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Great Miami River Watershed Water Trail

Location The Great Miami River Watershed drains more than 4,000 square miles in all or parts of 15 counties in southwest Ohio. The major rivers include the Great Miami, Stillwater, and Mad rivers.
State(s) Ohio
Counties Shelby, Logan, Miami, Montgomery, Greene, Champaign, Clark, Warren, Butler, Hamilton, Preb
Type National Water Trails System
Length 291.00 Miles / 468.32 Km Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses Boating, Motorized
Boating, non-motorized: Canoeing
Boating, non-motorized: Kayaking
Boating, non-motorized: Rafting
Camping
Fishing
Heritage and History
Wildlife Observation
Agency City, Town, or County
Entry Fee? No Parking Fee? No

 

 

Description

photo: Great Miami River Water Trail in Downtown Dayton
Great Miami River Water Trail in Downtown Dayton

The Great Miami River Watershed Water Trail includes three major river and several smaller streams and collectively offers 291 miles and 117 public access sites. The name Miami was originally the designation of the tribe who bore the name of “Tewightewee.” In the Ottawa language, it signified “mother” and the Shawanoese called the river Shi,me,a,mee,sepe or “Big Miamie River.” The Miami Valley is known for its lush vegetation, abundant water resources, Ohio-Erie canal, and rich archeological past. Today, the Great Miami River corridor is known for its water supply, recreation, industries, productive farmland, and high quality tributaries. The middle and upper mainstem contains some of Ohio’s best smallmouth bass fishing. As a result of the watershed’s glacial deposits, the Great Miami River flows over a buried aquifer with thick deposits of sand, gravel, cobble, and boulders. Its large watershed and abundant groundwater helps to maintain good base flows throughout the year.

Great Miami River and tributaries
The Great Miami River Water Trail includes 156 miles and 60 public access points for trail users to paddle, boat, fish, wildlife watch and enjoy. The Great Miami River has plenty of opportunities for beginner through advanced paddlers. A majority of the river is appropriate for hand-carried boats but there are several deeper sections where the use of motorized boats is popular. During summer low flows the river is a lazy paddle exper (Continued...)

 

Trail Mission Statement

Through community partnerships, the Great Miami River Watershed Water Trail connects communities and people to the Great Miami River and its tributaries, offers public access for recreation, promotes wise stewardship of resources, provides accurate information on safety and access, and supports the health of local waterways and surrounding lands.

 

Recreation Opportunities

The Miami Conservancy District works with local partners to create, manage, and maintain the public access points of the Great Miami River Watershed Water Trail. Only access points which are publicly owned and/or managed are considered a part of the water trail network. Access points must also be actively managed and maintained to be eligible. Each partner is solely responsible for the maintenance and management of their own access points.

Local partners include:
Miami Cou (Continued...)

 

Education

Encouraging paddling and other river recreation is a way to bring awareness to how special these rivers are, and how important it is to protect them for future generations.

Play it Safe campaign
MCD launched a Play it Safe media campaign from 2004 - 2009. Television and radio ads were launched to instruct people to wear their lifejackets, how to stay safe around dangerous lowhead dams, and how to access the river. The ads can be viewed at www.miamiconservancy.org/recreatio (Continued...)

 

Conservation

MCD works with local communities to prioritize areas for restoration, protection, and conservation. MCD has provided technical assistance, funding, grant management, and other resources depending on the goals and location of the project. MCD has worked with communities to acquire land for preservation and public access, restore streambanks, and create additional habitat along the rivers such as forest and prairie. The community partners frequently collaborate on restoration and acquisition proje (Continued...)

 

Community Support

MCD collaborates with several ongoing partnerships to support the maintenance of the trail and advocate for its stewardship.

Ohio’s Great Corridor Association
MCd helped create the Ohio’s Great Corridor Association (OGCA) and is currently a board member. The OGCA is a nonprofit organziation and promotes a quality of life that keeps Ohio’s talent in Ohio. It is the focus of private investment, a job-generator, and tourist destination. The River Corridor is the largest (Continued...)

 

Public Information

In 2002, the Great Miami River was the location of four boating related fatalities, and three major boating related rescues. MCD began the Great Miami River Boating Safety Education Program to educate boaters and river recreationalists about the safe way to use the river. MCD also convened a River Access Roundtable inviting all of the organizations within the Great Miami River Watershed with an interest in river recreation to discuss the region’s water-based recreation needs and trends. Out of (Continued...)

 

Trail Maintenance

The Miami Conservancy District works with local partners to create, manage, and maintain the public access points of the Great Miami River Watershed Water Trail. Only access points which are publicly owned and/or managed are considered a part of the water trail network. Access points must also be actively managed and maintained to be eligible. Each partner is solely responsible for the maintenance and management of their own access points.

Local partners include:
Miami Cou (Continued...)

 

Planning

The Miami Conservancy District continually reaches out to recreation managers, such as park districts and canoe rental entities to ensure that the maps are providing the information about the river that is most useful to river users. Each time a map is ready for reprint, MCD facilitates a discussion with the River Roundtable to ensure the most accurate information is included on the maps. THe USACE Planning Assistance to States project that produced the Great Miami River Corridor report also pro (Continued...)

Visitor Information

Seasonal Information

Date Opens: 1/1 - Date Closes: 12/31

Time Opens: Not Available - Time Closes: Not Available

Directions

The Great Miami River Water Trail is easy to locate as the Great Miami River flows near the crossroads of I-70 and I-75. The Great Miami River trail can be accessed at 60 public access sites in the Ohio cities of Sidney, Piqua, Troy, Tipp City, Dayton, West Carrollton, Miamisburg, Fairfield, Hamilton, and the western edge of Cincinnati and many sites in between. The Mad River Water Trail can be accessed at 34 public access sites in the Ohio cities of Bellefontaine, Urbana, Springfield, and Dayton and many sites in between. The Stillwater River Water Trail can be accessed at 23 public access sites in the Ohio cities of Greenville, West Milton, Englewood, and Dayton and many sites in between.

 

Additional Information

Width: 0 inches.

Primary Surface: Not Available

Secondary Surface: Rock, boulders
Snow or ice
Water, still

Average Grade: 0%

Elevation Low Point: Not Available

Elevation High Point: Not Available

Year Designated: 2016

Date Last Updated: 02/22/2018

 

Contact Information

Public Contact:
Sarah Hippensteel Hall
Manager, Watershed Partnerships
Miami Conservancy District
38 E MONUMENT AVE
DAYTON , OH 45402
937-223-1271
shippensteel@mcdwater.org

 

Related Webpages and Documents

Title Type Link
Dayton skyline. Photo by Jim Crotty. Photo View/Download
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Photo by Jim Crotty. Photo View/Download
Photo by Jim Crotty. Photo View/Download
Photo by Jim Crotty. Photo View/Download
Photo by Jim Crotty. Photo View/Download
The River Run Mural, completed in 2015 on a Miami Conservancy District floodwall. Photo by Andy Snow. Photo View/Download
Stillwater Water Trail map Website View/Download
Mad River Water Trail map Website View/Download
Great Miami River map Website View/Download
Great Miami River Water Trail homepage Website View/Download

 

 

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