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

Enjoy short and leisurely after work paddle on the Great Miami River. At only 5 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 5 miles from new boat ramp just south of Franklin [GM 59.2] to an area just north of Middletown [GM 54.2] 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, local rental information is included below.

We will meet at the  6:30 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. Plan to arrive 15-20 minutes before. If you are running late, please call. I will provide my cell number once RSVP's close.

• Start 
We will push of from the shoreline at 6:30 PM

• Finish 
We should be out of the water 8:00 PM + or - 

• Duration 
Expect to spend about 1.5 hours on the water

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

• Distance 
This paddle is 5 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 
Franklin train trestle , confluence of Twin Creek, paddle over the washed out dam at Middletown,  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: This is the first time I have attempted to paddle this waterway this year.  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 73 exit

• West on ST RT 73 (2nd street) towards Franklin

• As you enter town (Speedway gas station) continue straight to East 2nd street.

• Cross the Great Miami River on the Franklin lion bridge

• Turn left at light immediately after crossing bridge
  (Miami Ave/also known as Oxford Road)

• Boat ramp is about 3/4 miles on the left.  Limited parking available.

(see The Great Miami River map [GM 59.2] )

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TJ Chumps in Miamisburg, Ohio (or other nearby watering hole)


Gauges - Great Miami at Dayton (AW#31456)

Weather (Middletown, Ohio)


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

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

Request a Printed
Map by Mail

Great Miami River Watershed Water Trails


I will ask that you sign ACCIDENT WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY when you arrive for this event or you can update your profile to indicate your acceptance of the risk.  I love you guys, but I love my family more. Additionally, I will ask that you provide emergency contact information that will be destroyed after the paddle.


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

Sunrise: 6:15am
Sunset: 8:54pm


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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  • Jon M.

    Another great time on the GMR, thanks Sylvia.

    1 · August 27, 2014

  • Frank P.

    Nice section of river. More rapids than most of the G Miami.

    1 · August 26, 2014

  • Sylvia G.

    I can seem to avoid the police. Good thing I did not drive down the bikeway to pick up the kayaks in Middletown. A second offense would have probably landed me in jail.

    1 · August 26, 2014

  • George D.

    Great fun, even with the police presence!

    August 26, 2014

  • George D.

    Great fun, even with the police presence!

    August 26, 2014

  • Sylvia G.

    If any last minute people decide top go please call me and let me know at[masked]-6412. Right now we have 5 people going. If you don't, we might leave with out you.

    August 26, 2014

  • George D.

    Kenny, are you going?

    August 26, 2014

    • George D.

      Sylvia was going to post this. I am confused.

      August 26, 2014

    • George D.

      Sylvia did post it. No longer confused. See you at 505 Miami Ave. Franklin.

      August 26, 2014

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  • Sylvia G.
    Event Host
  • Kenny
    Donating Member 2015, 2016, Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Jon M.
    Donating Member 2015
  • Frank P.
    Donating Member 2015, 2016
  • George D.
    Donating Member 2015, 2016
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