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Ohio whitewater, Great Miami River

Hamilton county, 50 Hole section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


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Cincypaddlers.org paddles Heritage Park to Dravo every Thursday night during DST.† A few good rapids and surf waves. Says Henry Dorfman

Having paddled the 70 miles of the Great Miami, the WW is great for beginners or rec paddlers wanting to have a little excitement added to their trip.† Water Quality is good, in fact it can be better then the Little Miami during low water.† Best time to hit the GM is when it is running between 2500cfs
    and 3800cfs (Hamilton USGS gage if your looking for some WW.† There isn't too many places in the summer in the Midwest you can find good water and waves, but the Great Miami still flows well in August. Says Misty Duff

hole is not much of a surf and it is a porta john.... Says Tim Richmond

The starting location is a short drive from Cincinnati-Middletown, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. The nature scenery of Hamilton County and the playfulness of the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. A bit of exercise and spending some quality time in nature are sure to keep you coming back for
more. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Ohio are easier than the national norm, so don't forget that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners. There's camping available near Great Miami River. The 50 Hole stretch is the only paddling stretch along Great Miami River. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. This is a very short section so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this is an area with not too many other rivers for that.

Great Miami River, 50 Hole road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Great Miami River.
 Whitewater Near Great Miami River:
Gunpowder Creek, Boone County, 10 miles away
      Class II+ - 7.5 miles long (Camp Ernst Road to Dale Williamson Road)
Banklick Creek, Kenton County, 18 miles away
      Class II-III - 5 miles long (Independence Station Road to Doe Run confluence)
 Ski Areas Near Great Miami River:
Perfect North, Indiana , 9 miles away, 400 foot drop, 10 lifts, 23 runs
Mad River Mountain, Ohio , 97 miles away, 300 foot drop, 12 lifts, 24 runs
 Marinas Near Great Miami River:
Catalina Harbour, Addyston , 4 miles away
Mariner's Landing Marina, Cincinnati , 4 miles away
Constance Marina, Hebron , 10 miles away
Lighthouse Point Yacht Club, Aurora , 11 miles away
Destiny Yacht Charters, Cincinnati , 12 miles away
 Beaches Near Great Miami River:
Long Island Beach, Hamilton , 2 miles away
 Hotels Near Great Miami River:
Best Western Plus Whitewater Inn, Harrison , 5 miles away
Super 8 - Harrison OH, Harrison , 6 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites HARRISON, Harrison , 6 miles away
Comfort Inn Lawrenceburg, Lawrenceburg , 6 miles away
Baymont Inn & Suites Lawrenceburg, Lawrenceburg , 7 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Great Miami River:
Indian Springs Campground, North Bend, 1 miles away
Miami Whitewater Forest, Harrison, 5 miles away
Hickory Lake Campground, Lawrenceburg, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Great Miami River:
Little Turtle Trail, Hamilton , 3 miles away
Blue Jacket Trail, Hamilton , 3 miles away
 Public Lands Near Great Miami River:
Big Bone Lick State Park, Kentucky , 15 miles away
Hueston Woods State Park, Ohio , 23 miles away
Whitewater Memorial State Park, Indiana , 28 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Great Miami River:
Deer Run Country Club, Cleves , 2 miles away
Aston Oaks Golf Club, North Bend , 3 miles away
Shawnee Lookout Park, North Bend , 3 miles away
 Lakes Near Great Miami River
Hidden Valley Lake, Dearborn , 5 miles away
Lake Jeanclia, Boone , 8 miles away

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