11th Anniversary Great Ohio River Paddle
October 25, 2014
Come join us for an exciting day enjoying cool temperatures, beautiful fall foliage, while paddling on three rivers, visiting the Oxbow and the storied Ghost Ship! A true GORP-packed adventure unlike any other paddling event!
Register early for discount (see details below)!
The Great Ohio River Paddle 2014 (GORP 2014) is an unique event to educate people about conservation and raise money to protect and improve the water quality in the watershed.
As a GORP paddler you will be accompanied by a guide who will share their knowledge of the river system and local ecology. Many have intimate knowledge and up-to-date information in their areas of expertise. Come explore, learn, and have fun!
How do like your GORP?
(PARTICIPATION IS LIMITED TO A MAXIMUM OF 200 PADDLERS).
Paddlers will be able to select from 2 different paddling "pods" for a more personal experience:
- EcoPod -- Our most popular Pod. Paddlers learn about the ecology of the Ohio River and its watershed from ORF educators as they paddle on the main stem of the Ohio River and one or two beautiful tributaries.
- AdventurePod – Paddlers will have a similar ecologically informative experience as the EcoPod paddlers, however, they will explore more by paddling up to 5 additional miles (upstream on the Great Miami River, Tanners Creek, and/or Ohio River).
You select a Pod when you register.
Paddlers on a tributary trip.
The Paddle location and approxinate day mileage is:
- Saturday, October 25th. Leave from Tanners Creek boat launch, Lawrenceberg, Indiana. Paddle downstream to the Ohio River, then up the Ohio to Great Miami RIver and the Oxbow, and then back down to the Ohio RIver and on to the Ghost Ship, then back to the put-in on Tanners Creek. (total mileage 10 - 15 miles, depending upon PaddlePod selection)
GORP is a fundraising event to help support efforts to restore and protect water quality. An important way you can help make this extraordinary event even more exciting (and helping ORF raise these important funds) is by letting friends, family, and local businesses support our efforts. You can do this by participating in the fundraising feature of the event and earn fabulous prizes!!!.
It's very easy and we have 3 ways you can raise funds. As one option, we even have a relationship with a firm (www.firstgiving.com) where you can create you own personal fundraising page!! (It only takes 5 minutes!) Please visit our Paddle-A-Thon page for more information and to view the paddler premiums.
Fee includes: Sumptuously delicious lunch, guide fees, safety paddlers/guides, drinking water, snacks, and all the logistical details handled by GORP.
REGISTER By July 31 : $40
REGISTER August 1 to October 18 : $50
REGISTRATION CLOSES October 18
PLEASE - consider fundraising above the registration fee as we are offering really great prizes and it means more money to support our work!
Camping and Amenities
Lunch will be provided for you, as a boxed lunch. There will be both meat and vegetarian options (must be requested prior to trip). Gorp/Snack foods will be available at the beginning of the day.
A Typical Day (view prior GORP photos)
Paddlers can expect to cover an average of 2-3 miles per hour paddling down the river. Expect to paddle 4-5 hours on Saturday. A lunch break will be held around midday.
Prior Experience and Other Important Information
Paddlers must have some prior paddling experience on moving water (i.e., not beginners) within the last 2 years. (If you want, to gain some experience before GORP you can take a skills course at a Canoe & Kayak School like that run by the Sierra Club - Miami Group.) Commercial ships and tug and barge combinations will be sharing the river with us, along with numerous large pleasure craft. We will avoid the shipping channel at all times, except for scheduled channel crossings. You should be able to handle modest waves and wakes (less than two feet), be able to paddle into a strong head wind for the day and be able to perform self and assisted rescues as the victim or the rescuer (we'll teach you, if necessary).
Requirements for Participants 17 and under
Minors need to paddle with an adult in their boat, have the ability to swim, and have wet rescue training or experience. Any minor that can't paddle needs to have 2 adults in their boat.
If you have questions about any requirements, give us a call (or e-mail) and we will be happy to discuss with you about whether or not your experience is adequate or a class is appropriate.
Paddling boats of the recommended minimum lengths will make it easier for you to paddle the long distances and help keep the group together. Boats lengths recommended: at least 9 feet long for single or two-person kayaks, and at least 14 feet long for canoes. All paddlers are expected to carry and provide their own safety gear (including Coast Guard approved PFD). All canoes must have 2 paddlers. You must provide your own kayak or canoe and paddling and camping gear (including tent). NO INFLATABLE BOATS.
Unfortunately, no cats, dogs, or other pets allowed on GORP. Sorry.
Site Location and Driving Directions
- Saturday put-in: Tanners Creek Public Boat Ramp. Located in Lawrenceburg, IN about 35 miles west of downtown Cincinnati on Route 50. Tanner's Creek Drive, Lawrenceburg, IN 47025. The coordinates are: 39°04'56.6"N 84°52'21.2"W.
Transportation and Parking
This is an out and back paddle. Thus, no shuttle is necessary.
While we believe that the parking at this location is safe, we cannot guarantee the security of your vehicle. Please do not plan to leave any valuables in your vehicle.
Registered GORP paddler check-in begins at 7:30am. Boats will begin launching around 9am after safety talk.
Before GORP begins on October 25th, you might want to get there the day before. Maybe it's a long drive. Maybe you want to sample the local town ambience. If you try at an unauthorized location to camp the police may find different overnight accommodations for you. (We'll do some research and let registered paddlers know of options.)