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7 Tips for a Great Canoe or Kayak Trip

7 Tips for a Great Canoe or Kayak Trip As temperatures warm and the sun shines brighter, thoughts turn to outdoor adventure. There is no better way to enjoy the beauty of nature in its summer splendor than canoeing or kayaking on a sparkling river. If you are thinking about a canoe or kayak trip but don't have a lot of experience in trip planning, we have 7 tips to help you plan a great river adventure!

1. Choose the right canoe or kayak

If you are new to river sports, chances are you do not yet own a canoe or kayak. Rental is a great option, and gives you the opportunity to "test run" before you make a purchase. Make sure that your canoe rental or kayak rental source provides a quality selection of newer watercraft.

2. Determine a trip plan to follow

It is very important to know where you are going and what to expect on your river trip. Whether canoeing or kayaking, your trip will be better if it is planned. Good river rental companies take care of most of this, as they transport you to the trip start, and you float back to your where your car is parked.

3. Plan a trip that will be right for your group

When planning a canoe or kayaking trip it is important to consider the group. Each member of the group will have varying interests and levels of endurance. If the goal of the trip is to bring together a particular group of people, plan a trip that will be enjoyable for all participants.  If in doubt, choose a shorter trip.

4. Equip for the trip

Make sure you have not only the essential gear, such as paddles and life jackets, but also other items to make your trip more worry-free and comfortable. Bring items such as water, snacks, and sunscreen - plastic zip lock bags are great for keeping items dry. Tie your cooler and supply bag closed and attach it to your canoe or kayak with a piece of Nylon rope, just in case you tip.

5. Plan out the logistics - driving to the launch, etc.

Have everyone in your group meet at the trip ending point or takeout, and then carpool to the trip starting point or launch location. Good canoe and kayak rental services  include transportation in the rental cost. Plan stop times for lunch, swimming, or site seeing before you get in the water so everyone is on the same schedule.

6. Check river conditions before the trip

Take a look at the weather forecast on the morning of your trip to make sure you will not have any surprises. Check on the river conditions and river levels as well. If you are renting canoes or kayaks, your rental company will have the information you need.

7. Have fun once you are on the water, but also BE SAFE

Follow the best practices for safety and river etiquette. Steer clear of swimmers, fisherman, and others who are enjoying the river. Wear your lifejacket at all times so that you are safe in any situation. Relax and enjoy your time on the river, but make sure you are always paying attention to your surroundings and watch for hazards so you can avoid them.

Memorial Day Weekend is Here – and So Is Summer!

What are your plans for Memorial Day Weekend? It's the official start of summer and we will be running canoe, kayak and raft trips on the Little Miami River all weekend long. Join us for some fun and sun in the great outdoors. Take a look at our weekly update video get a taste of the fun that you can have here at RiversEdge Outfitters.

Open Tomorrow

With the great weather forecast for Saturday we will be open and running canoe, kayak and rafts Saturday the 18th of April, and run trips every hour on the hour from 10:00am to 3:00pm.  We will only be offering the 1.5-3 hour Blue Jacket trip.  Water level is great, and it is forecast to be upper 70's and sunny!  With the rain predicted we do not plan on being open Sunday the 19th.

Hot Weekend to Canoe Kayak

It is looking like a great weekend to canoe, kayak and raft at RiversEdge Canoe and Kayak Outfitters.  Forecast is for sun and around 90 the next 3 days!  This could be the last really good summer weekend, so don't miss it.

Canoe, Kayak and Raft Conditions for the weekend of June 14 and 15th

The Little Miami River is a great level for this weekend to canoe, kayak and raft at RiversEdge Canoe & Kayak Outfitters.  With the recent rains we have had too much water in the river earlier in the week, but it has dropped to a great paddling level for the weekend.  Trips every hour on the hour both days from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Of course sunny both days and around 80 doesn't hurt either!

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Open today for canoes, kayaks and rafts. Blue Jackets trip only. Hope to see you on the river!
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Open today for canoes, kayaks and rafts. Blue Jackets trip only.   Hope to see you on the river!

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Open today for kayaks and rafts only, the river level is great for kayaks and rafts, but a bit swift for canoes. Should be good for all boats tomorrow.
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Open today for canoes, kayaks, and rafts. Trips departing every hour on the hour 10 - 4. Good to arrive 45 minutes prior to your trip departure time. It is a Spring like level, great for kayaks and rafts, more challenging for canoes. Good to have prior padding experience for the canoes. ... See MoreSee Less

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Open today for kayaks and rafts, river still a bit swift for canoes, so no canoes today. Will be great level for tomorrow and Sunday. See you on the river!
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Open today for kayaks and rafts, river still a bit swift for canoes, so no canoes today.  Will be great level for tomorrow and Sunday.  See you on the river!

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I am sorry to post that we are closed today, Wednesday June 14 due to slightly elevated river levels. Should be OK tomorrow, but check before coming out. ... See MoreSee Less

Kayaking every year at RiversEdge Outfitters.
RiversEdge Outfitters is a favorite destination for groups all over the place to go canoeing, kayaking and rafting. Here's why one group keeps coming back year after year.
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A great week for enjoying the beauty of the Little Miami. Trips departing every hour 10:00am to 4:00 pm. Some of our great customers from the weekend. ... See MoreSee Less

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We love the fact that we have customers visit us year after year to go canoeing and kayaking - including these two friends who are back again for another trip down the Little Miami River.
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Trips today and tomorrow every hour on the hour 10am to 4pm. Good to arrive 45 minutes prior to trip departure time. Fantastic weather and river conditions. See YOU on the river!
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