• River Access Van Tour: Great Miami River

    Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark

    Join Five Rivers MetroParks for a driving tour, stopping at different river access points along the Great Miami River to help plan your next paddling adventure.

  • River Access Van Tour: Mad River and River Runs

    Eastwood MetroPark

    Join Five Rivers MetroParks for a driving tour, exploring river access points along the Mad River from Eastwood MetroPark to downtown to help plan your next paddling adventure. We’ll check out the new River Run features along the way. Cost $5. Registration required. For more information and to register go to https://www.metroparks.org/programs-events-finder/?program_number=A163&api=programs&type=program

  • Great Miami Riverway Summit

    Hobart Arena

    If you are a community leader, real estate developer, marketer, tourism professional, or business owner; if you are interested in the Great Miami River, our region's economic development, and creating regional partnerships, we look forward to seeing you at the 2019 Great Miami Riverway Summit, presented by The Troy Foundation. We are welcoming Kaiti Jacobson, Manager of Industry Partnerships, from Colorado Tourism as this year's keynote speaker. With the participation of a new Regional Branding Task Force, the Colorado Tourism Office selected an internationally renowned place-branding agency, Destination Think!, to shape and brand new travel regions in 2018. Kaiti will talk us through this process and provide tips and insights into regional branding initiatives. What’s on the agenda? - Guest panels and expert speakers on tourism, recreation, and economic development - Showcase of 2018 achievements and 2019 programs - Learning how to bring the Riverway brand into your community, organization, or business - Engaging in discussions on how to use and access the Great Miami River and its trails - Lunch is provided thanks to The Troy Foundation General Admission payments must be submitted through Eventbrite. No payments will be taken at the door. Contact Elizabeth [masked] if you require an invoice. Tickets are $15.00 and available at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-great-miami-riverway-summit-tickets-50278426126?aff=ehomecard

  • Countryside YMCA Roll Lessons / Practice (Last Session until June 23)

    Demo video link https://youtu.be/Xo7jiBI8JaQ Bill is back!!!! He and his crew are teaching rolling to up to 6 new students each week. New students pay $75 for the first session only. You learn using his equipment. After that, each session is $10, to cover the YMCA fee. For those of you that have been trained to roll with Bill Cacciolfi, the Lebanon pool will be available for kayak roll practice. Please pay Kathy Peterson the fee of $10 before putting your clean boat in the pool no earlier than 2:00 pm. Please bring exact change. The pool deck must be cleared by 5:15.  PS. This meet up is just an FYI. Signing up here does NOT give you access. Fees collected when you arrive. Bring a clean boat. I suggest letting Bill know via email if you plan to attend practice, just so he knows what to expect. Show up with a clean boat (smaller boats are easier to accommodate per Ms. Peterson), and exactly $10.00. I am posting this to get the word out to your group. Here is Bill's notice re-posted at his request. New Paddlers must contact Bill to secure a new student slot. From Bill...... Hi. I’ll be opening up pool practice for roll lessons again on Sundays at 2:00 to 5:15. if your a river veteran come use the pool for $10 bring your equipment , new students are $75 I provide 2 boats to learn skirt paddle and the all important dive mask, if you have your own bring it , also bring your boat, I just use mine a a teacher boat. Please pass this notice to all Paddle Rec sites and clubs please to help spread the word, Thanks see you in the pool Bill Cacciolfi New World Expeditions 830 Xenia Ave Yellow Springs Ohio[masked] [masked] George Davis[masked] [masked]

