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

In the News!

Check out these articles about Paddlefest!

Cincinnati.com 2/19/16            Soapboxmedia.com             Cincinnati.com 5/21/16         


Limited Rentals Remain, So Register Now!

Email info@ohiorivepaddlefest.org to be placed on the Waiting List for a canoe.

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

Kayaks Remaining


Canoes Sold Out

Email info@ohioriverpaddlefest.org 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.

  • Paddle under all 7 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.
  • Camp Friday, August 5 at Schmidt Recreation Complex.
  • Bring your dog or ride your bike.
  • Enjoy the FREE parking, 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 www.outdooradventureclubs.org and visit us on Facebook.


Incoming 7th graders - and future Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC) members - hit the Little Miami River this week in their first-ever kayaking trip run by OAC as part of their "Summer Bridge" program at Taft High School. Become a "Friend of Paddlefest" today & help us get more urban teens out into nature year round. Go to www.ohioriverpaddlefest.org/donate/ to contribute. Thanks! ...

Incoming 7th graders--and future OAC members--take to the Little Miami River on 6/22/16 in their first-ever kayaking trip as part of their "Summer Bridge" program at Taft High School.

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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