What we're about

Tri-State-Kayakers is intended for both beginning and experienced recreational kayakers from the Cincinnati, Indiana, and Northern Kentucky areas to share their passion for the sport of kayaking. Again, all skill levels are welcome!

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 kayak our favorite lakes and slow-moving 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...novices to experienced. Several have volunteered to become assistant organizers which always opens up new ideas for fun and enjoyment on the water. These folks post events on our calendar and lead the outings. Anyone can become an assistant organizer by contacting the TSK moderator.

Here are some basic guidelines that TSK members must remember:

1. New members must read and agree with our liability waiver.

2. All TSK participants are required to wear a Coast Guard approved life vest / PFD (Personal Flotation Device) properly and securely at all times while kayaking on the water. If not, that participant will not be a part of that TSK event. The PFD must be worn and not just available.

3. TSK members must obey the event leader's directions and requests. If they do not, they are no longer a participant in that TSK event. If an event is filled, please do not "Crash" the event. In other words, do not attend if uninvited. However, you can always check with the event organizer and often times there is a waiting list.

4. Safety is most important in all of our events. Leaders ensure to the fullest extent of their abilities that all safety measures and considerations have been provided for that event and implemented as much as can be expected. Participants must remember that safety is a personal responsibility. Unsafe and irresponsible acts will not and should not be tolerated by any TSK member. Please, report any such acts to the TSk group leader or the moderator. Remember, in case of any emergency during any TSK event, use the public 911 system to seek emergency assistance.

5. Accountability. During paddling and / or other TSK outdoor events in which you are participating, please let the event leader know if you are leaving the immediate group. It is important for everyone to watch out for each other. Please do not assume someone is "just falling behind." Make sure that everyone is accounted for and in good condition to participate in the event.

6. Do not exceed your comfort, health limits, physical endurance, skill, or experience levels. Ask for assistance or guidance when you need help or do not "feel good". Common health issues to look for are heat exhaustion, insect bite reactions, chest pains, and blisters to just name a few.

7. Assistant Organizers are solely in control of planning and implementing events. Please contact the event leader if suggestions or changes are needed. TSK events that are invitation only or not open to the general TSK membership on a "first come, first served" basis should not be posted on the TSK calendar. In those type of closed events, they should be planned, scheduled and implemented as a private and personal event outside of the TSK web site.

8. When you RSVP for an event, please cancel yourself from the sign-up list if you cannot attend, even at the last minute. Many times others are waiting to attend.

9. Finally, TSK members are known for their courtesy, politeness, and manners. We ask that all TSK members be their best around each other. If any problems are encountered, please report this to any assistant organizer or to the TSK moderator.

Besides all that, we are here to have fun. Enjoy TSK and we are glad you are here!

Upcoming events (4+)

Mammoth Caves! Hike, Kayak, Caves, Zip lines and Horseback riding!!

Needs a location

Mammoth Cave ,More Than A Cave! Rolling hills, deep river valleys, and the worlds longest known cave system. Mammoth Cave National Park is home to thousands of years of human history and a rich diversity of plant and animal life, earning it the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve.

*** UPDATE***
We will be camping at Double J Stables and Campgrounds! 542 Lincoln school rd Mammoth Cave, Ky 42259
This will be Primitive camping but we will have access to the pavilion where there is Electric and water available. There are heated Restrooms with flush toilets and Hot showers on site. Ice & firewood 4 sale. WiFi Internet access. Lots of trails. YES we will be doing our Horseback riding right from camp and riding right into the Mammoth Caves National park!
Also available regular electric and water camp site $40 a night. Please let me know if your are interested as I have to book these sites for you. Must pay $50 shuttle fee to attend.

Cost of Camping and shuttles $125 Must have your own Kayak!
Cost Zip lines $55 plus tax. If we get a group discount I will refund the difference at camp!
Cost Horseback riding. 2 hr $60 We will be doing the 2 hr ride. No refunds!
Please let me know If you want to zip line and or horseback riding so I can book to our size and hoping to get a group discount.

