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Schmidt Recreation Complex

2944 Humbert Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45226


Schmidt is the location of the Friday Night Paddler’s Party, Friday night camping, and the Paddlefest put-in.

All vehicles must enter on St. Peters Street and exit on Watson Street to help minimize congestion.

When leaving Schmidt on Saturday afternoon, after arriving on our shuttle, turn right onto Riverside Drive and then proceed to Stanley to turn left onto Columbia Parkway and return to Gilday Riverside Park for your boat.

You cannot take a left at Delta onto Columbia Parkway.

Gilday Riverside Park

3540 Southside Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45204


Gilday Riverside Park is the location of the Bright + Early morning parking with shuttle, the Paddlefest take-out, and Finish Line Festival + Conservation Expo.

You reach Gilday Riverside Park by turning off River Road at the light onto Southside Avenue or at Idaho Street.

Idaho does cross a train track, so there is a slight chance of blockage. Southside bypasses the train.

Upon leaving Gilday Riverside Park, we ask that you exit out Southside Avenue to minimize congestion at the take-out.



Friday Night

When arriving at Schmidt Recreation Complex on Friday night, paddlers will be directed to parking lots based on their unloading needs. Vehicles with boats will be directed to unloading zones before parking and checking in at registration.

There is designated parking for camper at the east end of the park, past the main party area.


Parking at Schmidt is somewhat limited. Additional, on street parking can be found on nearby Wenner, Stetchell, Strader streets, as well as at Riverview East Academy.

You can walk the Ohio River Bike Trail path from your car to the party.

Saturday Morning

bright + early parking at gilday riverside park (take-out)

Preposition your vehicle at the Paddlefest take-out early on Saturday morning. Paddlers can park at Gilday or in a nearby grass lot and take a shuttle to the put-in starting at 6:00 am.

Racers must be on the first shuttle at 6:00 am if they wish to preposition their car at the take-out.

Spaces are limited. Shuttle buses cannot transport boats. Final Bright + Early shuttle runs at 7:30 am.

Put-in at Schmidt Recreation Complex

On Saturday morning, park and visit registration at Schmidt before unloading your boat and getting on the river.

Shuttle will run from the take-out back to Schmidt from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm.

Saturday Afternoon

There is no additional parking at Gilday Riverside Park during Paddlefest’s Finish Line Festival, in order to expedite loading of boats.

Enjoy the Festival + Conservation Expo fully before hopping a shuttle to collect your vehicle. Once you return to Gilday, you will only be permitted to load your boat and depart.




4:00 - 8:00 pm

4:00 - 9:00 pm


Registration, packet pick up, and boat drop off

Paddler’s Party with live music, food trucks, local beer, raffles, gear swap, and more!


6:00 - 7:30 am

6:30 - 8:30 am

6:45 am

7:00 am

7:15 - 8:30 am

7:30 - 10:15 am

7:30 - 10:30 am

8:30 am

9:00 am - 2:00 pm

9:00 am - 2:00 pm

9:00 am - 2:00 pm

10:30 - 11:00 am

12:00 pm

12:30 pm

2:00 pm

2:00 pm


Bright + Early parking with shuttle from take-out

Registration and packet pick up

Mandatory racer meeting. NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION.

Races start

Paddlers put-in and depart

Midpoint Pit Stop open

Mill Creek Mile open

Put-in closes

Finish Line Festival + Conservation Expo

Free shuttles back to Schmidt

Boat pick up at Gilday

Race awards presentation

Deadline for all boat to exit river at take-out

Ohio River re-opens to motorized traffic

Last shuttle leaves Gilday for Schmidt

Deadline to pick up boats from Gilday