Canoeing/Kayaking

Canoegrass Is Back!

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Canoegrass is a weekend celebration of bluegrass music, the best of the human spirit and river life. The banks of the Great Miami River will come alive with the best entertainers in the region.  This isn’t your ordinary festival. Get ready to get wet, wild and jam all weekeBring a friend, a cooler, camp and celebrate the river life at Adventures on the Great Miami.  By the end of weekend, everyone will be yelling “Take a Drink a Beer” … [Read more...]



Mad River Run Grand Opening Monday

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 A grand opening event will be held for the Mad  River Run at Eastwood MetroPark at 12:30 p.m. Monday, May 5. Enter at 1385 Harshman Road.   Part conservation, part recreation, the Mad River Run includes a kayak and canoe whitewater feature in the Mad River, river access points, and an area for observing paddlers or just enjoying the river. Construction was funded in part by a $100,000 donation from the Rotary Club of Dayton. Members will celebrate and commemorate the Mad River Run during the grand opening.   “The Rotary Club of Dayton is excited to support this new … [Read more...]



Paddle Faster, I Hear Bluegrass

CanoegrassBand

Six weeks ago Tom Helbig cooked up this idea for a festival called canoegrass! Things have happened quickly: he built a website, created a logo, built a floating stage, started a  Facebook page, booked 8 musicians, made t-shirts, ordered beer and ticket sales have started for the Aug 16-17 festival. Tom is quick to credit help from his friends that have helped turn his dream into a reality and invites you  to join the fun. Tom also shared this will be a family friendly event. Canoegrass will be a weekend celebration of bluegrass music, the best of the human spirit and river life. The … [Read more...]



Kayak For A Cure

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Join Great Miami Outfitters and the Miami Valley Region in our fight against cancer by kayaking for a cure on Saturday, Aug 10th.   Funds raised through Kayak for a Cure – Dayton are donated to American Cancer Society (ACS) whose mission is to eradicate cancer and enhance the quality of life for people living with cancer. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. An experienced kayaker will paddle with each group of six (6) paddlers. Participating paddlers must be at least 16 years of age or older, and minors under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. We encourage participants to bring … [Read more...]



SUP on the water this summer!

SUPing in Dayton (ok, this isn't Dayton but you get the picture)

The increasingly popular sport of stand up paddleboarding (SUP) is sweeping the Miami Valley.  Cruising around local waterways is fun and easy to get out and play on the water for all ages. You can paddle anything from lakes and rivers to the ocean—no waves required. Anyone who has been on a SUP can tell you it is an amazing full body workout and provides an excellent cross-training activity for skiers, snowboarders, cyclists, runners and other athletes. While standing up you all get a new perspective and view of the natural surrounding you might not get while sitting down. It's almost like … [Read more...]



A Little (Miami River) group makes a big difference

Are you telling me you don't see government officials riding poles down the river everyday?

Do you know the Little Miami River Keepers? They have a great story of a simple initiative among neighbors that has grown into a major volunteer project attracting national attention. And - they need your help with a simple click. The River Keepers are in the running for a grant from Tom's of Maine - if they end up in the top 6 (currently they're at 13, so you need to get clickin'), they will receive some much needed funding. Click here to vote for them. Learn more about why below. I spoke to River Keepers Founder Steve Knopp and Barry Tiffany, Sugarcreek Township Administrator and … [Read more...]



Completing the River – Downtown Dayton Game Changer

Riverscape Phase IV Proposal

Over the past ten years, Dayton has been bringing people back to the shores of our rivers (Great Miami River, Mad River, Stillwater River, Wolf Creek and Twin Creek) with the ongoing development of Riverscape.  Phase I/II was completed in 2001/2003 and Phase III was completed last summer with the addition of a permanent covered pavilion, new ice skating rink and bike hub.  It would be easy to assume that the project is now complete but Five Rivers MetroParks is still not done, and they now have their sights set IN the river itself. On any given summer day, one can see a paddler or two in … [Read more...]



DIY, Riverscape-style

Outrageous River Derby

A century ago, Orville and Wilbur Wright looked at their bicycles and said, "I think we might be able to fly these things." Today, some hearty fellow Daytonians followed in their footsteps, sort of. They looked at piles of debris and said, "I think I can row this." And then they tried. At Riverscape, in the shadow of the Engineers Club and a statue of the Wright Brothers taking flight, we watched do-it-youselfers take part in Dayton's Outrageous River Derby. If I heard emcee Commodore Jim Bucher of WDTN Channel 2 correctly, this was the 14th one. But it was my first, and it turned … [Read more...]