Thursday afternoon is arrival: set up camp, Check out the visitor center to pick up your own maps for caves, hiking, biking!... Dinner at a local eatery. TBA ? Cave City!!

Friday - Morning we plan to Horseback ride at 10 am! I am booking A cave tour for River Styx tour for 3:30pm. ( optional )

Saturday - Mornng we will Zipline then directly from ziplining we will kayak the Green river. Dennison Ferry to Green River Ferry
( 8 Miles - Approximately 3 to 3.5 hours!)
This short trip is a great way for kayakers to experience the beauty of the Green River and its wildlife.

Sunday - load up and paddle Green River Ferry to Houchins Ferry
(12 Miles - Approximately 5.5 hours)
Beginning at the Green River Ferry, kayak the stream that helped form the great Mammoth Cave. With clear skies, you'll have a sunny trip as you pass some sandy beaches and islands which may be used for picnics or just taking a break. The river flows through deep gorges and wooded hills and has abundant wildlife.
***pack your Lunch, snacks, water, camera etc...

Monday - Clean up camp! Can book Mammoth cave tour, Paddlle Nolin Lake, Hike or explore more in Cave City.

For caving: I was told if you want the history, book a reservation at the Mammoth Caves National park in advance. If you want the Oooos and Ahhhs of beautiful Caves and formations, go to the Diamond Caverns or Crystal caverns, no reservations needed.

***caving, biking, hiking are on your own. I am not planning these. But we can get into small groups to explore.

I am limiting the group to 25 people. The first 25 to get the money in are going. I am doing a waiting list of everyone not paid. When I receive payment I will move you to the going list. Send payment to Sandra Steel P.O. Box 50 Blanchester, OH 45107
Will except Paypal, Venmo or Cash App. Send payment via family and friends or will not be accepted. paypal.me/steelbuster71 If using Venmo or Cash app please contact me.

I AM SO LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS TRIP!!

We will be doing group meals as we always have an awesome time coming together to make beautiful meals. Themed dinners will be determined later. Up for suggestions!

*** if you are NOT participating in the group meals, just post that on the site.

No Guests. All must sign up!
Liability Waiver – As always, by joining in this 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. All attendees are responsible for their own safety not holding any responsibility to the trip organizer. Trip Organizer has the right to refuse or reject someone from their trip at anytime with no refunds.

SAFETY SIGN IN: Everyone will sign in before launching: your name, Emergency contact person and phone number. I realized if someone required 911, I do not know last names or who to call. This list is kept in my dry bag during the paddle, then shredded when I get home. Hopefully we will never have to use it.

If you have any questions please Text or call Sandy[masked]

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Paddlefest 2022 Safety paddler volunteers.

Needs a location

Please read all info for how to actually sign up for this event. You must go through contact via his email!

Paddlefest 2022 is now looking for Volunteers to be safety Kayakers. This is a fun opportunity to be on the water as extra eyes and ears for the largest Paddling event in the Midwest!

As a Volunteer you may camp and paddle for free. There is a catch - you must register, must be an experienced kayaker and you must work! What kind of work - watching for hazardous situations, looking for persons in trouble or need of medical attention, and answering questions from participants. This means that you have to sign in day of the event. If you sign up and do not sign in we will send you a bill for paddling. You are required to sign in day of event.
We do have fun!

You may work as a volunteer elsewhere for the event if you don't wish to paddle. Just let me know and I can hook you up with the info.

Your actual launch times will vary from the hours I posted here, but will be within the window of 6:45 AM to 8:30 AM. The goal is to have all paddlers off the river by 12:30 so you should not be out on the water past 1:00 PM and depending on launch time may be off the water earlier.

Required is a working cell phone - in a dry bag.

What you must do to be a Volunteer. Contact Tim Kling by email [masked] for screening and to get the registration code provided only to Volunteers, you must be registered! Then sit back and relax until closer to the event when we email needed info, have a safety meeting, and then finally enjoy the fun.

See you there

Tim Kling. [masked]

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.

SAFETY SIGN IN: Everyone will sign in before launching: your name, Emergency contact person and phone number. I realized if someone required 911, I do not know last names or who to call. This list is kept in my dry bag during the paddle, then shredded when I get home. Hopefully we will never have to use it. :D For this event it will by your paddlefest registration.

