Pop-up Canoe Livery

  • May 01, 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • West Mitchell Avenue at Canal Ridge Drive (next to I-75 S on ramp) Cincinnati, OH 45232

Organization: Mill Creek Alliance

Mill Creek Yacht Club offers first ever pop-up canoe livery.

For years, seasoned experts from the MCYC have been guiding groups of paddlers down the Mill Creek. Now, for the first time ever, they are staging a pop-up canoe livery so that paddlers can experience the wonders of the Mill Creek on their own.

The paddling voyage will commence in Spring Grove Village near Mitchell Avenue and finish at Salway Park near Northside, a distance of about 1.5 miles. Boats will embark every 15 minutes and paddlers can travel down stream at their leisure. In this stretch of the creek, paddlers can see the channelized section of the Mill Creek, stop on a beautiful sandbar to explore, experience a rich riparian zone and mitigated low head dam, and utilize one of the first public Mill Creek access ramps in the urban core.

Prepare for an unforgettable adventure on the Mill Creek. Contact Linda Keller at the Mill Creek Alliance at lkeller@themillcreekalliance.org or 513-580-4522 with questions about the event.

Due to COVID19 restrictions, participants will paddle one direction and either pedal or walk the other direction on this adventure, eliminating the need for traveling in close quarters with strangers in the shuttle van from take out back to put-in. Paddlers are encouraged to drop/lock a bicycle at Salway Park before driving to the put-in and pedal the Mill Creek Greenway Trail back to the put-in after the paddle (all off road, about 1.5 miles). It is also an easy walk. As an alternative, you and a buddy can stage vehicles on both ends and eliminate the need to walk or pedal.

Registration for the paddle is open through the day of the event, or until all available seats have been reserved. Cost to paddle is $20 per canoe (+ Eventbrite fees) which seats 1-3 paddlers . Register today, seats are limited! WALK UP REGISTRATION is CASH ONLY and is dependent on canoe availability. You are welcome to bring your own boat. The creek is a public resource. Consider making a donation to support the Mill Creek Yacht Club for their time in organizing this event.

See below for important safety information before registering*.

Our current MCA water quality monitoring program results indicate that the Mill Creek meets secondary recreational contact standards. Until we are able to achieve primary contact standards, we recommend paddlers take care not to ingest or swim in the water and wash carefully after recreation activity.

* However, Ohio EPA recommends no contact with waters of the Mill Creek because it can have high levels of fecal coliform bacteria and other pathogens from time to time, especially within 48 to 72 hours of a rainstorm heavy enough to cause combined sewer overflows.

It is your personal choice on whether to participate, based largely on the strength of your immune system and your willingness to take a calculated risk. If you have an open cut or weakened immunities, you should not go. You should be 18 or older to be on the water with us.

You will need to be sure-footed in some places. Be ready to climb out of the canoe to get past shallow spots and low-head dams. Potential safety hazards include sudden drop-offs, hidden holes, foot entrapments, slippery algae, submerged obstacles, jagged objects and sealed bottles with volatile methadone ingredients. Germicidal gel and a simple first-aid kit will be available.

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