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Group paddling in red kayaks on a river

About the Blueway

The Blueway

The West Region Blueway follows two prominent rivers in southwest Ohio – the Whitewater River and the Great Miami River


To enhance the blueway, we’re adding four to five new managed access points to make it easier to put in and take out kayaks, canoes, and other paddlecraft and to reach new stretches of the riverways.


Together with other existing put-in and take-out sites, these new launch points will create a series of stops spaced between five and ten miles apart, allowing paddlers to enjoy different trip lengths that can begin and end at a variety of locations.

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A group studying an aerial map

As part of the master planning process, we’re exploring where the new access points will best be located. We’re also exploring which amenities (such as restrooms, boat storage, parking lots, etc.) and types of programming (such as water safety classes and paddling instruction) can be offered at each location.


Visitors of all ages and abilities will find opportunities for water-based adventure. 

We’re looking, too, for opportunities that will allow paddlers to expand their adventures through hiking, biking, walking and other forms of non-motorized travel as well as enjoying other nearby amenities.


When complete, the West Region Blueway will connect the Ohio River Way and the Great Miami Riverway, two regional blueways that are popular destinations for outdoor adventure. 


Specific timing for implementing the blueway enhancements will be determined as part of the master planning process. However, Great Parks anticipates opening one new launch site each year, beginning in fall of 2025. 

A sign marking the location of a canoe and kayak launch

Join Us!

To participate in the planning process, join us at an open house, a pop-up event or take our survey. Planned events are listed on our Participate page. You’re also welcome to share comments and suggestions any time by contacting us.
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