Canoe, Raft, and Kayak Rentals and Trips

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So you’re wondering, “what are some cool places to kayak near me,” and you found your way to That’s a good first step!

We bring more than three decades of experience to the table and a beautiful, unspoiled stretch of the Little Miami River to satisfy your sense of adventure, whether you’re interested in canoe rental places, river raft rental, or kayak rentals.

We offer two different types of trips, with three different types of watercraft – canoe, kayak, and raft rentals.

What’s the Difference Between Raft, Canoe, and Kayak Rentals?

If you’re not familiar with the difference between these types of watercraft, here’s a quick breakdown.

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Canoe rentals are an open-top watercraft that typically have seating for two or sometimes more people. For a typical two-seat canoe rental, each paddler will have a single-bladed paddle to row on one side at a time, in coordination with the other paddler.

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Kayak rentals are single-seat watercraft that generally have a closed top with a hole in the middle for the paddlers to climb into. Paddlers have a double-bladed paddle to row on both sides. These are usually for people who want to be individually in control of their own watercraft, though we do offer tandem kayaks as well. Some people consider kayak rentals easier to steer than canoe rentals, but that’s your choice to make!

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Raft rentals are great for family outings, as they are easier to maneuver and have more seating. Kayak and canoe rentals are more designed for speed, so raft rentals will typically result in a slightly longer, more leisurely float down the river. Raft rentals are unavailable on our 9-mile Kenton’s Run trip.

Which of these options you prefer is completely up to you, and the price doesn’t change no matter how you choose to enjoy the river, so feel free to choose whichever option suits you best!

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Rent a Raft, Canoe, or Kayak for Blue Jacket’s Best!

Our shortest and most popular trip is Blue Jacket’s Best. This trip covers about 3.5 miles of the Little Miami River, and takes between 90 minutes and three hours to complete.

Raft rentals, canoe rentals, and kayak rentals are all available on this trip, which covers a gentle and calm portion of the river moving along at about 2 miles per hour, with a depth of about 1.5 to 3 feet.

This is a perfect trip for beginners and those who are looking to fit their adventure into a nice afternoon day trip. Bookings depart every hour from 10am to 4pm, with a flat rate of $40 per person on weekdays, and $45 on weekends and holidays. That price includes all necessary equipment rentals and transportation to your starting point.

Because pricing is per-person, you can choose which type of watercraft you prefer without any pricing changes – even if that means you’re taking 3 kayak rentals instead of one raft rental!

Kayak Rentals on Kenton’s Run

For those who are looking to see even more of the Little Miami River, Kenton’s Run is a 9-mile trip that takes about 3 to 5 hours to complete.

While Kenton’s Run isn’t much more difficult in terms of the features of the river itself (it’s still relatively calm and shallow), it is a longer trip, so make sure you’re prepared for a big day!

Departures for the Kenton’s Run trip are at 10am and 11am, and raft rentals are not available on this trip. For kayak rentals, trips are priced at $50 per person on weekdays and $55 for weekends and holidays. 

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Book Your RiversEdge Outing Today!

Reservations are required for all RiversEdge outings, so book your trip now and start getting excited!

Don’t worry if you don’t have experience – safety is our top priority and with more than 35 years on the Little Miami River, our trained and professional staff will make sure you have a great time whether this is your first time or your 50th!

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