Little Miami River Summary – Tom Martin, Wittenburg University

Note – River Miles, that is, water distance from mouth of river to each waypoint, are given in red
• DAM – in Clifton at the head of the gorge. NO PORTAGE – ILLEGAL TO PADDLE FROM ABOVE THE DAM TO JOHN BRYAN STATE PARK THROUGH THE GORGE

86.4 John Bryan State Park at bend below lower picnic area, 0.1 mile carry, access river right (seasonal paddling)
GPS – N 39o 47.134 W 83o 51.780
Parking Lot
Restrooms
Camping – fee
Picnicking
Water

nbsp; 85.6 DAM (4 foot) for start of Grinnell Mill Race, portage river right
GPS – N 39o 46.969 W 83o 52.327

85.4 Grinnell Road Bridge, steep access river left downstream side of bridge
GPS – N 39o 46.965 W 83o 52.510
Pulloff
The Grinnell Mill Race enters on river right just below bridge. Yellow Springs Creek empties into the Little Miami on river right at River Mile 85.2. There is a covered bridge about 0.1 mile up Yellow Springs Creek in Glen Helen Nature Preserve of Antioch University.

83.1 Jacoby Road Launch, Morris Bean Reserve, Greene County Park District on river left. SR-72 to Clifton, 4 miles SW on Clifton Road, 0.5 mile NW on Jacoby Road to access. Also, US-68 to Clifton Road (4 miles south of Yellow Springs), 2 miles NE on Clifton Road,0.5 mile NW on Jacoby Road to access.
GPS – N 39o 45.834 W 83o 54.12
Parking Lot
Restrooms
Camping – permission required, fee
Picnicking
Primitive camping by permit at least one day in advance from Greene County Park District, 651 Dayton-Xenia Road, Xenia, OH 45385, (937) 562-7440, $10/day, 3 day limit.

80.8 Little Miami Scenic Trail Bridge (Yellow Springs–Xenia bike path over old railroad bridge)
GPS – N 39o 44.832 W 83o 55.714
80.6 US-68 bridge north of Xenia, roadside access river left
GPS – N 39o 44.889 W 83o 55.858
Roadside Parking
Sign under US-68 states mile 82.3

80.5 DAM (2 foot) – portage river right
GPS – N 39o 44.731 W 83o 56.006

80.0 SR-235 Bridge
GPS – N 39o 44.451 W 83o 56.197

77.7 Fairgrounds Road Bridge, access river left under bridge
GPS – N 39o 43.450 W 83o 57.822
Pulloff
Sign under Fairgrounds Road Bridge states mile 78.4
Downstream – foot bridge between houses N 39o 43.038 W 83o 58.161
Look for very large red, white, and blue tires on left (end of Kil-Kare drag strip) at River Mile 76.4 Downstream, bear right to avoid strainer

75.6 Trebein Bridge, intersection of Old Dayton-Xenia Road and Hilltop Road, emergency access only
GPS – N 39o 42.454 W 83o 59.261

74.9 Creekside Trail Bridge (Dayton-Xenia bike path, also called the H connector bike path, over old railroad bridge)
GPS – N 39o 42.418 W 83o 59.931

74.5 Glenn Thompson Reserve, Jacobs Landing, Eagle Pass Canoe Launch, Greene County Park District, access river left just before US 35-Bridge, 3 miles W of Xenia at intersection of US-35 and North Valley Road
GPS – N 39o 42.086 W 83o 59.954
Parking Lot
Picnicking

72.3 Indian Ripple Road Bridge
GPS – N 39o 41.498 W 84o 01.710

72.2 Narrows Reserve Canoe Launch, Greene County Park District, 0.1 mile downstream from Indian Ripple Road Bridge, river right. US-35 to Factory Road, S to intersection at Indian Ripple Road. Miami Scenic River Interpretive Center and camping with permit 0.75 mile from launch.
GPS – N 39o 41.396 W 84o 01.739
Parking Lot
Restrooms
Camping – with permit 0.75 mile from launch, fee
Picnicking
Water
Primitive camping (no running water or bathrooms) by permit at least one day in advance from Greene County Park District, 651 Dayton-Xenia Road, Xenia, OH 45385, (937) 562-7440, $10/day, 3 day limit.

69.8 Upper Bellbrook Road Bridge, emergency access only
GPS – N 39o 39.726 W 84o 02.421
Sign under bridge states mile 70.6

68.5 Mill Bridge Launch, Greene County Park District, river right just before Washington Mills Road Bridge. SR-725 to Bellbrook, 2 miles N on Washington Mills Road, access just off Graf Mill Road
GPS – N 39o 38.710 W 84o 02.571
Parking Lot
Camping – with permission, fee
Picnicking
Sign under bridge states mile 69.3
Primitive camping by permit at least one day in advance from Greene County Park District, 651 Dayton-Xenia Road, Xenia, OH 45385, (937) 562-7440, $10/day, 3 day limit.

