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Ohio River Paddlefest

August 3

Bring your SUP, kayak, canoe, tandem, or prone and join The Explore Kentucky Initiative and Stand Up Paddle Cincinnati for the biggest event in the Kentucky Waterman Series at the Ohio River Paddlefest. This is not a USCA race.

Racers will be a part of the nation’s largest paddling celebration, leading over 2,200 recreational paddlers down a closed course on the Ohio River, passing through downtown Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

Race entry includes all Ohio River Paddlefest perks, like free shuttles, and invitation to the Paddler’s Party on Friday

All proceeds from Paddlefest, including the races, support Adventure Crew and their work with 22 schools and 1,000+ city teens, exposing them to regular outdoor recreation at no-cost to students.

Paddlefest races will follow the Kentucky Waterman Series classifications for paddlecraft with youth, mens, and womens divisions.  The short distance race, Race to the Roebling, is for SUPs only!

  • SUP 14′ and under
  • High Performance Kayak (18’1”+)
  • Fast Sea Kayak (16’1” – 18”)
  • Sea Kayak (14′ -16′)
  • Kayak (under 14′)
  • Solo Canoe (includes outrigger)
  • Tandem Kayak*
  • Tandem Canoe* (includes OC-2)
  • Prone

*All paddlers must complete registration


Race Organizer

Kentucky Waterman Series
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Schmidt Boat Launch Ramp
2944 Humbert Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45226 United States
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