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Safety should be of utmost concern to everyone. Outdoor activities such as canoeing, kayaking, rubing, rafting and riverside camping are assumed risk sports which, by their very nature, include inherent risks and dangers that can cause bodily injury and even death to participants. Many fine books, videos, and pamphlets are available which include discussions on safety and these water sports. Little Miami Canoe Rental can assist you in obtaining this information, as can local libraries, the American Red Cross, Coast Guard, etc.

NOTE: Take ample time prior to your trip to educate yourself in basic water safety and canoeing techniques so that you understand inherent risks involved with these and other related outdoor activities. Safety material should be studied well in advance of your outing- there may not be adequate time to fully digest this material on the day of your trip.

The Little Miami River is a natural stream that is constantly changing. At times the river flows gently through shallow pools; at other times the river rushes through deep channels with swift currents. Obstacles in river currents such a fallen trees, large rocks, and bridge piers can be extremely hazardous and must be avoided.  DO NOT TAKE CHANCES; if necessary, walk around river obstacles. Canoeists should properly wear life vests when in and around the river since NO LIFE GUARDS ARE STATIONED ALONG THESE SELF GUIDED ROUTES, and county emergency medical services may be difficult to access.

Participants should be aware of these facts and schedule their outing according to weather and river conditions best suied to their abilities. Time spent in preparation for your outing, combined with a sincere respect for the river will help ensure that your outdoor experience will be safe and enjoyable!


Click here for USGS stream level guage

Pictured above is Kinsley. At just 20 lbs. she is MUCH too small and too young for the river! She won't be on the river for several years to come!

Always be sure to CALL AHEAD regarding small children joining your river outing. An approved fitting life vest must be available and river conditions, water levels and adult experience level must be appropriate on the day of the river outing. Children of any age should NEVER be on the river with inexperienced adults. Children must be a minimum of 35 lbs AND 3 years old to be considered a possibility for canoeing with experienced canoers. However, there is no cut and dry formula for kids participation. Common sense must always prevail! Please call 513-899-3616 to speak with a office staff member to address any concerns or questions related to small children. Always call prior to your trip to address any potential questions or concerns!


Dogs are welcome to join you on your family river outing (excluding rafts and tubes). Dogs must behave appropriately and respectfully with other people of all ages and with other dogs. Dogs must be able to ride a vehicle (bus or van) with proper manners and must remain on leash while riding a canoe rental vehicle. Common sense must be used at all times. Please be sure dogs are healthy and up to date on vaccinations prior to your river outing. For further questions or concerns, please call 513-899-3616.
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