All the Dam Dam's in Dayton Challenge - 14 miles and 3 dams!

  • September 1, 2014 · 9:00 AM
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Are you up for an all day adventure on the Great Miami River? Covering 14 miles and portaging 3 dams is more than an adventure, its an "All the Dam Dams in Dayton Challenge!"

We will paddle 14.3 miles from the low side of the Taylorsville dam [GM 90.9] to our take out area just north or the Tait Station dam [GM 76.6] on The Great Miami River (near Carillon Historical Park). 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 9:00 AM at the boat 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 9:15 AM to ensure the group is on the water as soon as possible.

• Start 
We plan to push of from the shoreline at 9:30 AM (launch time)

• Finish 
We should be out of the water 6:00 PM + or - 

• Duration 
Expect to spend about 8.50 hours on the water

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

• Distance 
This paddle is 14.3 miles

• Difficulty 
This paddle is suitable for paddlers with some moving water experience and the physical ability to portage your boat at the dams.  You must wear your PFD on this event.  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 
Downtown Dayton and the fountains at Riverscape Metropark,

• Restrooms 
There are no restrooms available

• Food 
Bring your lunch and plenty of water and snacks. 

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.  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.


See The Great Miami River [GM 90.9]

Taylorsville Dam Area Map




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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  • Ruth

    Whew! That was quite the paddle! Super-dee-dooper company, just enough challenges, the fountains, the turtles, the secret island passage way... So much fun! (Well, maybe 'cept for the the stinging nettles bathroom break and the little wrestling match I had with a tree...) You guys worked so hard on that last portage getting boats from here to there! Big thanks to Kenny for his planning and especially for his home-made-golf-caddy-kayak-wheelie thingy. Brilliant idea! Let's do it again. :)

    2 · September 2

    • Rhonda L. B.

      Maybe when I'm not so wiped out from yaking the day before. Lol My hands were so sore this morning after handling a paddle for approximately 13 hours on two adventures down the GMR from Troy to Tipp City and from Vandalia to South of downtown Dayton.

      1 · September 2

  • Frank P.

    Ruth, remind me not to challenge you to any endurance events. You rock ! Rhonda, way to get your second wind more than once and keep that boat moving. Kenny, you offered a challenge and we all got one. Thanks again for putting together a great trip.

    3 · September 1

    • Rhonda L. B.

      Thanks for all your help, Frank, when it came to getting in and out of my kayak. I couldn't have made it without all of you guys helping me.

      1 · September 1

  • Rhonda L. B.

    Today is now one of my best memories and was the funnest Labor Day that I've had in years. I met 2 great guys, Frank and Kenny, and re-met my kayaking classmate Ruth. I was so surprised that we'd done 16.1 miles on the Great Miami River from Taylorsville Dam to Carillon Park. Wow! Combined with the paddling I'd done yesterday from Troy to Tipp City, I've done 36.1 miles in 20 hours. That's got to be a record for a newbie. Lol The best part was seeing the Riverscape fountain starting up right when I was stuck north of it. The next was the bells starting at 6pm right when we were coming in to finish and made a nice end to a great day. Without the companions I was with and the help and encouragement they gave, I wouldn't have made. Thank you so much, Frank, Kenny, and Ruth, for making today possible, and I look forward to many more paddling adventures together. Once I'm not wiped out, I'll upload all the pics I took once I transfer them from my camera. Peace out and keep on floating.

    1 · September 1

  • Kenny

    Had a fabulous day. We paddled 16+ miles on the Great Miami River. Saw a buck on the shoreline, portaged 3 dams, had a fish almost hit me in the face as it jumped over my boat, paddled through the water fountains at the confluence of the Mad River and GMR, and so much more. Time to go back to work for some rest.

    2 · September 1

  • Frank P.

    And a Challenge it was. My GPS showed 16.1 miles give or take a U turn or two.

    3 · September 1

  • Frank P.

    Kenny, do you want me to meet you to car pool .
    I'm in Centerville so anywhere from W Carrollton or north. I'm at 231-4341. Call anytime after 7:00

    September 1

  • Jenny

    Can't make it...have a great time.

    1 · August 31

    • Kenny

      Thanks Jenny. We will see you on the next round.

      August 31

    • Rhonda L. B.

      I wish you were going to be there, Jenny. I was looking forward to meeting you.

      August 31

  • Kenny

    I am experimenting with dollys for tomorrows paddle. Is anyone else bringing a dolly?

    1 · August 30

  • Rhonda L. B.

    I'm so there. It'll be interesting to see if I can get through nearly 25 miles in 2 days.

    August 31

  • Bill W.

    I would love to do this.....I'll post on later on Saturday, if I'm coming.....what fun!!

    2 · August 29

  • Jon M.

    Dam, I wish I could make it to this one!

    4 · August 28

  • George D.

    Wish I could do this. I will be out of town.

    2 · August 28

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