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Welcome to the group that paddles Ohio‘s, rivers and creeks. If you enjoy paddling moving water (and some lakes too), this is the group for you! Keep in mind that paddling in moving water involves more inherent risk than paddling still water. Because of this, some paddles may not be appropriate for new or beginner paddlers. You must read and accept our release of liability prior to joining or attending any event. Now, lets go paddling!

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Upcoming events (5+)

Memorial Day Weekend Paddling, Camping and Hiking - Rentals Available!

Enjoy Memorial Day 2019 padding Sugar Creek through Shades State Park and Turkey Run State Park in western Indiana. THE CAMPING We will stay at beautiful Shades State Park. These are non-electric sites, but the campground does have toilets , bath house, etc.. Follow this link for campground details: https://indianastateparks.reserveamerica.com/camping/shades-state-park/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=IN&parkId=570030 The reservation booking window opens Mon Feb[masked]. When staying overnight, you will be required to pay the $9 entrance fee the first time you enter and your receipt will serve as your in/out pass the remainder of your stay. Book your campsite today, I will add additional trip information soon. OUR PADDLE Our trip is on Sunday and starts at Deer's Mill covered bridge and meanders through Shades State Park and Turkey Run State Park. You will float through deep canyons, beneath historic covered bridges, and maybe catch a glimpse of a Bald Eagle. Islands and beaches offer serene spots for picnicking, and looking for fossils and Indian relics. Winding through the heart of Parke County Covered Bridge Country, this trip is, no doubt, the most scenic in the Midwest. After 15 miles the trip ends at Cox Ford Covered Bridge. Depending on water level this trip typically takes *6 hours. For those that are renting boats, please use the following link: 1. http://www.clementscanoes.com/Pages/deersmill_livery.htm 2. Choose Trip 2 - Lower Scenic 15-Mile Scenic Trip 3. Choose Sunday May 26th 4. Choose 9:00 AM 5. $45.00 for a kayak and $45.00 for a canoe (2 people) This is a 15 mile trip on the lower Sugar Creek that goes through Shades and Turkey Run State Parks. It ends at Cox's Ford Covered Bridge, this trip typically takes 6 hours depending on water levels. I would reserve early as this is a Holiday weekend and I suspect the rentals will go quickly. Those with your own boats, we will self-shuttle. American Whitewater River Information (gauge reference) https://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River/detail/id/3749/ (section further north of the section we plan to paddle) SECONDARY PADDLE (CLASS II) INDIAN CREEK Depending on flow rates, I may add this to my weekend: https://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River/detail/id/3750/ A scenic reach through sandstone 'mini-gorge' known as the Devil's Backbone (in Shades State Park). LIABILITY WAIVER REQUIRED I am not your guide and as such I am not responsible for you or anyone that attends this event. I am simply a friend that is sharing shuttling logistics and an opportunity of possibility of making some new paddling friends. To attend this event you must have answered "Yes" in your profile to acknowledge you acceptance of the ACCIDENT WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY (http://www.meetup.com/movingwater/pages/ACCIDENT_WAIVER_AND_RELEASE_OF_LIABILITY) located on this site. Additionally, your attendance to this event is an acknowledgement that you have read and agree to the ACCIDENT WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY. If you do not accept these conditions we ask that you do not attend this or any Ohio Paddler event. Please update your profile to indicate your acceptance of the risk prior to the paddle. I love you guys, but I love my family more. Additionally, I may 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 or unsuitable river conditions. 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.

Stillwater River - West Milton to Englewood Dam - 9 Miles - Rentals Available!

PENDING ADDITIONAL INFORMATION THE PADDLE A 9 mile trip from the WM park to the Englewood Dam. For those with their own boats, we will self shuttle. For Rentals. the cost is $45 for 2 ppl in a canoe , $30 for a kayak. http://barefootcanoe.com/services PLEASE NOTE: This is the first time I have attempted to paddle this waterway (ever) and as such, there may be strainers, and obstacles that may require portage. With that said, if you are an adventurous type, read on... • Start We will push off from the shoreline at 10:15 AM • Finish We should be out of the water 2:00 PM + or - • Duration Expect to spend about 4 hours on the water • Pace We will take a leisurely paddle giving plenty of time for camera opportunities • Distance This paddle is 9 miles + or - • Difficulty This paddle is suitable for beginner paddlers. You must be 18 years of age or older and sign the liability waiver. Its not a hard paddle, however their are obstacles to maneuver. • What You See An abundance of interesting wildlife: deer, rabbit, squirrel, pleated woodpecker, mallard duck, wood ducks, Canadian geese, blue heron, king fisher, etc. • Restrooms At the put in and take out and there are two additional parks along the way. With that being said, still come prepared for alternate bio breaks. • Food Bring water, snacks and your lunch. We may have dinner locally after the paddle for those interested (see below). •-Equipment A boat that tracks well would be ideal, but not necessary. There are some spots that you will need to get out of the boat and pull over the shallow spots. A bit flatter or non-ridged hull is better. • What to Bring Wearing a PFD is required - Also bring, dry clothes, dry shoes, and safety equipment. *Bring a towel as to respect the vehicle owner in which you share a shuttle. MAPS Still Water River Map: https://www.mcdwater.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/MCD-StillwaterRiver-Map-2015.pdf GAUGES[masked] Stillwater River at Pleasant Hill OH (2.5'-3' and 300 CFS on 3/9/2018)[masked] Stillwater River at Englewood OH (3.75'-4' and 450 CFS on 3/9/2018) https://waterdata.usgs.gov/oh/nwis/current/?type=flow DIRECTIONS Put In: SW 17.4 West Milton Municipal Park City of West Milton (access river right) Take Out: (9 miles) SW 09.5 Englewood MetroPark Five Rivers Metro Park (access river right) Lienesch Drive CANCELLATION This paddle will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather or unsuitable river conditions. 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. LIABILITY WAIVER REQUIRED I am not your guide and as such I am not responsible for you or anyone that attends this event. I am simply a friend that is sharing shuttling logistics and an opportunity of possibility of making some new paddling friends. To attend this event you must have answered "Yes" in your profile to acknowledge you acceptance of the ACCIDENT WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY (http://www.meetup.com/movingwater/pages/ACCIDENT_WAIVER_AND_RELEASE_OF_LIABILITY) located on this site.

