10th Annual Great Ohio River Paddle (GORP) -
A New Dam Experience...MARKLAND
Saturday, September 14 - Sunday, September 15, 2013
Enjoy the river at its most beautiful time of year!
Paddle it. Protect It!
Great Ohio River Paddle
Great Ohio River Paddle is a unique paddling experience. This trip provides an unsurpassed opportunity to gain an understanding of the Ohio River system and develop a lifelong love of river travel via canoe or kayak.
In 2012, paddlers GORP raised $8,000 to support ORF programs! Thanks go out to them and our key sponsors, Toyota Motor Sales, Tradewinds Beverages, and Whole Foods.
The Ohio River is a river of contrasts. For miles wildlife and wilderness are the only scenery. At times you'll see great blue herons and kingfishers. You may see shiners skipping and jumping out of the water as you glide past. Then, as you near the towns and cities of the Ohio, manmade scenery dots the skyline.
GORP provides people the opportunity to enjoy the Ohio. The trip is suitable for people who are relatively new to canoe and kayak paddling, and also experienced folks.
GORP is a multi-day paddling event to:
- Get people out on the river to see it and learn about it first hand
- Promote the importance of conserving and protecting rivers
- Celebrate the river and heritage of riverside communities
- Raise funds for the programs of the non-profit Ohio River Foundation
Should you go? Yes!
Everyone should go. You need not be an expert paddler, but we do require that people have experience on moving water, or have taken instruction with moving water. Normally, Ohio River currents average less than 2 knots. The Ohio is a perfect river for a wide range of experience.
Participants only need to bring their own gear, personal items, and canoe or kayaking equipment. We provide the rest: meals, shuttle, on-river education, evening speakers, camaraderie, safety paddlers, camp fees, and much more! So, join us for the experience of a lifetime! Paddle it! Protect it! Paddle the Ohio!