people and kayaks. If we are no more than that we can shove off as soon as I arrive back at the put in point. Plan to be there around 6 :40

    August 27, 2014

  • George D.

    I cannot get there in time today. Everyone enjoy.

    1 · August 27, 2014

    • Kenny

      Work, work, work... Hmmm... I think you need river therapy :0)

      1 · August 27, 2014

    • George D.

      I think you are correct. I will substitute with roll practice at a nearby lake with a beach.

      1 · August 27, 2014

  • Deb G.

    Sorry Kenny, but was just asked to baby set our granddaughter. She does come before paddling...:) have a great time!!!!

    1 · August 25, 2014

  • Bill W.

    Going Monday night instead ...see y'all then

    1 · August 24, 2014

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