In the summer of social distancing, is there a better way to spend the day with a group of friends than heading out in some kayaks or canoes?
Cincinnati is lucky to have so many options when it comes to bodies of water that are perfect for canoeing and kayaking. The Little Miami, Great Miami, and Whitewater Rivers frame Cincinnati on the east and west sides, each with waters that are typically calm enough to spend the day in a canoe or kayak.
Hop aboard as the Cincinnati area canoe and kayak rental locations shuttle you and your flotation device of choice to a drop off point upriver. Then spend a few hours surrounded by some of the area’s best views while you paddle back to the starting point. Some spots will even shuttle personal canoes and kayaks if you choose to bring your own.
Please note that most places currently have some changes or extra restrictions in place regarding courses, dogs, and bringing your own canoe/kayak. Be sure to check online or give the location a call before heading out.
Here’s our list of 9 Canoe and Kayak Spots near Cincinnati
Morgan’s Canoe & Outdoor Adventures
Fort Ancient: 5701 St. Route OH-350, Oregonia, Ohio 45054
Riverside: 6262 Gilmour Road, Morrow, Ohio 45152
Brookville: 7040 Whitewater River Lane, Brookville, Indiana 47012
Morgan’s Canoe is a family operated livery that has been a staple in the Cincinnati canoeing scene for three generations. With locations all over the Cincinnati area, there’s sure to be a spot near you when you’re planning a day on the water.
If you want to make a weekend out of it, some Morgan’s locations offer camping and cabin rentals for an overnight outdoor adventure. Be sure to take advantage of their 2 day camp/canoe special!
Morgan’s Twilight Canoe & Dinner for 2 makes the perfect date night for couples who want to get outside. Take a 3-mile guided canoe trip down the Little Miami and then grab a bite of eat together at a steak and salmon cookout with live music.
Each spring, athletes gather for the Morgans Little Miami Triathlon to see who can come in first. The race includes a 6 mile paddle (canoe or kayak), 5.5 mile run, and an 18 mile bike ride.
Check out their website to see everything Morgan’s Canoe has to offer.
Green Acres Canoe & Kayak Rental
Location: 10465 Suspension Bridge Road, Harrison, Ohio 45030
Green Acres Canoe is a leisurely 8-mile adventure down the Whitewater River. The trip should take 3-4 hours, but we’d add some extra time to stop and relax at some of the beaches along the way.
Currently, you must reserve your spot online prior to visiting and visitors must be at least 13 years old.
Get more details for your visit at the Green Acres Canoe website.
Scenic River Canoe Excursions
Location: 4595 Round Bottom Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio 45244
Scenic River is “the perfect mix of rapids and relaxation” on the Little Miami River, just a few miles from Historic Old Milford. Plan some time to stop along the way at one of the river’s beaches or take a longer pitstop and grab some food and drinks at the Little Miami Brewing Company.
Currently, Scenic River is providing single person kayaks only and limited to Remington’s Run, an 8.5 mile canoe or kayak trip which should take 3-5 hours. Trips must be booked in advance online, and visitors must be 13 or older.
Check out the Scenic River website for more details or to make a reservation.
Tippecanoe and Kayaks Too
Location: 9630 Hamilton Cleves Pike Road (SR 128), Harrison, Ohio 45030
Take a trip down the only National Water Trail in Ohio. Tippecanoe and Kayaks Too offers one of the longest courses in the area, 17 and 25 mile trips down the Great Miami River (4 person minimum).
If you’re in the mood for something shorter, you can opt for a ~2 hour 5.6 mile trip. If you fall in love with the river (we have a feeling you might!) they even offer a season pass.
See all the details here.
Loveland Canoe & Kayak
Location: 174 Karl Brown Way, Loveland, Ohio 45140
Loveland is synonymous in the region with their bike trail, so it’s no surprise there are even more activities there for the outdoor enthusiast. Loveland Canoe & Kayak offers a scenic 5-mile trip along the Little Miami River with views of the historic Loveland Castle.
Can’t get enough of the Little Miami? Grab a season pass! If you’re really ready to take it to the next level, you can even buy a kayak for yourself at their shop.
Learn more about rentals, reservations, and season passes here.
River Dogs Paddle Sports
Location: 110 Ferry Street, Milford, Ohio 45150
Whether you’re heading out with skilled paddlers or you want to bring the kids along, River Dogs has options for all experience levels. You can pick from 4-mile and 8-mile adventures, both with some beautiful river views.
Stick to just the water, or make a day of it and visit nearby Historic Old Milford, the Little Miami Scenic Bike Trail, and the Valley View Nature Preserve. Spend a whole weekend exploring with a combo pack, which includes camping at Lake Isabella Park.
Get more details and plan your visit here.
Little Miami Canoe Rental
Oregonia: 225 Corwin Road, Oregonia, Ohio 45054
Morrow (10 miles from Kings Island): 219 Mill Street (St Rt 123), Morrow, Ohio 45152
Little Miami Canoe Rental has the widest selection of canoe trips in the area, split between their 2 locations. The Oregonia site has 2, 8, 10, and 18 mile excursions, and Morrow has 6, 10, and 18 mile trips on the Little Miami River.
Bring a tent along to the Morrow location and spend the night along the river at a primitive camping spot. Campsites include grills, restrooms, and showers but do not have electricity.
Grab all the details on their website.
Fifty West Canoe & Kayak
Location: 7605 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati, Ohio 45227
Fifty West is typically one of our favorite spots to grab a beer at the production facility, hang out outside, play some sand volleyball, grab a bike at Fifty West Cycling, or rent a canoe or kayak and head out for a day on the Little Miami River but….
Winton Woods Boathouse
Location: 10245 Winton Road, Springfield Township, Ohio 45231
If you’re looking for calmer waters, you can rent a kayak or canoe at the Winton Woods Harbor Boathouse at an hourly rate. Paddle around for an hour or two, then spend the rest of your day exploring the 2,555 acre park. Winton Woods has 2.6 miles of paved trails, Parky’s Farm, and one of the best campgrounds in the area.
See more details here.