A frequently asked question is; when do we open for canoe, kayak and raft trips at RiversEdge Canoe and Kayak Outfitters. The open date is entirely dependent on the weather and river conditions. We need an extended warm up period of about 7 days, not too much rainfall, and we will be ready to open. A minimum combined air and river water temperature of 110 degrees is required. Yesterday the water temperature in the river dropped to 40 degrees at night and warmed up to about 49 degrees during the day. Since RiversEdge has a minimum of 110 degrees of combined air and water temperature to offer trips, we are close. While 110 is the minimum, we are more comfortable when the river water is approximately 55 degrees and have a minimum of 120 combined air and water. If you happen to get wet, with the water at or above 55 and the air at or above 65 most people will still have an enjoyable outing, especially if they are wearing the personal flotation device (life jacket) that we provide. There is also the factor of river level that will enter into the decision to open, basically it cannot be much above 4 feet on the Spring Valley Gauge, although the level varies a bit for canoes, kayaks and rafts. Please see the "What do river levels mean" post for details on river levels. The final factor is the condition of the river as far as obstructions. While we are clearing the river of trees all through the late Winter and Spring, there are occasionally trees in a difficult area of the river that requires waiting until the level is low enough to work on. We hope this helps explain the rationale that goes into when we can open for canoe trips, kayak trips and raft trips, and hope to see you soon in a canoe, kayak or raft on the beautiful Little Miami River! Plan head by reviewing our Rates & Reservations page.
At this point in the year, many of us are wondering - where did the summer go? If you feel like you've missed out, the good news is that there is still time for an awesome summer adventure! Here are four great ways to enjoy the weekend right here in your own Ohio backyard:
- Caesar Creek State Park - offers one of the best outdoor recreation and nature preserve areas in the area. The seventy-nine hundred-acre park offers ample opportunity for fishing, hiking, biking, and more. Class A camping facilities are available for an overnight trip.
- Skydive Warren County - the Tri-State's oldest United States Parachute Association dropzone. Family owned and operated, Skydive Warren County has been providing first-class skydiving experiences in our area for over four decades. Experienced tandem skydiving instructors assist skydivers to ensure an exciting but safe experience.
- Fort Ancient - providing the chance to see more than 2,000 years of Native American history and culture, this preserve is largest and best-preserved prehistoric hilltop enclosure in the United States. In addition to exploration and learning opportunities outdoors, Fort Ancient also offers a museum dedicated to American Indian culture.
- Rivers Edge Outfitters - providing everything you need to enjoy a paddling adventure, we offer canoe rental and kayak rental for three different trips along the scenic Little Miami River. Of course, we can tell you how great Rivers Edge paddling excursions are, but don't just take our word for it. A recent post from Warren County recreation blog, Stories from the Playground, describes the Rivers Edge route as, "one of the least crowded and most secluded stretches of the Little Miami Scenic River. Relaxing, yet thrilling all the same."