Where to Rent Kayaks and Canoes Around Cincinnati

Ready for a fun outdoor adventure on the water?

Kayaking and canoeing are such a fun way to spend time outside making memories with family or friends. 

I’m sharing great kayak and canoe rental options within close proximity to Cincinnati to help you find a location near you.

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Tips Before You Rent a Kayak or Canoe 

Many of these kayak and canoe rental businesses have modified their trips and rental options due to new COVID- 19 safety policies.

Before you visit, I would highly recommend visiting the individual website listed or calling the kayak rental businesses ahead of time.

Some of the businesses have limited operations or they might be opening later in the season. 

It’s important to double-check age restrictions if you are trying to rent a kayak or canoe to share with your family.

Online reservations for rentals can fill up quickly. It’s best to know their river conditions, modifications, and trip options before you arrive. 

Save time and fill out your waivers online. 

Ask About the Current Rental Options Available

Depending on the specific outfitter, COVID 19 restrictions, and season, you may be able to rent a kayak, canoe, raft, or tube. 

Rafts and tubes can be really slow depending on the water levels.  

Kayaks tend to be easier to steer than canoes when it comes to paddling down a river. My recommendation is to ride solo when you can. 

Check the Weather Before You Go

When you pick a date for your canoe trip, you’ll also want to check the weather forecast near the rental livery. Unfortunately, weather forecasts can be wrong and it’s important to double-check the forecast the day of.

Hopefully, that information will help you to try to avoid being on the water during a pop-up storm. 

Morgan's Canoe and Outdoor Adventure

River Trips in Ohio With Kayak or Canoe Rentals

The majority of kayak and canoe rental businesses around Cincinnati can be found in Ohio.

Experience scenic kayaking from different entry points on portions of the Great Miami River, Little Miami River, Whitewater River, or Ohio River. 

Morgan Canoe Livery & Outdoor Adventures

There are 3 Morgan’s Outdoor Adventure Locations- (2 in Ohio and 1 in Indiana)

Ft. Ancient Location

5701 OH-350, Oregonia, OH

Riverside Location

6262 Gilmour Rd, Morrow, OH


Green Acres Canoe and Kayak Rental

10465 Suspension Bridge Rd, Harrison, OH 

(513) 353-4770

Jimcos Kayak rental

Scenic River Canoe Excursions

4595 Round Bottom Rd, Cincinnati, OH

(513) 576-9000

Fifty West Canoe & Kayak

7605 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati, OH 

(513) 479-0337

Tippecanoe and Kayaks Too

9630 Hamilton Cleves Pike Rd, Harrison, OH 

(513) 290-8574

kayaks by the river

River Dogs Paddlesports

110 Ferry St, Milford, OH 

(513) 748-3647

Bellbrook Canoe Rental

3234 Washington Mill Rd, Bellbrook, OH

(937) 848-4812

Rivers Edge Canoe & Kayak Outfitters

3928 US-42, Waynesville, OH 

(937) 903-6468

Little Miami Canoe Rental

225 Corwin Rd, Oregonia, OH


family kayaking on the river

River Trips in Indiana With Kayak or Canoe Rentals 

About an hour from downtown Cincinnati, there are a few canoe and kayak rental businesses in Brookville, Indiana.

Whitewater Canoe Rental

1154 Main St, Brookville, IN 

(800) 634-4277

Morgan’s Outdoor Adventures

7040 Whitewater River Ln, Brookville, IN

(765) 647-4904

Boat rental at Winton Woods

Parks with Kayak, Boat, or Canoe Rentals

Cincinnati has several local parks that also offer watercraft rentals for guests to enjoy time on the water. 

Winton Woods Boathouse

10245 Winton Rd, Cincinnati, OH

(513) 931-1849

Sharon Woods Boathouse

Sharon Woods Lake Bike and Walking Path, Sharonville, OH 

(513) 769-4326

Lake Isabella Boat House

10174 Loveland-Madeira Road, Loveland, OH 

(513) 791-1663

kayak rental on the river

What to Wear for a Kayak or Canoe Trip

  • Apply Sunscreen before you arrive
  • Water shoes or Water shoes
  • Sunglasses with an adjustable strap
  • Hat
  • Swimsuit or Dri Fit Athletic Clothing
  • Waterproof Phone Pouch

What to Pack for a Canoe or Kayak Trip

Ways to Save on a Kayak or Canoe Rental in Cincinnati

You can find deals to help save money on your next kayak or canoe adventure with the following tips. 

  • Sign up for business emails to learn about upcoming specials, discount codes and coupons for kayak/canoe rentals
  • Follow the business on social media
  • Check deal sites for Discounts: CincySavers, Groupon, Perkopolis, CincySavers

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