  • Kayak Twin Creek from Rt 123 to Carmody Park - 4.4 miles

    TC 5.4 SR 123 Bridge Boat Launch

    This 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. This is a cold water paddle. Be knowledgeable about hypothermia risk. THE PADDLE We will paddle 4.4 miles from Route 123 [TC 5.4] bridge near Germantown, Ohio to the take out at Carmody Park (Martz-Paulin Road) (Warren County Park District) [TC 1.0] at Carlisle, 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 Route 123 [TC 5.4] bridge near Germantown, Ohio and prepare our boats for launch. If you can arrive at 5 PM, please do so and we can begin shuttling and try to get everyone on the water ASAP. If you are running late, please call. I will provide my cell number once RSVP's close. • Start We will push off from the shoreline at 6:15 PM • Finish We should be out of the water 7:45 PM (Sunset: 8:11 pm) Bring a light in the chance we are running late. • Duration Expect to spend about 1.5 hours on the water • Pace We will take a leisurely paddle giving plenty of time for camera opportunities • Distance This paddle is 4.4 miles + or - • Difficulty This paddle is suitable for paddlers with moving water experience. 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. This is the first time I have paddled this section this year. • What You See Old railroad bridges, beautiful forests, wildlife, more • Restrooms None • Food Bring water and snacks. •-Equipment A boat that tracks well would be ideal, but not necessary. A bit flatter or non-ridged hull is better (cross-over). • What to Bring - PFD required! - Spare change of dry clothes in a dry bag required! - Dry suit or dry top/bottom combo highly recommended. - Headlamp or other source of nighttime illumination. - Safety equipment (throw bags, ect. if you have them) - Bring a towel as to respect the vehicle owner in which you share a shuttle in a dry bag. - Wheels for your kayak if you have them as the take out is a bit of a walk to your vehicle. 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. With that said, if you are an adventurous type, have moving water kayak experience, and would like to visit this rarely paddled gem, read on... POST PADDLE GRUB TJ Chumps - Miamisburg MAPS AND INFORMATION Put In: Route 123 [TC 5.4] bridge 9401 Carlisle Pike, Germantown, OH[masked]https://goo.gl/maps/DkMm9PQGHAr Take Out: Carmody Park Lower Twin Creek Park Nature Preserve Martz-Paulin Rd, Franklin, OH 4500 https://goo.gl/maps/NJxDuwcTRGG2 WEATHER 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: 7:06am Sunset: 8:11pm http://www.sunrisesunset.com/ USGC Gauge USGS[masked] Twin Creek near Germantown OH (http://waterdata.usgs.gov/oh/nwis/uv?site_no=03272000) NOAA Advanced Hydrological Prediction - Twin Creek (http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=iln&gage=gero1) 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. 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. 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 do not attend this or any Ohio Paddler event. 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. COLD WATER IMMERSION and HYPOTHERMIA Sudden immersion in cold water can be deadly. The initial “cold shock” can cause immediate, involuntary gasping, hyperventilation, panic, and vertigo – all of which can result in water inhalation and drowning. It can also cause sudden changes in blood pressure, heart rate, and heart rhythm that also may result in death. The longer you are immersed in cold water, the harder it is to control your body. Manual dexterity and coordination deteriorate rapidly, and within 30 minutes, hypothermia (cooling of the body’s core temperature) can begin. Loss of consciousness and death with or without drowning can result. The best prevention for cold water immersion is to take all measures to avoid capsizing your boat. Keep your life-jacket securely fastened to help keep your head above water if you fall overboard. You don’t have to be submerged to succumb to hypothermia – wind chill, rain, and perspiration can contribute to the condition. Uncontrollable shivering, slurred speech, and lack of coordination are early symptoms. To guard against hypothermia, dress in layers using materials that wick moisture away and retain heat, such as silk, polypropylene, fleece, and wool. Every boater should be able to recognize and know how to treat hypothermia. ADDITIONAL SAFETY TIPS • Never boat alone. • Dress for the water temperature. Bring an extra change of clothing with you in a waterproof bag. Pack your cell phone in this bag. • Neoprene shoes or tennis shoes with woolen socks are recommended footwear. • Do not attempt to stand or walk in swift water. • Be prepared to swim. If the water looks too hazardous to swim, then don’t boat on it! • Never boat over lowhead dams. • Portage (carry your boat around) any section of water about which you feel uncertain. • If you capsize, hold onto your boat unless it presents a life-threatening situation. If floating in current, position yourself on the upstream side of the capsized boat. • Carry plenty of drinking water. • Avoid overexertion and guard against extreme weather

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  • River Access Van Tour: Twin Creek

    6910 Boomershine Rd

    Join Five Rivers MetroParks for a driving tour, stopping at different river access points along the Twin Creek to help plan your next paddling adventure. Cost $5. Registration is required. For more information and to register go to https://www.metroparks.org/programs-events-finder/?program_number=A155&api=programs&type=program

  • Lake Paddle: Caesar Creek (COLD WATER PADDLE)