Paddle Greenville Creek - Alice Bish Park to Bear's Mill -6 miles!

Join us on a scenic paddle of Greenville Creek, an Ohio Scenic River, from Alice Bish Park to Bear's Mill. THE PADDLE We will paddle 6 miles from Alice Bish Park in Greenville, Ohio to the take at Bear's Mill near Greenville, 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. We will meet at Alice Bish Park and prepare our boats for launch. Plan to arrive 15-20 minutes before. If you are running late, please call. I will provide my cell number once RSVP's close. PLEASE NOTE: This is the first time I have attempted to paddle this waterway this year and as such, there may be strainers, and obstacles that may require portage. We are looking for a stream flow of approximately[masked] cfs for an optimum paddle. With that said, if you are an adventurous type, read on... • Start We will push off from the shoreline at 10:15 AM • Finish We should be out of the water 1:00 PM • Duration Expect to spend about 3 hours on the water • Pace We will take a leisurely paddle giving plenty of time for camera opportunities • Distance This paddle is 6.1 miles + or - • Difficulty This paddle is suitable for beginner paddlers. You must be 18 years of age or older and sign the liability waiver. Its not a hard paddle, however their are obstacles to maneuver. • What You See An abundance of interesting wildlife: deer, rabbit, squirrel, pleated woodpecker, mallard duck, wood ducks, Canadian geese, blue heron, king fisher, etc. • Restrooms Located at both the the boat launch and the boat take out area • Food Bring water and snacks. We may have dinner locally after the paddle for those interested. •-Equipment A boat that tracks well would be ideal, but not necessary. There are some spots that you will need to get out of the boat and pull over the shallow spots. A bit flatter or non-ridged hull is better. • What to Bring Wearing a PFD is Required - Also bring, dry clothes, dry shoes, and safety equipment. Food and water. *Bring a towel as to respect the vehicle owner in which you share a shuttle. MAPS AND INFORMATION Greenville Creek Paddling Map [pdf 1.0Mb] (http://watercraft.ohiodnr.gov/portals/watercraft/pdfs/maps/western/GreenvilleCreek.pdf) NOAA Hourly (http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=39.7569&lon=-84.6365&unit=0&lg=english&FcstType=graphical)Forecast Accuweather Minutecast (http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/germantown-oh/45327/minute-weather-forecast/2238686) Lightning Maps (http://www.lightningmaps.org/blitzortung/america/index.php?lang=en) SUNRISE/SUNSET Sunrise: 6:33am Sunset: 8:38pm http://www.sunrisesunset.com/ GUAGES USGC - Greenville Creek near Bradford OH[masked] (https://waterdata.usgs.gov/oh/nwis/uv/?site_no=03264000&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060,00010) American Whitewater - Greenville Creek - Greenville Falls to Stillwater River (http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River/detail/id/10526/#rapid101625) (note: we are not running this section) POST PADDLE VISIT TO BEAR'S MILL We will visit Bear's Mill at the take-out and likely see a demonstration/tour o the mill's operations POST PADDLE GRUB Tolly's Gastro Pub 644 Wagner Ave. Greenville, OH[masked]https://www.tollysgastropub.us/ LIABILITY WAIVER REQUIRED I am not your guide and as such I am not responsible for you or anyone that attends this event. I am simply a friend that is sharing shuttling logistics and an opportunity of possibility of making some new paddling friends. To attend this event you must have answered "Yes" in your profile to acknowledge you acceptance of the ACCIDENT WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY (http://www.meetup.com/movingwater/pages/ACCIDENT_WAIVER_AND_RELEASE_OF_LIABILITY) located on this site. Additionally, your attendance to this event is an acknowledgement that you have read and agree to the ACCIDENT WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY (http://www.meetup.com/movingwater/pages/ACCIDENT_WAIVER_AND_RELEASE_OF_LIABILITY). If you do not accept these conditions we ask that you do not attend this or any Ohio Paddler event. Please update your profile to indicate your acceptance of the risk prior to the paddle. I love you guys, but I love my family more. Additionally, I may 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 or unsuitable river conditions. 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. PADDLE REPORTS https://paddling.com/reports/greenville-creek-in-ohio/ DIRECTIONS Put-In: Alice Bish Canoe Launch (https://www.google.com/maps/place/398+N+Ohio+St,+Greenville,+OH+45331/@40.1039113,-84.6194834,101m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x883feb586b1bee61:0x12b7b9ba0ffd4c74!8m2!3d40.1037897!4d-84.6179082) - Take Out:Bear's Mill (https://goo.gl/maps/1xjqsmJ8t8G2) Shuttle Time: 7 minutes drive time between locations AREA INFORMATION - Bear's Mill - Greenville, Ohio Bear's Mill rests in the woods along Greenville Creek. Opened in 1849, Bear's Mill is one of the few water-powered flour mills still operating in Ohio. Currently managed by the Friends of Bear's Mill, the mill serves as a combination working gristmill, museum, and art gallery. Since 1975, Bear's Mill has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places and, just this year, Bear's Mill was named the best Historical Site in Ohio by Ohio Magazine. The original owner of the mill, Gabriel Baer, imported buhr grindstones from France, which are still in use today. The stones coarsely grind wheat, corn, spelt, and buckwheat. Stone grinding preserves many of the nutrients in the grain, which are destroyed by modern milling processes. The stone-ground flours and meal produced at the mill, as well as baked goods made from Bear's Mill flours, gourmet foods, and kitchenware are available at the Mill Store. The Mill Gallery displays artwork by Ohio Valley artists. The Mill Potters also have gorgeous handmade pottery on display and available for purchase. Visitors to Bear's Mill can tour all four floors of the building, learn the history of the area, and discover how the mill operates. The beautiful wooded grounds allow visitors to view wildlife and the nearby dam on Greenville Creek. Public art receptions, open houses, and holiday candlelight walks are offered yearly. Bear's Mill has something for everyone, whether visitors are interested in history, local food, farming, or art. (Courtney Denning) https://youtu.be/dsZUdXRLZHU http://BearsMill.org (http://bearsmill.org/) 6450 Arcanum-Bears Mill Road, Greenville, OH[masked] Hours of Operation January–March: Thur–Sat 11am–5pm; Sun 1pm–5pm April–December: Tues–Sat 11am–5pm; Sun 1pm–5pm Grinding demonstrations on Saturday at 2pm

