If you are looking for an invigorating activity and a fun opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, you have come to the right place! Canoe rental at RiversEdge Canoe & Kayak Outfitters provides you with everything you need to enjoy a great adventure on the Little Miami River.
RiversEdge is a family business, owned and operated by two generations of river sport enthusiasts. Our goal is to provide you with the best canoe rental and excursion experience at an affordable price. We work hard to offer you the absolute best equipment and facilities, along with quality service that reflects years of canoe rental experience.
RiversEdge canoe rental includes:
- Use of our higher quality canoes, paddles, and life jackets
- Transportation to starting point at the start of the trip, so you can take your time floating back to where your car is parked and not worry about waiting to get picked up after trip
- Use of picnic areas at no additional cost
- Plenty of amazing scenery on the State and National Scenic Little Miami River where fun memories are made
Plan ahead by making your canoe rental reservations and payments online, so you can get right to your adventure when you arrive at RiversEdge. You can also make a reservation and not pay in advance by using the contact us page or just calling 937-903-6468.
Making the Most of Your Canoe Rental Experience
Before embarking on your canoe rental adventure, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with canoe safety. RiversEdge prepares you for your canoeing experience with the proper equipment. Additionally, it is important to familiarize yourself with canoeing terminology and possible situations you may encounter such as:
- Current – Current refers to the flow of the water. It can range from calm and slow to fast and turbulent, depending on volume, depth, and channel width.
- Current is directly affected by the rivel level which we monitor ever day using National Water Information System tool provided by the United States Geological Survey (USGS). Learn what river levels can mean for your next adventure by reading out informative blog post: What Do River Levels Mean for Canoe and Kayak Rental.
- Rapids – When water flows over an obstruction, such as boulders below the surface, rapids occur.
- Sweeper –Low hanging branches that can sweep a paddler from the boat are called sweepers.
- Strainer – Strainers objects under the water, such as branches or rock ledges. They can act like a sieve that keeps objects and people from passing through.
RiversEdge staff makes all attempts to keep the river as free of the sweepers and strainers, and the Little Miami has mostly small rapids and a great, steady current in our section of river.
The experienced team at RiversEdge Canoe & Kayak Outfitters will prepare you with the knowledge you need to enjoy a fun canoeing experience.
About Our Three Trips
We have three trips you can take at RiversEdge Canoe and Kayak Outfitters. In this video, you can learn about all three and see video from along the river.
More About Canoes
People have been canoeing for centuries, as the first canoes were created thousands of years ago by the native peoples of North America. The word “canoe” comes from the Carib term “kenu”, which means “dugout.” Early canoes made by the Carib Indians of the Caribbean islands, were made of shaped and hollowed tree trunks. Canoe construction materials evolved to canvas on a wood frame, and eventually to aluminum. Today, most canoes are constructed from molded plastic or composites such as fiberglass.
RiversEdge offers canoe rentals from the industry’s best names in plastic composite canoes, including Old Town, Wenonah, Mad River or Paluski. These canoes are much more comfortable than the old aluminum canoes still being used elsewhere. While these great canoes are the standard offering at RiversEdge, some of our competitors will only rent these canoes for an upgraded price. We are also the only place offering canoes with 3 seats, great for an extra child or small adult.
Canoe Paddling Tips
Use Your Core – Don’t make the mistake of using an arms only approach. By engaging your powerful core torso muscles, you will generate greater power and increase your endurance.
Loosen Your Grip – Many beginning paddlers grip the canoe paddle shaft way too tightly. An overly tight grip can cause many problems, including joint pain, wrist and elbow injuries, forearm cramps, and quick fatigue. Paddlers should always maintain a firm, but relaxed grip, particularly during long-distance paddling.
Keep Your Angle High – Paddling angle refers to how high you hold the paddle during each stroke. Even though high angle paddling may at first seem more taxing, a higher angle keeps your paddles closer to the canoe, so you generate more power and use less energy overall.
Distribute Weight Properly- It is usually best if the heavier paddler is seated in the back (stern) and the lighter paddler in the front (bow).