Wide Open Water


Wide Open Water


Image of the bow of a kayak on a lake in Great Parks of Hamilton County

Organized pursuits

Start your off-land life at the harbor!

Water activities are calling you to come out and engage with our fleet of boats — from motorized to manual, start with a lesson or jump right into a rental and set sail.

Explore any of our three harbors at Sharon Woods, Winton Woods or Miami Whitewater Forest to cast a line, play along the edge habitats, or enjoy a day’s worth of lakeside wonder.

Ask about how to choose from the variety of boats available: kayak, canoe, row boat, pontoon boats or pedal boats — we’ll be sure to send you off safely with confidence.

Boathouse at Winton Woods harbor

Blueway your way

Bring your own vessel and plan your pace!

If you are lucky enough to have your own watercraft or flotation device, the options for self-paced activities along our region’s blueways open up.

With four blueways (just like a hiking trail, but on water!) — our destinations boast 100+ miles of river corridor and 1,000+ acres of waterfront land, so you can find ample access points. Try Woodland Mound’s Steamboat Bend to access the Ohio Blueway. Lake Isabella offers double the fun with pay-lake fishing on one side and access to the Little Miami Blueway on the other. Venture to Campbell Lakes to access the Whitewater Blueway through a chain of waterways. Or, for no-fuss family fun, try the fan favorite — Bass Island for a lazing tubing or half-day kayak trip.

Ask about how you can engage in a new view to join the entire community of paddlers and power-boaters along the extensive blueway system.

Solo person in a canoe on a fog shrouded lake

Shallow surprises

Find life in the smaller bodies of water!

Water seekers aren’t always looking for thrills, so we’ve got something for the chill ones too — center yourself by a creek, at a pond’s edge or near a lakeside cove.

The best creeking can be found at Richardson Preserve’s marshlands or Sharon Woods at Sharon Creek that runs through the park. Shallow discovery of insects, salamanders and crawdads is plentiful in the ponds and streams at Miami Whitewater Forest on the Dry Fork Creek or along the Kingfisher Trail at Winton Woods.

Ask about how to prepare for your shallow water connections to enjoy the abundance of microbiological life while respecting the delicate balance to maintain its future existence.

Rocks near the bank of a river
Reeds near the shore of a lake with trees in the background

Discover your hidden nature

Never before has our community been so aware of big land benefits. Out here, the transformative force of nature, that lives within us and around us, is activated. We’re putting the power of wild and the promise of well within reach.