This is a paddle I have wanted to do for some time now. It is a beautiful creek that can only be paddled at certain times of the year. In the summer months, it is too shallow to navigate.
We will paddle 10 miles from Germantown Dam to its termination in the Great Miami River at Middletown, Ohio. 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.
YOU MUST READ THE DETAILS PRIOR TO RSVP
PLEASE NOTE: This is the first time I have attempted to paddle this waterway and as such, there may be strainers, and obstacles that may require portage.With that said, if you are an adventurous type, have some moving water kayak experience, and would like to visit this rarely paddled gem, read on...
We will meet at the terminus for this route at 9AM Miami River Reserve Park in Middletown, Ohio and prepare our boats for shuttle to the Dam launch area. I will bring a truck that seats 6 and a trailer and racks with the ability to transport a dozen boats. Plan to arrive 15-20 minutes before. If you are running late, please call. I will provide my cell number once RSVP's close.
DIRECTIONS FROM INTERSTATE I75 TO THE SHUTTLE LOCATION
Coordinates 39.5442247 -84.3482752
At exit 36, for OH-123 drive west towards Franklin
Turn left onto S Riley Blvd
Keep straight onto OH-73 S
After you drive under a train trestle, turn right into Miami River Reserve Park.
Once we have the boats loaded and ready for transport, we will travel north andbegin our 10 mile paddle from the Germantown Metro Park, Germantown Dam tail waters boat launch located at 7481 Creek Road, Germantown, Ohio 45327 at 10:00 AM.
What To Bring– PFD and all your summer-weather stuff...sun hat / water / sun screen / bug spray, lights, dry clothes, dry shoes, and safety equipment. Bring a towel as to respect the vehicle owner in which you share a shuttle.
Restrooms– In the woods! Be prepared.
Experience– Suitable for experienced moving water paddlers that are comfortable in swift water. There are no rapids nearing class 2 or 3 on this paddle; however there are narrow and twisty turns and a possibility of some strainers. As with all moving water, there are dangers. I would not recommend any boat over 12' in length.
Post-Paddle Sustenance–The historic Florentine Hotel in Germantown, Ohio
Liability Waiver– I will ask that you sign a release of liability when you arrive for this event. I love you guys, but I love my family more :0)
Additionally, I will ask that you provide emergency contact information that will be destroyed after the paddle.
Cancellation- This paddle will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.
That was one awesome creek! Would love to paddle it again. One more foot of water would've been perfect, but it was great as it was. Lots of turns and rapids made paddling it adventurous. It also is a very clean creek (hardly any trash at all). I had my very first roll on this trip, who knew it'd make me sore?! It was awesome. Great choice Kenny!
So would we be taking out at that park Dave mentioned? Just asking because it looks like the last .65 miles right before the river is all dry/shallow on the Google Satellite map. I'm figuring that's why Dave takes out at the park before the river. I'm most likely joining this paddle, going to rsvp when I'm certain. I like your video you took of the park!
Actually on one of the trips we did paddle all the way to the GMR, we didn't have any trouble getting through but on a day with good flow the mouth can be quite choppy. I like that kind of fun, but for a beginner it might be a bit of a shock.
Hmm... Not sure what park you are referring to. I live in the area and have walked the creek from the Germantown Dam to The Great Miami River many times, as a youth, before it was a park. The only real dam I am aware of is in The Great Miami River just past our take out point. That dam washed away many years ago and is now passable without portage (from my understanding). It will be interesting to compare notes. I am excited to float it and having you along will be great! :0)
Intersting... I did not know they put a park there. I do not go into to Carlisle often anymore. I grew up on Twin Creek drive off of Martz-Paulin and hunted and trapped there.The area you indicate was a farm lane when I was a kid and we would have partys back there. I went to school with the owners sons. I bet you are talking about the remnants of an old bridge closer to gtown.
Yeah, if you look at the river on the map just up from the park you can see railroad tracks and if you switch to satellite view you will see the little "dam" or bar of land I am talking about. I ran it once when it was pouring down rain and we were able to go right over it, but the other time we had to portage around because it was too low. Not a big deal though. I look forward to running it again and meeting everybody.
Drop the remote and get up off of that couch! Meet with others who like going outside and experiencing the great outdoors. There is a lot going on in the Dayton area so let's get together and go do it! Hiking, biking, running, walking, kayaking? You pick! Anyone can join and all levels are welcome. Come experience something new or teach the rest of us something new!