Kayabiking – combining kayaking and biking

Kayabiking is a term Steve & Andy Long started using in the 1990s to describe their practice of using one gas-powered vehicle to float streams in the Cincinnati area. It’s a relatively simple idea
  • Take bikes, leave them at our river take-out and lock them there
  • Drive kayaks upstream and start the adventure
  • At take-out, unlock bikes, lock kayaks at that location
  • Bike back up to vehicle
  • Drive down to pick up kayaks


Little Miami River – resources

Water levels near Milford

An excellent summary of the Little Miami from Tom Martin (Wittenburg University)
River Distances from Todd Sanders
Bike Trail Yellow Springs to Xenia
Bike Trail Beavercreek to Xenia
Directions to Bass Island in Newtown
Scenic River Excursions – Newtown, OH
Google Map for Kelley’s Nature Center

LittleMiamiStatePark.org – Friends of the Little Miami State Park

Little Miami Trail closures phone number: 513.552.7030 (mostly in 35 mile marker area near Peter’s Cartridge Co.) Info also on LittleMiamiStatePark.org

Water safety along the Little Miami River

East Fork State Park

An excellent location for wildlife and fishing – see MAP HERE or go to their website

  • Main boat launch for park is nice but the motor boat traffic can be substantial, especially on the weekends
  • Reisinger Road Launch – power boat launch but more remote than the main launch. Functional restrooms here (NOT flushable toilets – you get the idea, right?)  🙂
  • Tunnel Mill Ramp – hard to find (NO SIGNS so see MAP HERE) but worth it if you want to kayak or canoe in a remote section of the lake. No restrooms at this location other than the great outdoors

Great Miami River – resources

The Miami Conservancy District website has some good Great Miami information

Download .pdf maps of the river and the maps they send for free are nice poster-size maps.

Oxbow site near Lawrenceburg, IN (map HERE)

Other Good Locations

Kentucky Palisades
Paddling.net Places to Paddle
Licking River – Wilderness Trails in Ryland Heights

Toccoa River in northern Georgia (Daryl Kn. reference)

Packing Lists

Wild for Wednesday Kayabiking Participants
For Steve

Websites to check water levels

Water Data from USGS – anything over 300 cfs (cubic feet per second) is a cut-off for going into the water for stream monitoring
Little Miami near Milford – water levels
Maumee River water levels at Waterville

American Whitewater

Excellent weather radar for checking what weather will be like for your kayabike efforts


Launch sites – nice app for finding paddling launch sites (iphone here)