Loveland Paddlesports

The Castle

Adventure!

Our popular paddling adventure takes you by the Historic Loveland Castle!

Closed for the Season!
We’ll be back on the River in the Spring of 2024

Reservation Details

Make your reservation online to guarantee your spot.

Average trip takes approximately 2-4 hours and travels 5 miles. This is an excellent trip for novices and experienced paddlers alike.

Check in at Loveland Paddlesports and let our friendly drivers transport you up to Carl Rahe Park where the adventure begins.

The leisurely paddle offers many opportunities for wildlife viewing and plenty of beaches to stop and hunt for fossils or enjoy a snack. 

Everything you need for a safe and enjoyable experience is included in the price. Top of the line life vests, paddles and kayaks are provided.

After the trip, enjoy the many restaurants, breweries and shops Loveland has to offer. All within a short walk from where you parked your car.

Hours of Operation

Please Note: Operations are subject to weather and river conditions. 
Please call 513-683-4611 or check our Facebook page for current status.

May 21st – Mid-September 7 days a week

9:00 AM – 6:00 PM (Last trip departs at 3:00 PM)
Trips departures on the 1/2 hour from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
All kayaks must be in by 6:00 PM

Mid September through Season’s End Weekends only

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM (last trip departs at 2:00 PM) Saturday and Sunday
Trips departure on the hour from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
All kayaks must be in by 5:00 PM

Late fees of $10 per boat for each ½ hour will apply.

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure to check in to receive equipment and safety instructions.

Rental Pricing

Price per Person = $37.00
(Weekends add $5.00 per person)

Holidays Price per Person = $45.00

Early Bird Special – Save $3.00 per person on our 9:00 AM and 9:30 AM trips.
We feature high quality, stable and fun to paddle Jackson Solo Kayaks and Tandem Kayaks for your adventure.

Schools, Scouts, Church Groups and Non-Profits

We have special rates for school, scouts, Church Groups and non-profits. Please contact us at 513-683-4611 and we will assist you with planning your trip. All non-profits must provide a current tax exempt form to qualify for the discount.

Book your group outing today!

Kid Friendly (Ages 5+)

We encourage families to take their children on the Castle Adventure as this is the perfect length trip for families. The trip gives guests a great view of the Historic Loveland Castle and provides plenty of beautiful scenery.  All participants must be at least 5 years old and a minimum of 40 pounds at this time.

No Dogs or Pets

We love our furry friends! However, we regret that we are no longer able to allow dogs or pets on our kayak trips due to changes in our insurance policy.

Personal Watercraft Policy

Due to a change in our insurance coverage we are no longer providing transport of personal watercraft. Local Public access spots in downtown Loveland include Bishop and Nisbet Park

Kayak and Canoe Replacement Costs

Tandem Kayak = $800.00
Kayak = $450.00
Paddle = $50.00
Life Jacket = $50.00

Alcohol Policy

Alcohol and river activities like kayaking and swimming– DON’T MIX. Your judgment and abilities will be diminished by alcohol. Exposure to summer sun intensifies the effects. For customer safety, we reserve the right to inspect the contents of all coolers and refuse service based upon the presence of alcohol and any glass containers. The City of Loveland and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Watercraft are taking a strong stance against drinking in public and while on the water.

What to Bring on Your Trip

To help make your trip all the more pleasurable, we suggest bringing some or all of the following items.

  • Plenty of drinking water (preferably in reusable plastic containers)
  • Weather and river appropriate clothing and shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, sun coverage
  • Soft Soled Shoes or Sandals with Heel Straps
  • Small cooler with non-alcoholic drinks permitted
  • No Dogs Allowed
  • No Alcohol, Glass or Styrofoam

All paddlers must be at least 5 years old and a minimum of 40 pounds for all trips on the Little Miami River.

Paddling Safety Tips

Paddling is a great way to get some exercise and enjoy nature. In order to ensure your safety, we recommend you read these tips before starting your adventure.

  1. IMPORTANT – Always wear your life jacket
  2. Make sure you bring drinking water and stay hydrated!
  3. Check the weather forecast before you leave and pack accordingly.
  4. Know the water conditions. Sometimes the river will be high, low.
  5. Never paddle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  6. Know your paddling abilities and plan your outing accordingly.
  7. Avoid fallen trees and other in-stream obstructions.
  8. Do not stand up in a canoe or kayak, and avoid weight shifts that may cause capsize.
  9. Always carry identification that includes your name, phone number, pertinent medical information, and emergency contact information (preferably in a waterproof bag. You can also store your cell phone and camera in the bag as well.
  10. Inform others of your trip plan.

Stewardship and Etiquette

For your safety and the protection of the scenic and historic Little Miami River, please do not bring any glass containers or styrofoam coolers (they are bad for the environment).

  1. Please do not litter.
  2. Do your part to keep the river clean so the next person can have the same experience.
  3. Leave the river and shoreline cleaner than you find them.
  4. Leave rocks and plants as you find them.
  5. Respect wildlife; stay clear of nests, dens, and rookeries.
  6. Please do not share your food with animals (Human food is unhealthy for wildlife).
  7. Avoid taking disposable containers; take it in, take it out.
  8. Be considerate of others.
  9. Give fishermen a wide berth.

Watch This Video

We want everyone to have fun and enjoy their time on the river. We also want everyone to stay safe and secure during their trip. Proper safety is important for you and your fellow paddlers. Whether you’re a first timer or a seasoned pro, it’s important to understand proper safety when it comes to kayaking and canoeing.

As part of your waiver release form, you will be required to watch this short video provided by the America Outdoors Association.

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