Paddler’s Party for a Cause

Friday, August 5 
4:00 – 9:00 pm
Schmidt Recreation Complex
2944 Humbert Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45226
Boat Drop Off – Registration and Packet Pick-Up – Food Trucks – Craft Beer (Blank Slate) – Gear Swap – Raffle – Silent Auction – Free Parking  – Live Music
Friday Night Band Line Up
Dave Nutt and Mike Holmes
Talk Mouth
China Catz
Night Owls


Saturday, August 6
6:00 am – 12:00 pm
Schmidt Recreation Complex
2944 Humbert Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45204

Finish Line Festival

Saturday, August 6
9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Gilday Riverside Park
3540 Southside Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45204








15th Annual Ohio River Paddlefest

Paddle for a Cause While Experiencing the Majesty of the Ohio!

Saturday, August 6, 2016 – Cincinnati, Ohio

Registration Now Open!

Register online or click here to download a mail-in registration form     

Mike Fremont – Paddlefest Commodore

Mike Fremont with wife Marilyn Wall and 2015 Paddlefest Race Director Doug King

Mike Fremont, 94, is a co-founder of Paddlefest and an avid canoe racer and marathon runner.  He holds the world record for the fastest full marathon for runners ages 88 and 90 and the fastest half marathon runners ages 90, 91 and 92. Mike is a founder of American Rivers, Mill Creek Restoration Project (now Groundwork Cincinnati) and Rivers Unlimited.  Mike will be competing in the US Canoe Association’s National Championship on August 12 on the Connecticut River!

Paddefest In the News!

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Limited Rentals Remain, So Register Now!

Email to be placed on the Waiting List for a canoe.

Thanks to our Livery Partners, Paddlefest has over 300 rental boats available.

Kayaks Remaining

Limited Availability

Email to check availability and reserve a boat

Canoes Sold Out

Email to be placed on the Waiting List for a canoe 

Join us for America’s largest paddling trip! Help us raise money for Outdoor Adventure Clubs of Greater Cincinnati (see below) as you paddle our new 8.9 mile course from Schmidt Recreation Complex to Gilday Riverside Park.

  • Chill out at our Paddler’s Party for a Cause on Friday, August 5 at Schmidt Recreation Complex
  • Paddle under all 7 bridges as you go down 9 miles of the Ohio on Saturday, August 6
  • View the entire downtown skyline.
  • Explore the Licking River & the Mill Creek (to the barrier dam).
  • Relax at the Covington, KY Half Way Celebration.
  • See the “working river” up close.
  • Enjoy the Finish Line Festival at Gilday Riverside Park with food trucks, beer, music & vendors.
  • Camp Friday, August 5 at Schmidt Recreation Complex.
  • Bring your dog or ride your bike.
  • Enjoy the FREE parking (courtesy of Subaru), easy boat drop off & pick up and the speedy shuttle bus ride back to your vehicle.

If the Coast Guard deems the waters unsafe on August 6, Paddlefest will be rescheduled for the following Saturday, August 13.

Paddlefest proceeds benefit OAC

Getting urban teens out into nature!

TheOAC-LOGO Ohio River Paddlefest is being sponsored by Outdoor Adventure Clubs of Greater Cincinnati, a non-profit organization connecting inner city teens to nature and the outdoors year round.  Paddlefest proceeds will support the work of OACGC in 20 area high schools in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.  For more information about Outdoor Adventure Clubs of Greater Cincinnati, go to and visit us on Facebook.


Paddlefest Photo Library

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Our Photo Library contains hundreds of photos from previous Paddlefest events. See if you can find yourself!See Library