Explore Nature with Canoe, kayak, and raft rentals in Ohio


Blue Jacket's Best

Blue Jacket's Best - 3.5 miles

Our shortest - and most popular trip, 3.5 miles, which takes 1.5 to 3 hrs to complete. Departure is hourly, 10 am - 4 pm.


Canoe, kayak and raft trips are $40 per person on weekdays,
and $45 per person on weekends and holidays.

Reservations are REQUIRED
Refunds require a 24 hour in advance notice

Kenton's Run

Kenton's Run - 9 miles

Our mid-range trip, 9 miles, which will take 3 to 5 hours to complete. Departure is at 10 am & 11 am.


This is a single person kayak only trip. Canoes, tandem kayaks, and rafts are not available for this trip. Single person kayak trips are $50 on weekdays, and $55 on weekends and holidays.

Reservations are REQUIRED
Refunds require a 24 hour in advance notice

Your Fun Is Our Priority

We’re all about making sure you have a really fun time when you book a trip at RiversEdge Outfitters. Our trained and professional staff makes sure all of our equipment is maintained and that our facilities are clean which is why people from Columbus, Dayton, and Cincinnati continue to come back to RiversEdge year after year.

One of the Best Day Trips in Ohio

One of the best things about our special place along the Little Miami River is that it gives you a perfect little piece of secluded natural beauty, but it’s still a quick and easy trip from the city!

So whether you’re thinking about kayaking in Dayton, canoeing in Cincinnati, or river rafting in Columbus, Ohio, a day trip of an hour or less is all that separates you and an amazing time at RiversEdge!

Are you ready to take a trip back in time and discover the wild nature of the Little Miami River? Despite being so conveniently located, we are on the least crowded sections of this unspoiled national treasure, so you can discover nature’s wild wonders the way she intended and be home in time for a restful sleep in your own bed.

No Experience Necessary!

You don’t have to be a paddeling gold medalist to take your excursion in paradise. Pack a lunch, pack the kids, and drive to our facilities even if you’ve never been on the river before! We’ve got a safe, fun, and exciting excursion for boaters of ALL LEVELS.

With more than 35 years of experience, Rhett, Brandy, Sarah and Kate are committed to offering clean facilities, the best and safest equipment, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences to groups looking for raft, kayak, and canoe rentals near Columbus, Dayton, and Cincinnati.

No Hassle, All Fun!

We want you to have a great time, whether you’re coming for river rafting from Columbus or from Cincinnati for kayak rentals. But how we make your trip easy is more than just being conveniently located.

We also take care of your equipment and logistics concerns – all you have to bring is yourself, maybe a lunch, and your sense of adventure!

We’ll outfit and shuttle you upriver where you’ll float lazily downstream right back to our facilities. It doesn’t get any easier than that!

If that sounds like the perfect trip to you, then you’re just like us! Come hang out for the day and see why we are the number one choice for canoe and kayak rental in Columbus, Dayton, and Cincinnati!

Why Choose RiversEdge Outfitters for your next Outdoor Activity?

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Convenient and

We are located on one of the most secluded bends of the Little Miami State and Nationally designated Scenic River, and strictly limit reservations to ensure everyone has a great experience. This is real unspoiled nature close to Columbus, Dayton, and Cincinnati!

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35 Years on the Little Miami River

There’s no substitute for 3 decades of experience. This is our river, we love it, and we want to share it with you by being your destination for an awesome field trip in central Ohio!

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Clean Facilities and High-Quality Equipment

Safety and cleanliness are our #1 concern. All of our equipment is safety tested and made from high-quality materials, and our scenic facilities are kept to the highest standards. This isn’t your typical campground outfitters.


We donate $1 for each boat rented to the Little Miami Conservancy. Float with RiversEdge and help conserve the Little Miami river!

Great Reviews

We treat every customer like family! We’ve got 3 decades of reviews to prove it!

Day Trips on the Little Miami River for All People and Occasions

Our experience has taught us that people of all skill levels deserve a day of fun! That’s why we offer everything from leisurely 1-2 hour floats downstream to 3-5 hour excursions for more advanced boaters.

