15th Annual Ohio River Paddlefest

Experience the Majesty of the Ohio, Paddle it!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Cincinnati, Ohio

Registration Now Open!

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

Limited Rentals Remain, So Register Now!

Kayaks Remaining


Canoes Remaining


Join us for America’s largest paddling trip! You’ll love our New Course:  8.9 miles from Schmidt Recreation Complex to Gilday Riverside Park.

  • Paddle under all 6 bridges.
  • 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 with food trucks, beer, music & vendors.
  • Riverside camping at Schmidt Recreation Complex available on Friday, August 5.
  • Bike & dog friendly!
  • Enjoy the FREE parking, easy boat drop off & pick up and the speedy shuttle bus ride back to your vehicle.

*Note: SUP & Canoe/Kayak races have yet to be determined for this year’s Paddlefest.

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

2016 sponsors coming soon!



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

Paddlefest proceeds benefit OAC

TheOAC-LOGO Ohio River Paddlefest is being sponsored and managed this year 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 highschools in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.  For more information about Outdoor Adventure Clubs of Greater Cincinnati, go to www.outdooradventureclubs.org and visit us on Facebook.