Swiftwater Rescue for Paddlers

Eastwood MetroPark

This is a Five Rivers MetroParks program and registration is required. To register go to https://www.metroparks.org/programs-events-finder/?program_number=A166&api=programs&type=program or call (937)[masked]. This 2-day Swiftwater Rescue workshop teaches recognition and avoidance of common river hazards, execution of self-rescue techniques, and rescue techniques for paddlers in distress. Emphasis is placed both on personal safety and on simple, commonly used skills. Techniques for dealing with hazards that carry greater risks for both victim and rescuer, such as strainers, rescue vest applications, entrapments, and pins, are also practiced. Scenarios will provide an opportunity for participants to practice their skills both individually and within a team/group context. Ideally, students should be able to competently maneuver their craft in at least class II whitewater. However all boaters, and non-boaters with an interest in swiftwater rescue (e.g., professional rescuers), will benefit from the class. Participants should be in good health and overall fitness, possess solid swimming ability, and be comfortable swimming in moving current during river drills. Participants should dress appropriately for weather and temperature and expect to be in the water for extended periods of time. Taught by Mike Mather - ACA Safety & Rescue Instructor Trainer Educator, Rescue 3 Rope, Swiftwater, Boat Operations & PWC Instructor Trainer. With more than 20 years of bad judgment on and in the water, Mike Mather is one of the more experienced and entertaining rescue professionals in the industry. Having taught courses all over the U.S. and in Europe, Mike has an unconventional approach to his topics. He excels at keeping topics clear, accessible and applicable for rescue professionals, experienced boaters and novices alike. Whitewater gold medalist Kent Ford described Mike as a "highly skilled person, with a valuable set of skills, including guiding, guide training and broad national experience in swiftwater rescue. His experience level is truly unique on a national level.” A few of the teams Mike has trained to date include: USN Seals, USAF PJs, San Diego lifeguards, Los Angeles lifeguards, FDNY, Eagle County Colorado FD, etc. Mike worked with Horst Fürsattel, the inventor of the rescue PFD in Germany, and tested the rescue harness by having the class haul him up an 8-foot ledge. Mike played the role of the entrapped victim in the film "Heads Up” multiple times and in one instance the rope snagged on the river bottom entrapping him for real. According to some of his peers he is the "Houdini” of swiftwater rescue! http://www.matherrescue.com/

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