Whether you’re looking for a great family outing in Ohio or some corporate outing ideas in Columbus, we will deliver for you and your group with the best canoeing and kayak trips in Columbus, Dayton, and Cincinnati!

If you’re looking for adventurous things to do in Ohio, RiversEdge has fun, safe, and affordable trips in paradise for the whole family, and you can be back home in your bed by evening! Just be prepared to be exhausted from a day of excitement in paradise. Reserve your tour today and remember to ask about our Bellbrook canoe rental pricing!


Due to insurance restrictions we cannot allow dogs on our property at RiversEdge.
  • Use of high quality canoes or kayaks, paddles and life jackets
  • Transportation to your starting point, so you can float back to your vehicle and not wait to get picked up after trip
  • Free use of picnic areas
  • The most remote and scenic section of the Little Miami River
  • RiversEdge Outfitters adjoins the 800 acre Spring Valley Wildlife Area
We highly discourage the consumption of alcohol on the river, and you need to know that you can be ticketed on any river in Ohio for an open container violation. Occasionally there are Water Craft Officers on the river that will ticket you for having an open container of alcohol. We also will refuse to rent to anyone who has rented watercraft from us previously and returned intoxicated and disorderly.
The minimum age is 3 years of age and/or 30 pounds. Our smallest life jacket will fit a child 30-50 pounds.
Yes, we accept Mastercard, Visa, and Discover. You can also make your reservation online, including making payment.
We close at 6:30 pm, our last trip is at 4:00 pm and we require that you return by the closing time of 6:30 pm. A late fee of $10.00 per boat, per half hour will be charged. Please keep in mind that our staff does this seven days a week, and would like to leave at normal closing time to spend time with their families and prepare for the next day.
You should leave all valuables in your vehicle or at home. Jewelry is highly discouraged because it can slip or come off if you enter the water and will be lost. You should have a good pair of water shoes because there is a possibility of stepping on sharp rocks while on your trip, we do have water shoes available to purchase. Coolers are okay if you want to take a lunch and have a picnic on one of the many beaches however, we ask that the cooler not be Styrofoam and be medium size to fit in most boats. Glass containers are not allowed. Car keys should not be taken on the river! We have a key rack you may leave your keys on while you are on the river.
The large raft can hold about 5-6 adults of moderate weight, a few more if some are children. The smaller raft is great for up to 4 adults or a family group of a few more with small children.
Most of our canoes are designed for two people. We do have special canoes with a third seat in the middle. This allows three moderate weight adults to comfortably fit in the same canoe – total weight of the three should not to exceed 500 pounds. The same 3rd seat canoe will work great for 1 or 2 children to sit in the middle of the canoe with 2 adults.
Most of our kayaks are designed for one person. We do have tandem kayaks that are designed for two people.
Due to insurance restrictions we are not allowed to transport privately owned watercraft on our vehicles, or allow any privately owned watercraft on the property. We cannot allow privately owned watercraft to exit at our takeout. We cannot allow the parking of any vehicles at RiversEdge that are transporting privately owned watercraft. We do want all boat owners to be able to experience to beauty of the Little Miami River by accessing the river at the many public access points. Just 1/3 of a mile above RiversEdge is a public access with a concrete boat ramp, and great parking. This is the access that you should use to float our section of river. It is the Spring Valley Wildlife Area river access located on Roxanna Road, just off of Route 42.
Yes, reservations are required because they allow us to limit the number of people on a give hour and offer the best service possible.
Every time that you float with RiversEdge you are helping conserve the Little Miami River! We donate $1 for each boat rented to the Little Miami Conservancy!

With 2 paying adults in a canoe or a small raft, children under 12 are no cost. Canoes, tandem kayaks and small raft all require 2 paid persons. A large raft requires 3 paid persons, and then children under 12 are no cost.

Contact Us


3928 US 42, Waynesville, OH, 45068 (Search for RiversEdge in your GPS, do not use numerical address. We are NORTH of Waynesville)

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