Approximately 30 individuals will be paddling their way to Rising Sun in several 30-foot voyager canoes on Thursday, June 6.  Members of River City Paddle Sports, REI Cincinnati and the Ohio River Recreational Trail Committee will arrive at the old boat ramp on Front Street around 3 pm.  They will take a tour of our riverfront and Main Street then paddle down to Arnold’s Creek where they will camp for the night at Denver Siekman Park.

This is part of a four-day trip, which began in Cincinnati, to raise funds for the Ohio River Recreational Watertrail.  The group is gathering local data, photos and stories at their various stops which, when the trip resumes Friday, will include Vevay, Carrollton, Madison and Westport (KY) before ending in Louisville.

The proposed paddle and bike trail the Ohio River Recreational Trail is supporting covers 274 miles connecting Portsmouth, OH to Louisville, KY.  According to the group’s Facebook page, the Ohio River recreational trail will:

  • Promote tourism, safety, respect for private lands, and a “Leave No Trace” ethic while facilitating both long distance and local paddling, power boating, fishing and cycling along the Ohio River.
  • Provide increased access to the Ohio by collaborating with local governments, recreation organizations and commercial user groups.
  • Coordinate with county and municipal travel and tourism entities to ensure the largest possible impact on retail, lodging and food sales while providing a high-quality experience for paddlers, cyclists, anglers and boaters.
  • Work with the state wildlife and natural resources agencies in Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio to promote Ohio River fishing, boating, hunting, cycling, bird watching and nature appreciation.

To learn more about the organization and the recreational trail, visit the Ohio River Recreational Trail on Facebook.