Ohio River Paddlefest

Saturday, Aug 4, 2018 at 6:45am


Bring your SUP, Kayak, Prone, or Canoe and join the The Explore Kentucky Initiative , Project 908 and Stand Up Paddle Cincinnati, for the biggest Kentucky Waterman Series event of the season at the world famous Ohio River Paddlefest 2018.

Race Distances:
SUP 4 the Cup Race (9 Miles)
NatiNKY Nine Mile - (9 Mile Race)
Race to the Roebling ( 4.2 Miles Race)
Kayak/SUP Demo

Racers will receive:
- Finishers medal
- Paddlefest T-Shirt

Event Schedule:

6:00-7:30 a.m. – FREE Parking and optional early shuttle from take-out at Gilday Riverside Park (free parking) to Schmidt Recreation Complex put-in (NO shuttle service after 7:30 am from Gilday Riverside Park to Schmidt).

6:00-8:30 a.m. – On-site registration, packet pick-up, and boat drop off at Schmidt (free parking)

6:45 a.m. – Racers enter water

7:00-8:30 a.m. – Paddlers put-in and depart

8:00 a.m. – Deadline to claim rental boats

8:30 a.m. – Put-in closes

8:30-10:45 a.m. – Mill Creek Mile (30 min. round trip paddle, including the Barrier Dam and the MSD plant). Check out this preview of the trip!

9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. – Finish Line Festival at Gilday Riverside Park (music, food trucks, vendors/exhibitors, & craft beer)

9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. – Shuttle buses run back to Schmidt put-in

9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. – Boat pick-up at Gilday Riverside Park

11:00 a.m. – Presentation of race awards at Gilday Riverside Park

12:00 p.m. – Deadline for all boats to take-out at Gilday Riverside Park

12:00 p.m. – Ohio River reopens to barge and power boat traffic

2:00 p.m. – Last shuttle bus leaves Gilday Riverside Park for Schmidt put-in

2:00 p.m. – Deadline to pick up boats at Gilday Riverside Park take-out

Registration Cost:

January 1 - March 1

"Winter Special" 20% discount on registration = $40 Recreational Race. $50 Nine Mile Race

March 2 - July 31 (Standard Rate) = $50 Recreational Race. $60 Nine Mile Race

Online registration closes on July 31. 

August 2 - 4 (on-site registration)

"Standard Rate" + $10 on-site processing fee = $60 Recreational Race, $70 Nine Mile Race