67.5 Bellbrook Canoe Rental (formerly Fyffe’s) access river right with permission. SR-725 to Bellbrook, N 1mile on Washington Mill Road
GPS – N 39o 38.538 W 84o 03.474
Parking Lot
Canoe Rentals
Restrooms
Picnicking
Water
Food – Snacks
Bellbrook Canoe Rental, 3234 Washington Mill Road, Bellbrook, OH 45305, (937) 848-4812

66.6 Lower Bellbrook Road Bridge, emergency access only
GPS – N 39o 37.985 W 84o 03.097

65.6 State Route-725 Bridge, emergency access only
GPS – N 39o 37.260 W 84o 03.023

63.3 Little Miami Reserve Launch, Sparr’s Landing, Constitution Park, Greene County Park District, access river left. US-42, N 0.25 mile on SR-725.
GPS – N 39o 36.370 W 84o 00.838
Parking Lot
Restrooms – Across street
Camping – with permission, fee
Picnicking
Primitive camping by permit at least one day in advance from Greene County Park District, 651 Dayton-Xenia Road, Xenia, OH 45385, (937) 562-7440, $10/day, 3 day limit.
Restrooms across SR-725 at Walton Park (Spring Valley City Ball Fields)

63.0 US-42 bridge, emergency access only
GPS – N 39o 36.122 W 84o 00.833
Sign under bridge states mile 63.7

60.8 Ohio Spring Valley Wildlife area launch site just E of Roxanna-New Burlington Road bridge, bridge is just E of Roxanna off US-42, access river left 0.1 mile past bridge
GPS – N 39o 34.961 W 84o 01.777
Parking Lot

60.1 RiversEdge Canoe Livery, access river right with permission, 4 miles N of Waynesville on US-42
GPS – N 39o 34.505 W 84o 01.937
Parking Lot
Canoe Rentals
Restrooms
Picnicking
Water
Food – Snacks
RiversEdge Canoe Livery, 3928 St. Rt. 42 S., Waynesville, OH 45068, 1-800-628-2319 or (937) 862-4540,

55.3 DAM (4-foot), portage river left. Access from New Burlington Road 1 mile N of Harveysburg Hill Road bridge in Corwin
GPS – N 39o 31.900 W 84o 03.845
Pulloff
The short portage is not obvious and has brush, trees, and rocks to negotiate.

54.4 Harveysburg Hill Road Bridge in Corwin, access river left just before bridge. Facilities 0.25 mile E in Corwin along Little Miami Scenic Trail. US-42 to Waynesville, 0.5 mile E on Harveysburg Hill Road.
GPS – N 39o 31.632 W 84o 04.802
Parking Lot
Restrooms
Picnicking
Water
Food
Bowman Park Warren County, 0.25 mile W, picnicking and restrooms

53.8 SR-73 Bridge, emergency access only
GPS – N 39o 31.506 W 84o 05.268

51.2 Caesar Creek Access, Little Miami State Park, access river left just before Middletown Road covered bridge.
GPS – N 39o 29.890 W 84o 06.031
Parking Lot
50.9 Caesar Creek enters Little Miami

47.7 Oregonia Road Bridge in Oregonia, emergency access only
GPS – N 39o 27.299 W 84o 05.888

45.9 Little Miami Canoe Rental Old Mill Base (formerly Gordon’s), access river left with permission. I-71 Exit 36 (Wilmington Road), 1 mile W to Mathers Mill, 0.1 mile N on Corwin Road.
GPS – N 39o 25.917 W 84o 06.144
Parking Lot
Canoe Rentals
Restrooms
Camping – fee
Picnicking
Water
Food – Snacks
Little Miami Canoe Rental, 219 Mill Street (St. Rte 123), Morrow, OH 45152, 1-800-634-4277 or (513) 899-3616, http://www.littlemiamicanoe.com

45.7 Mathers Mill Access, Little Miami State Park, access river left at Wilmington Road Bridge. I-71 Exit 36 (Wilmington Road), 1mile W to Mathers Mill.
GPS – N 39o 25.765 W 84o 06.315
Parking Lot

