Mindful Mondays on the Ohio River
What are “Mindful” Paddling Tours? Not paddling hard or fast, but being present to the experience; taking time in nature to see, hear, smell, taste, and feel the Ohio River in downtown Louisville. Slow things down; bring your camera and be willing to be dazzled and enjoy the view of our hometown as the sun sets. All trips meet at the Community Boat House at 6 PM and we should be done by 9 PM.
Each trip will cost $17 per person per trip.
Spring 2019 dates (all trips are from 6-9 PM):
- April 29
- May 6, 13, 20
- June 17, 21 (summer solstice)
To register for a specific Mindful Mondays, 6 to 9 pm click on the date that you want to attend.
Or you can register for Mindful Mondays on Louisville Tickets at
Beargrass Creek Canoe Trips with Waterfront Gardens
River City Paddle Sports partners with Waterfront Gardens to offer 3-hour Beargrass Creek canoe trips in the 30-foot long voyageur canoes. Waterfront Gardens does all registration for the trips. Visit the Waterfront Garden webpage for registration and more information. Or call 502-276-5404
- Obtain a better understanding of our waterways from an interactive canoeing experience,
- Learn about the unique wildlife habitat in the Beargrass Creek area and means of preserving and reviving the area
- Understand stormwater management techniques and their direct impact on our waterways. Learn about strategies to monitor our local waterways.
- Examine the waterway’s position of preservation, recreation, and our cultural history.
- Highlight the importance of connecting Cherokee Park and the Waterfront with this missing link of the Beargrass Creek Trail and other possible trail connections within the Butchertown Greenway
2019 dates and times:
- Saturday, April 20: 11-2 PM
- Tuesday, April 30: 1-4 PM
- Saturday, May 11: 11-2 PM
- Sunday, May 26: 1-4 PM
- Tuesday, June 11 (full moon paddle): 8-11 PM
- Monday, June 17: 9-12 PM
- Saturday, August 10: 11-2 PM
- Tuesday, August 13: 5-8 PM
- Saturday, September 21: 11-2 PM
- Tuesday, October 8 (opening week of Waterfront Gardens): 2-5 PM
Subway Fresh Fit Hike, Bike & Paddle
River City Paddle Sports coordinates the paddle component for the Mayor’s Hike, Bike & Paddle. This event draws over 12,000 people annually and is held on Memorial Day and Labor Day each year. Memorial Day is Monday, May 27, 2019, and paddlers will explore the upper pool of the Ohio River at Louisville, KY.
For Labor Day on Monday, September 2, 2019, the Hike, Bike & Paddle will “lock through”. A flotilla of canoes and kayaks will leave the waterfront at 10 AM and paddle through the Portland Canal to the McAlpin Locks. Once everyone is secured to a line, the doors will close in the lock and drop 37 feet. The lower doors of the lock will open and we will paddle to New Albany’s Jaycee Boat Ramp near the Sherman-Mitten Bridge. TARC will be available for shuttle service back to Waterfront Park; this is only for paddlers. You will have to drive back and pick up your own boat.
Splash: Westport, KY Ohio River Festival – June 22, 2019
A paddling festival on the Ohio River sponsored by Oldham County Government, the Oldham County History Center, the Fire and Metro Parks departments, the Westport Canoe and Kayak club, KY Fish and Wildlife, KY Division of Forestry, Knock on Wood, and others. Bring your boat and paddle the prettiest section of the entire Ohio River, or take a free voyageur canoe ride, or a ride on the fire department’s new boat. Many Ohio River organizations will have booths and there will be lots of food and good music. Festival runs from 5-9 PM.
Ohio River Paddlefest – August 3, 2019
River City Paddle Sports is working with Cincinnati paddlers to promote the Ohio River Paddlesfest, held in downtown Cincinnati. Paddlefest is our sister organization in the National Ohio River Water TRail and we will be bringing four voyageur canoes for people to ride in. Registration will be forthcoming.
Red Cross – First Aid and CPR: covering Red Cross CPR and First Aid taught by Kate Merchant. Meets at the Boat House. Non-volunteer cost is $25.