    Caesars Creek North Pool Hand Launch Boat Ramp

    Join me for my maiden Voyage in my new sea kayak by Wilderness Systems, Zephyr 160. Will be rolling to test it. Excited! Get out and enjoy the peaceful lake. ****COLD WATER PADDLE**** Water temperature will be 51 to 52 F. A drysuit is HIGHLY recommended, although wetsuits that are 5mm thick on the core also work. We will meet promptly at 5:30 pm and unload boats at the hand launch. This will be a cold water paddle. Lake and/or air temps will make hypothermia an issue. You MUST be dressed appropriately and prepared for the event that you enter the water. Must have dry clothes, dry shoes, dry towels, dry bag. DRY SUIT or COLD WATER WET SUIT will be REQUIRED. Bring hat, gloves, long underwear. **Emergency contact information will be required.** ****COLD WATER PADDLE**** JOKE: Why can't dinosaurs clap their hands? (Ask me when you see me) START: We will push off from the shoreline no later than 6 PM. FINISH: We should be out of the water 7:30 PM + or -. DURATION: Expect to spend about 2+ hours on the water. DIFFICULTY: Because of the COLD WATER this is a technical paddle. This paddle is suitable for paddlers with flat water experience. WHAT TO SEE: Birds, wildlife and the beautiful quiet of sunset. RESTROOMS: Available at boat ramp parking lot. FOOD: water and snacks. 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. Night lights for kayak visibility WHAT TO BRING: PFD / dry suit/ hat / water / warm clothes / dry clothes / dry shoes / dry bag / towel and safety equipment. Be prepared. WATER CONDITIONS: TEMP: https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?site_no=03242350 WEATHER: http://www.weather.com/weather/today/USOH1014:1 MAPS AND INFORMATION: Caesar Creek State Park Map http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/Portals/parks/PDFs/parks/Maps/Caesar_Creek/caesarcreekparkmap.pdf CANCELLATION: This paddle will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather or unsuitable water conditions. SUNSET: 8:09 PM 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.

  • River Access Van Tour: Great Miami River

    Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark

    Join Five Rivers MetroParks for a driving tour, stopping at different river access points along the Great Miami River to help plan your next paddling adventure. Cost $5. Registration is required. For more information and to register go to https://www.metroparks.org/programs-events-finder/?program_number=A160&api=programs&type=program

  • Countryside YMCA Roll Lessons / Practice

    Countryside YMCA

    Demo video link https://youtu.be/Xo7jiBI8JaQ Bill is back!!!! He and his crew are teaching rolling to up to 6 new students each week. New students pay $75 for the first session only. You learn using his equipment. After that, each session is $10, to cover the YMCA fee. For those of you that have been trained to roll with Bill Cacciolfi, the Lebanon pool will be available for kayak roll practice. Please pay Kathy Peterson the fee of $10 before putting your clean boat in the pool no earlier than 2:00 pm. Please bring exact change. The pool deck must be cleared by 5:15.  PS. This meet up is just an FYI. Signing up here does NOT give you access. Fees collected when you arrive. Bring a clean boat. I suggest letting Bill know via email if you plan to attend practice, just so he knows what to expect. Show up with a clean boat (smaller boats are easier to accommodate per Ms. Peterson), and exactly $10.00. I am posting this to get the word out to your group. Here is Bill's notice re-posted at his request. New Paddlers must contact Bill to secure a new student slot. From Bill...... Hi. I’ll be opening up pool practice for roll lessons again on Sundays at 2:00 to 5:15. if your a river veteran come use the pool for $10 bring your equipment , new students are $75 I provide 2 boats to learn skirt paddle and the all important dive mask, if you have your own bring it , also bring your boat, I just use mine a a teacher boat. Please pass this notice to all Paddle Rec sites and clubs please to help spread the word, Thanks see you in the pool Bill Cacciolfi New World Expeditions 830 Xenia Ave Yellow Springs Ohio[masked] [masked] George Davis[masked] [masked]

  • River Access Van Tour: Twin Creek

    6910 Boomershine Rd

    Join Five Rivers MetroParks for a driving tour, stopping at different river access points along the Twin Creek to help plan your next paddling adventure. Cost $5. Registration is required. For more information or to register go to: https://www.metroparks.org/programs-events-finder/?program_number=A153&api=programs&type=program