Canoeing is still cool

Kayaking has grown in popularity, but nothing compares to the nostalgia and comradery of sharing a canoe with a friend. But before you hit the water for a day of togetherness, get your safety skills in check with Great Parks’ American Canoe Association (ACA) certified instructors.

ACA Quick Start:
Sat 7/8, 9 a.m.–noon or Sat 8/5, 9 a.m.–noon
    • Focuses on basic safety practices, essential gear and paddling techniques.
    • All equipment is provided. For adults and children ages 12 and up.
   • Winton Woods/Adventure Outpost ($35/person, register by 3 days in advance)

Rescue Skills: Sat 8/5, 1–3 p.m.
    • Advance your paddling skills with essential information and in-water rescue practice opportunities.
    • All equipment is provided. For adults and children ages 12 and up
    • Winton Woods/Adventure Outpost ($35/person, register by 8/2)

Introductory Skills: Little Miami River: Sat 8/19, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
    • Practice skills, learn about river features, hazards and introductory river maneuvers
    • For graduates of a ACA Quick Start and Rescue Skills canoe class. For ages 14 and up.
    • Lake Isabella/Canoe Kayak Launch ($50/person, register by 8/16)

To register and learn more about canoe and kayak classes, certified instructors and teambuilding opportunities, got to

A valid Motor Vehicle Permit is required to enter the parks. Cost for residents of Hamilton County: $10 annual/$3 daily; other visitors: $14 annual/$5 daily. Otto Armleder Memorial Park and Fernbank Park are cooperative ventures with the City of Cincinnati; a Motor Vehicle Permit is not required.

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