44.7 I-71 Bridge
GPS – N 39o 25.185 W 84o 06.235

43.7 Fort Ancient Access, Little Miami State Park, access river left just past SR-350 bridge. I-71 Exit 32, SR-123 0.25 mile S to SR-350 E, 3 miles to bridge. Parking lot and canoe access. Morgan’s Fort Ancient Canoe Livery located adjacent to Access
GPS – N 39o 24.385 W 84o 06.017
Parking Lot
Canoe Rentals
Restrooms
Picnicking
Water
Food
Morgan’s Ft. Ancient Canoe Livery, 5701 State Route-350, Oregonia, OH 45054, 1-800-932-2663 or (513) 932-7658, http://www.morganscanoe.com

41.5 Strout Road Bridge, Morgan’s Riverside Park, access river right just before bridge with permission
GPS – N 39o 22.753 W 84o 05.569
Parking Lot
Canoe Rentals
Restrooms
Camping – Campground # 513-899-2166; $10 per boat; Livery to Stubbs Mill.
Picnicking
Water
Food

38.6 Little Miami Canoe Rental, at SR-123 bridge (Mill Street) in Morrow, access river left just past bridge with permission.
GPS – N 39o 21.383 W 84o 07.744
Parking Lot
Canoe Rentals
Restrooms
Camping – fee
Picnicking
Water
Food – Snacks
Little Miami Canoe Rental, 219 Mill Street (SR-123), Morrow, OH 45152, 1-800-634-4277 or (513) 899-3616, http://www.littlemiamicanoe.com

38.5 Morgan’s Canoe Livery Access, with permission – river right
Todd Fork enters Little Miami – river left

37.0 Halls Creek Access, Little Miami State Park – river right. Entrance on Mason-Morrow-Millgrove Road (CR-38) just E of intersection with Halls Creek Road
GPS – N 39o 21.944 W 84o 09.330
Parking Lot

36.0 Stubbs Mill Road Bridge, emergency access only
GPS – N 39o 21.796 W 84o 10.434

33.4 Roger’s Ball Park at Hobart and High in South Lebanon, access river right just upstream of Main Street Bridge
GPS – N 39o 22.056 W 84o 12.932
Parking Lot
Picnicking

33.3 Bruce’s Canoe Access off Main Street in South Lebanon, access river left just past Main Street Bridge with permission
GPS – N 39o 22.093 W 84o 13.116
Roadside Parking – Customers Only

32.9 SR-48 Bridge, emergency access only
GPS – N 39o 22.126 W 84o 13.492
Sign under bridge states mile 33

32.1. Old Penn Central Railroad Bridge

30.7 Grandin Road Bridge at Kings Mills, emergency access only
GPS – N 39o 21.108 W 84o 14.554

28.2 Old 3C Bridge in Foster – facilities river left
GPS – N 39o 19.315 W 84o 15.143
Parking Lot – Hamilton Township
Restrooms
Picnicking – with permission
Water
Food
Train Stop Restaurant river left just before bridge.

28.1 New 3C Bridge (SR-3 & US-22) in Foster
GPS – N 39o 19.215 W 84o 15.144

27.9 Carl A. Rahe Access (formerly Glenn Island Public Access), Little Miami State Park, access river right 0.2 mile past new 3C Bridge in Foster. Entrance on Old 3C highway under new 3C Bridge.
GPS – N 39o 19.096 W 84o 15.114
Parking Lot
Restrooms
Picnicking

23.9 Bishop City Park in Loveland, access river right just past West Loveland Ave. Bridge, restrooms/water/food across bridge. STEEP ROADWAY DOWN TO LAUNCH – ONLY 1 PARKING PLACE THERE!
GPS – N 39o 16.105 W 84o 15.662
Roadside Parking
Restrooms – ACROSS BRIDGE
Picnicking
Water – ACROSS BRIDGE
Food – ACROSS BRIDGE

23.7 Bruce’s Loveland Canoe Rental at Carl Brown and Crutchfield Place in Loveland, access river left, just past railroad bridge, with permission.
GPS – N 39o 15.987 W 84o 15.634
Parking Lot
Canoe Rentals
Restrooms
Camping – fee THEY DO NOT HAVE CAMPING HERE!
Picnicking
Water
Food
Bruce’s Canoe Rental, 200 Carl Brown Way, Loveland, OH 45140, (513) 683-4611 or 683-4604

21.5 Branch Hill-Guinea Road Bridge, emergency access only
GPS – N 39o 14.801 W 84o 17.691

20.9 I-275 Bridge

20.6 Lake Isabella Park, Hamilton County Park District, access river right 0.25 mile past I-275 Bridge. I-275 Exit 52, 0.5 mile S on Loveland Road, nominal fee required.
GPS – N 39o 14.150 W 84o 17.964
Parking Lot
Restrooms
Picnicking
Water

