What we're about

Tri-State Kayakers is intended for both beginning and experienced recreational kayakers from Cincinnati, Indiana, and Northern Kentucky.

All skill levels are welcome. There are no prerequisites for joining. Just bring your boat and enjoy camaraderie on the water. We do everything from flat water on lakes to moving water on local rivers. There are also overnight excursions involving camping and very often hiking.

Please familiarize yourself with the Tri-State Kayakers bylaws and liability waiver before joining us at an event. These can be accessed via Google Drive where you will also find several other administrative articles to help you along with kayaking.

Link for Admin Files: Copy and Paste

Our agenda is to safely promote the sport of kayaking, relieve the apprehension that beginners always have, and help familiarize kayakers with the beautiful natural world and fun that kayaking offers. We visit our favorite lakes and local rivers, increase our skills, demonstrate and share our equipment with novices, encourage our children and grandchildren to take up our favorite pastime, and have fun with old friends and new.

TSK consists of a wide variety of members from novices to experienced. Several have volunteered to become Assistant Organizers which opens up new ideas for fun and enjoyment on the water. These folks post events on our calendar and lead the outings.

If you have any questions, contact any of the Assistant Organizers or the Group Organizer.

Upcoming events (1)

Grayson Lake – Kayaking and Camping Weekend May 18-May 21, 2023

Grayson Lake State Park


You’ve probably heard the stories about Grayson Lake,
and they’re all true.

This place is beautiful and the waterfalls are spectacular.

But you have to get there at the right time of year

and May is waterfall season.

Come on down,

It’s always worth the trip!!

Let's return to Grayson Lake and find those waterfalls!!

Rain and Waterfalls - I am hoping for a rainy spring! This is really good for the waterfalls at Grayson Lake. I'm hoping for quite a show.

I am asking everyone to book your own site, and arrange buddies to share (split the cost) if you wish. I know stuff happens, families, work... the campground will refund a partial deposit or you may find someone else to take your site.

My favorite sites are 25, 26, 27 and all in that loop. Just post your site number in the comments, cost and if you are offering to share.
(don''t forget possible discounts!)
These are the same sites we have used the past 4 trips I've planned, plenty of trees for hammock camping, Woods, and flat spaces for tents,,,We will be near the bathhouse which has some extra parking. Nevertheless, we have had more than two cars per site before without incident as long as we're not a bother to others. Officially we may have 8 persons per site.

Here is the link to the campground

We will discuss food and group meals in April!

HAMMOCK CAMPING: some sites do have trees

Where – The put in for Friday, Saturday & Sunday will be determined. Any one who wish to drive down Thursday eve and paddle Friday, please do!!

COST: N0 additional cost except firewood to share

When – Expect the put in time on Saturday to be at about 10:00 AM which means departing the I-275 loop in Northern Kentucky at about 6:30 AM. It’s a 2.5 hour drive + stops + pre-launch. Better idea to arrive Thursday or Friday!

Driving Directions – Google it to address above. We will have directions to the put-ins!

RSVP LIMITS- I am limiting the number to 25 people. All members please. No guests!

What To Bring – PFD / sun hat / warm or cold weather clothing / water / sun screen / bug spray. Lunch will be on the water both days, We will find a beach/grassy area to get out!

Camping gear and something to share either Sat morning breakfast, Fri or Sat evening Campfire or Sat evening dinner! Example: If I bring breakfast... I will eat your dinner! Do not bring food to share every meal!!

Restrooms – Nothing at the Clifty Creek or KY 504 put in. Do it before you get there or get to know the chipmunks in the woods.

Weather Forecast – Will be updated!

Experience – You will spend up to six hours on the water on both Saturday and Sunday but the paddling will be leisurely. Expect to cover about 10 miles each day so if this is within your capabilities, then you should be fine.

Camping – We will be doing the camping in Grayson Lake State Park.
Water. showers, electricity.

Note– With five + hours of driving facing you, camping overnight on Saturday (at least) is probably a really good idea, even if you’re not planning on the Sunday paddle.

Liability Waiver – As always, by joining in this event you are acknowledging that you have read and agree to abide by the Tri-State Kayakers liability waiver. You can find this waiver in the Files section of the Tri-State Kayakers web site

Size of Boat - 12-foot + would be ideal, but not necessary. This is not a speed-paddling / distance-endurance event. And, there are plenty of wonderful things to see without doing the complete route.

Dogs - I've seen them in the campground, but surely there are limitations. Check the online park campground rules and regulations. And, don't expect a lot of off-boat leg-stretching / pee-relieving time for your pooch. My biggest worry is a dog lifting a leg on some ones tent.




Past events (1,241)

Winter Swap Meet

MadTree Brewery