Great Miami River

The Blue and Burgundy Regatta will be sponsored by the Great Miami Rowing Center on May 1.  The course runs between the Columbia and Black Street bridges and is a 1,850 meter course.  Teams are expected to participate from Butler, Clermont, and Hamilton Counties with additional teams coming from as far away as Toledo. 

Time trials begin at 8 am with finals between the top teams after 2PM.  Bring a lunch or snack and line the banks of the River to cheer the teams along.  Food and beverages plus posters and t-shirts will be available at the Rowing Center's boat house at 110 North B Street, Hamilton.

Little Miami River

Morgan's Canoe Livery pushes off the first canoe of the season on the Little Miami River at 9 am on May 1 at the first Hamilton Township Paddle Fest. Proceeds will benefit the Township's Independence Day Celebrations to be held on June 25-26.

It is a six-mile trip down the river and canoes can push off until 1 pm.  Advance registration costs $50 and includes lunch for up to four people and two adult t-shirts. Day of the event registration is $60 per canoe.Ohio River Paddlefest

Ohio River Paddlefest

Paddlefest has grown into the largest on-water canoe and kayak festival in the Midwest and the largest in the entire country with over 1,800 paddlers attending from over 15 states ranging in age from 5 years to over 80. This years' event wiell be held June 24-26, 2010 at Cincinnati's Coney Island.

The weekend will feature fun, challenging and educational activities for folks of all ages and skill levels. The event is presented by Hamilton County Park District and sponsored by Duke Energy.

On Friday, June 25, the day begins with the launch of the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati Team River Runner adaptive paddling group, followed by canoe & kayak lessons, vendor exhibits, silent auction, wooden boat show,  cardboard boat races, and the annual Ohio River Music Festival bands.

Ohio River PaddlefestOn Saturday, June 26 the 9th annual paddle on the mighty Ohio River is held. The river is closed to all barge traffic. Racers begin around 7:30 am traveling on a specific course while paddlers will begin at Coney Island traveling 8.2 miles down river between 8:30-9 am. All paddlers will end at the Public Landing where the Finish Line Festival should be in full swing with live music by Lagniappe (Cajun band), vendors, awards for racers, food, refreshments and a place to hang out with your friends.

West Chester's Voice of America Park

If you're looking for a good laugh, this could be the place to come! The Butler County Park District is sponsoring a Cardboard Regatta at the Voice of America Park on July 16 and 17th.  It is part of a nationwide day of Cardboard Regatta's across the nation.  Be sure to read this fact sheet for more information.

Based upon the idea of "just plain having fun" the event encourages groups of individuals to come together and form a team, then put their creativity to work designing a cardboard boat that can float.  They even have directions for building a cardboard boat online.

Then the big challenge...to paddle the 200 yard course across the lake.  Most boats will make the trip successfully, however a few will sink.  Those will be eligible for the "Titanic Award" for the best sinking.

Festivities begin on Friday night with food, beverages and bands with racing on Saturday. Proceeds of the event will go towards a future playground planned for the Park.