18.1 SR-126 Bridge, Remington Rd, access river left
GPS – 39o 12.502 W 84o 19.116

17.7 Kelley Nature Preserve, Clermont County Park District, canoe launch just W of Miamiville off SR-126
GPS – N 39o 12.547 W 84o 18.385
Parking Lot
Restrooms
Picnicking

17.0 SR-126 Bridge (Miamiville Road) and bike path bridge
GPS – N 39o 12.647 W 84o 17.602

15.0 Access at end of Lincoln Road off SR-126 just E of Camp Dennison, DAV Ballfield just S of put-in
GPS – N 39o 11.679 W 84o 16.909
Roadside Parking

13.5 Access river left just N of American Legion Ballfield in Milford with permission
GPS – N 39o 10.685 W 84o 17.671

13.0 Canoe Launch at Jim Terrell Park, City of Milford, just S of US-50 and SR-28 Bridge in Milford, access river right. Also site of Little Miami River Excursions Company (formerly Bruce’s).
GPS – N 39o 10.224 W 84o 17.900
Parking Lot
Picnicking

11.5 Confluence with East Fork of Little Miami River

10.9 Scenic River Canoe & Kayak at intersection of Roundbottom and Mt Carmel roads S of Milford, access river left with permission
GPS – N 39o 08.984 W 84o 18.795
Parking Lot
Canoe Rentals
Restrooms
Picnicking
Scenic River Canoe & Kayak, 4595 Roundbottom Road, Cincinnati, OH 45244, (513) 831-5552
Check Clermont County map for directions

8.1 Bass Island Access, Hamilton County Park, southside of Newtown Road Bridge just S of intersection with US-50 about 2 miles E of Mariemont, access river left, nominal fee.
GPS – N 39o 08.226 W 84o 21.282
Parking Lot
Restrooms
Picnicking

6.9 Norfolk and Western Railroad Bridge

3.5 SR-125 (Beechmont Ave.) Bridge
GPS – N 39o 06.561 W 84o 24.092
Sign under bridge states 3.3 mile

1.5 Magrish Recreation Center Access at US-52 (Kellogg Ave.) Bridge just S of Cincinnati Municipal Airport (Lunken Field). Take Canoe Lane to parking lot, access river left.
GPS – N 39o 05.132 W 84o 25.262
Parking Lot
Restrooms
Picnicking
Water
Sign under bridge states 0.9 mile. This is the last public take-out point on the river. Harbor Towne Yacht Club and Shelter Cove Marina (private) 0.25 mile S of Magrish Recreation Center, access river left with permission, River Mile 1.2

0.0 Mouth of Little Miami River where it empties into the Ohio River
GPS – N 39o 04.680 W 84o 25.910
Four Seasons Marina on Ohio River, US-52 (Kellogg Ave.) just S of Cincinnati Municipal Airport (Lunken Field), just W of Kellogg Ave. Park. Fuel Dock river right 0.75 mile downriver from confluence with Little Miami River. GPS – N 39o 05.244 W 84o 25.868, access with permission. It is dangerous to canoe on the Ohio River due to large waves from watercraft (e.g. barges)

BACKGROUND ON THE MATERIAL ABOVE, FROM THE WEBSITE:

http://www4.wittenberg.edu/academics/hfs/tmartin/LittleMiami/LittleMiamiRiver.htm

The Little Miami State and National Scenic River (Ohio) — Main Branch
Thomas P. Martin, Ph.D., FACSM
Professor
Health, Fitness and Sport Department
Wittenberg University
P.O. Box 720
Springfield, OH 45501
(937) 327-6470 (work)
tmartin@wittenberg. edu
Link to Tom Martin’s Web Page
Link to Little Miami Map
The following file of GPS coordinates for waypoints can be opened in Internet Explorer using EasyGPS software. This software can be downloaded for free at: EasyGPS software
After you have downloaded the EasyGPS software, then right click on the following link and save by selecting “Save Target As.” Once the file is saved, you can open it with the EasyGPS software.
Link to GPS file of Waypoints in .loc Format provided by Jacob Meddles
Maps available from the author: (1) a 2×3 foot (poster size) color map, (2) a 10×15 inch laminated color map, and (3) 20 topographic map pages (B&W 8 1/2 x 11) covering the canoeable part of the river from John Bryan State Park to Cincinnati (Ohio River). River miles are marked on these maps.
Link to Mad River – Southwest Ohio Web Site
Updated – June, 2006
LITTLE MIAMI RIVER REPORT
Introduction
During June and July of 2000, Tom Martin, an Ohio Division of Watercraft Volunteer and professor at Wittenberg University in Springfield Ohio, collected information, canoed, and drove to bridges and access points along the main branch of the Little Miami River. Tom and George Brose took four days in early June to canoe the 86.4 miles from John Bryan State Park to the Ohio River.

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