Frequently Asked Questions
What is your cancellation/refund policy?
Cancellations made at least 12 hours before the scheduled reservation time will receive full refunds. Cancellations made on the day of can not receive refunds. But, cancellations made at least 2 hours before the scheduled reservation time will receive a credit in the form of a gift card to be used at a later date. Cancellations made within 2 hours of the scheduled departure time will not receive a refund or credit. Customers will also receive a full refund or credit in case of operator cancellation due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. To cancel your reservation please check your confirmation email and press the “Cancel Booking” button or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and reference your booking #.
Are children permitted?
What kind of boats do you rent?
Do you sell ice?
Are there any weight restrictions?
Single person kayaks are rated for up to 275lbs. Tandem Kayaks are rated for up to 450lbs. And, canoes are rated for up to 500 lbs.
How often do the buses run?
Buses run continuously each day with departures every 15-20 min throughout the day.
Do your trips end where we parked? Or, do you pick us up at the end of the trip and bus us back to our car?
All of our trips end where you parked (4595 Round Bottom Road, Cincinnati, OH 45244). From here, you will check in, pick out your PFD and hop on a bus and we will drive you to the put-in spot up river. You will then enjoy a beautiful leisurely float back to where you parked.
Are dogs/pets permitted?
We love pets but we can no longer allow them due to safety and liability reasons. Due to the nature of our kayak trip, Service animals are not permitted to participate on the river due to safety and liability. (ADA Section 36.301 Eligibility Criteria; (b) Safety.) Service animals are welcome to visit, but must be controlled with a “restraining device” at all times while on our property and must remain with a non-paddling member of your party.
Are coolers permitted?
Yes, but they must be small enough to fit on the kayak. Tandem Kayaks and Canoes can accommodate a slightly larger cooler. Styrofoam coolers are not permitted as they are a hazard to the environment. Glass bottles are also NOT permitted.
Do we need reservations?
Yes, via our website only. Click here to make your reservation.
What are your busiest times?
The most popular time range is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Weekends do tend to get busy, for a more peaceful trip, come out early or anytime during a weekday.
Do you ever close during the season?
Yes, if it is too cold or if the river is too high. There are also days where we could be open, but with restrictions. On higher river levels, we may limit the type of boats available and the age of participants. PLEASE check our facebook page here for daily updates, river conditions, and that days operating status.
Are there rapids on your stretch?
Yes, and they are a ton of fun! The Little Miami is a class one river and generally beginner friendly. However, there will be days that we operate on higher water levels where we will impose restrictions as those conditions might not be suitable for beginners. Please, always check our daily updates on our facebook page here.
First Time Visitor?
Get ready for the best kayak trip Cincinnati has to offer! Here’s how the process works:
2. Arrive at our check-in building at least 20 minutes prior to your reserved departure time.
3. Pick out your PFD (Lifejacket)
4. Board our bus and enjoy a scenic ride, thru Historic Old Milford, to our “put-in” property.
5. Select your boat, grab your paddle, and start your adventure!
What should I bring?
We recommend wearing old gym shoes or water shoes that you don’t mind getting wet or ruined. Flip flops do not hold up well on the river. Bring sunblock, plenty of water, snacks/food, garbage bags (we have plenty of reusable ones available for free in case you forget), hat and sunglasses. If you are going to take your phone or any valuables with you, please be sure to bring an appropriate dry box or bag to keep them safe and secure. We have a variety of waterproof boxes and bags available for sale at the check-in. Scenic River is not responsible for lost, stolen, or misplaced items.
Can I bring my own equipment and use your shuttle bus service or use Scenic River’s property?
No, Due To Bus Transportation State Regulations and Insurance Liability, We Do Not Provide Transport Service Of Private Owned Watercraft. Our properties are privately-owned and are NOT available to use for river access and/or parking for non-customers.
Note: There are several public access spots on the stretch of river that we operate on. Lake Isabella (10174 Loveland Madeira Rd.) is 1.5 miles upriver from our 8.5 mile put in. Kelly’s Nature Preserve (297 OH-126) is 2 miles downriver from our 8.5 mile put in. Jim Terrell Park (located on Longworth St. and Ferry St.) is 2 miles upriver from our takeout on Roundbottom Rd. and right across the street from the Little Miami Brewing Company (208 Mill St.). Bass Island is 3 miles downriver from our takeout and right across the street from 50 West Brewery (7668 Wooster Pike). Sorry, but our properties are privately owned and are not available to use for river access.