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New Richmond Cardboard Boat Regatta

Needs a location

Safety Spotters are needed on the water for the racers in this years Cardboard Boat Regatta. Your job, should you decide to accept it, is to patrol the length of the race course (150 yards) and render assistance to any racer who finds themselves in the water due to capsizing or trying for the Titanic Trophy!

Watch the races from your front row kayak seat. The Showboat Majestic will be moored at the end of the course.

Meet at the Augusta St. boat ramp at the east end of the New Richmond waterfront by 12:15. Be unloaded and ready to push off by 12:35, and on station by 12:50.

Bring plenty of water!

Paint Creek Lake Kayak, Hike and Camp!

Needs a location

$20.00

Details

Located amid the breathtaking scenery of the Paint Creek Valley, 5,652-acre Paint Creek State Park features a large, scenic lake.. The shoreline of the main body in the southern part of the lake is steep, with sheer limestone bluffs, and drops off rapidly to 30 feet of water. The limestone cliffs are prominent on the east side of the lake and up into the Paint Creek arm.
Cost $20 for coordinating & shuttles
Send payment to Sandra Steel P.O. Box 50 Blanchester, OH 45107
Will except Paypal, Venmo or Cash App. Send payment via family and friends or will not be accepted. paypal.me/steelbuster71 If using Venmo or Cash app please contact me.

CAMPING: Paint creek state park campgrounds. Everyone is responsible in booking their own campsite for this event. Get together with your camping Buddy and share a site. We will have nightly campfire gathers on site #158. Bring plenty of firewood! Musical instrument, drinks and a positive attitude. Campgrounds has PUT PUT and nice frisbee disc golf course!
THE PADDLE
We will be doing a FRIDAY EVENING PADDLE around 6:00pm meet up at site #158 we'll have a kayak parade!! Lots more paddles to be added! There is lots of hiking available as you are in the Arc of Appalachia and the old 7 Caves area! More to be announced for details on the Itinerary! We will be doing group meals as well as saturday dinner out at a local eatery. Friday lunch at Amish Jr. General store and Bakery!

SATURDAY MORNING PADDLE: We will meet up at 10:30 am at the Taylor Rd boat ramp right past the campgrounds.
DURATION: Expect to spend about 4 +/- hours on the water.
DIFFICULTY: This paddle is suitable for paddlers with flat 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 TO SEE: Birds, wildlife, waterfalls and rock cliffs.
RESTROOMS: Nearby in the campground.

FOOD: Please bring a lunch. We will have lunch on the water at a nice gravel bar halfway through the paddle.

EQUIPMENT:

  • A boat that tracks well would be ideal, but not necessary. This is a flat water paddle and a recreational boat will do well.

WHAT TO BRING: PFD REQUIRED / hat / water / sunscreen / bug spray / warm clothes / dry clothes / dry shoes / dry bag / towel and safety equipment. Be prepared. Camera!!

MAPS AND INFORMATION:
Paint Creek State Park:
https://ohiodnr.gov/wps/portal/gov/odnr/go-and-do/plan-a-visit/find-a-property/paint-creek-state-park

Paint Creek State Park Map:
https://ohiodnr.gov/static/documents/parks/parkmaps/paintcreekparkmap.pdf

CONDITIONS:
Beach Advisories http://publicapps.odh.ohio.gov/BeachGuardPublic/Default.aspx

Weather Bainbridge, OH
https://weather.com/weather/today/l/USOH0046:1:US

LIABILITY WAIVER REQUIRED
I will ask that you provide emergency contact information that will be destroyed after the paddle.

GUESTS: 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. All attendees are responsible for their own safety not holding any responsibility to the trip organizer. Trip Organizer has the right to refuse or reject someone from their trip at anytime with no refunds.

CANCELLATION: The paddles will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather or unsuitable water conditions.

SUNRISE/SUNSET
https://www.timeanddate.com

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East Fork 222 ramp near the Dam!

Needs a location

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