The suns out and summer is here! That can only mean one thing, it’s time to break out the swim suits, paddles, and get some friends together on an awesome Ohio river adventure! Ohio has countless spots to hit up, be it on a kayak, canoe, tube, SUP or raft, nothing beats the heat like a day out on an Ohio river.. We’ve put together your ultimate list of Ohio river adventures you need to see! Check them out below and share with your friends!
Mohican River – Maps
The Mohican is a perfect Ohio river destination to kick back and relax out on the water. You’re able to truly “float” this river and let the current take you along, leaving you with nothing else to do other than taking in the scenic beauty and enjoying the day with friends. That being, a tube is a favorite vessel for the Mohican, as you’re in the water the entire time and no paddling necessary.
The Mohican is a “lazy river,” calm, slow, and relaxed, it’s favorite for many when heading out with a big group. When you’re ready to make it out to the Mohican, make sure and stop by Mohican Adventures for all your paddle needs. Be it on a tube, kayak, raft, or canoe, they got you covered. They have full service and outfit multiple trips on the Mohican!
Little Miami – Maps
The Little Miami is a quintessential river trip for all Ohio adventurers. Being a National Wild and Scenic River, you’re left with a pristine and beautiful trip. You’ll meander through breathtaking narrow valley and scenic vistas. Not only is it beautiful, the Little Miami is also known for some of the best fishing in the state, meaning bringing you pole out on the water isn’t a bad idea. Another lazy river, you’re able to take it easy and let the river take you along the entire way, no effort necessary.
As always a float is best with friends, and the Little Miami is an ideal river to hit up with large groups. Making it out here is a must for an Ohio adventurer, and when you do make sure and stop by River’s Edge Canoe Livery and Outfitters! Veterans of the Little Miami, they’ve been family owned and operated for over 30 years, have full service kayak/canoe/raft rentals, and will are located on the most secluded and scenic section of the river!
Hocking River – Maps
Located in southeastern Ohio, the Hocking River is a generally calm and smooth river, and is perfect to spend a day out on the water. There are several islands and sandbars along the trip that make great places to stop off stop off, explore, and take a break. Rolling through the famous Hocking Hills region of Ohio, you’re left with beautiful scenery. One trip down the river even includes a chance to see the massive Natural Rock Bridge located here.
The wildlife here is also abundant, and includes great fishing along the way. The Hocking River traverses through one of the most beautiful sections of Ohio, and there’s nothing like experiencing it while floating through it. Make sure and stop by Hocking Hills Canoe Livery for all you float needs when you go. They have full service canoe and kayak rentals and multiple trips down the river for you to experience the true beauty Ohio while out on the river!
Great Miami River – Maps
A tributary of the Ohio river, the Great Miami lazily flows along in the southwest portion of the state. Slow and lazy floats are always welcomed, and on the Great Miami it gives you the time to view various wildlife including great blue herons, beavers, red-tailed hawks and more. Along with that, the river is also known for great fishing, so bring the poles out when you go!
Spending a day out on the Great Miami is easy, you have plenty of spots along the way to pull off on bars or beaches perfect to explore or stop for a lunch. A float down the Great Miami will have you coming back for more, perfect to beat the heat and Adventure with friends. When you make it out, make sure and stop by Barefoot Canoe, in operation since 1976! They full service canoe rentals and multiple trips for your Great Miami Adventure.
Mad River – Maps
Just north of Dayton in central Ohio, the spring fed Mad River continues the state’s tradition of calm relaxed floats perfect to beat the heat.. The Mad however, also includes sections of short shallow rapids along the way, nothing bigger than class I, providing a nice change of pace. There are sand bars scattered about as well, leaving you prime spots to take a break and relax.
The mad is also the state’s only natural trout stream. Rainbow and brown trout both frequent the river, so if fishing is your game, the Mad needs to be on your list! The water is clear enough to see the river bottom your entire trip, and the scenery throughout is a classic example of Ohio’s true beauty. Birch Bark Canoe Livery is the spot to head to when the Mad is in your plans! Their team has full service canoe, kayak, and tube rentals for you unforgettable day on the Mad!
Tuscarawas River – Maps
A tributary of the Muskingum, the Tuscarawas is a scenic wonder of Ohio. The majority of the river is complete wilderness, almost zero development. Leaving you engulfed in Ohio beauty throughout. With that being, the wildlife here is amazing. Paddlers can often see deer, blue herons, owls, bald eagles, turtles and many more.
Primitive campsites are also scattered along the trip, and the Tuscarawas is a favorite for overnight camping trips. The Tuscarawas the definition of a lazy river, with no rapids along the way you’re left with calm peaceful water. Getting out on the Tuscarawas is just what you need when you’re ready to get away from civilization and into the wild. Make sure and stop off at Canal Fulton Canoe Livery, they are veterans of the river and have full service canoe and kayak rentals!
Upper Cuyahogo River – Maps
The Cuyahogo River, also known as the “Burning River,” has quite the interesting back story. You may have heard of the Cuyahoga before, as it grew fame in the 1960’s for catching fire due to being so polluted. Helping spark the environmental movement, the Cuyahogo was used as an example, cleaned up, and now offers great paddling excursions for all.
The Upper section of the Cuyahogo offers a calm and peaceful float, with an easy current taking you down the river. The water is perfect for swimming with small pools throughout, and fishing is also a favorite here. Offering trips on the Upper Cuyahogo since 1966, the team at Camp Hi Canoe and Kayak are experts of the river, and offer full service canoe/kayak/SUP rentals! Make sure and contact them when you’re ready to hit the Cuyahogo.
Stillwater River – Maps
Designated as a State Scenic River, you know you’re going to be left with true Ohio scenic beauty while out on the Stillwater. Getting its name from the still/slow current of the river, the Stillwater is another lazy float….”Ohio, the king of lazy rivers!”, and the Stillwater may take the crown. You’ll meander along some of the most scenic areas of the glaciated plains of Ohio region. With beaches and sand bars along the way, you can stop off, take a break, and take it all in.
Being a designated Scenic River, there is little development along the way, leaving you engulfed in nature. The fishing here? Of course it’s top notch, specifically great for small mouth bass, there’s also 59 other different fish species frequenting the river. A tributary of the Great Miami, the crew over at Barefoot Canoes also services to the scenic Stillwater with full service canoe rentals for you to experience some true Ohio beauty.
There you have it, your ultimate guide to the amazing river Adventures in Ohio. Make this a memorable year out on the water. Hitting the water allows you to experience the outdoors in a way like no other. Hit up some friends, make some plans, and get ready to on an adventure.