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Selected Saturdays (during the 2018 season)

June 9, 16, 23, 30; July 14, 21, 28; Aug 4, 11, 18, 25

Click here to register for Kayaking on the Mad River!

Join us for an exciting trip down the Mad River on selected Saturdays this summer!  There are several options to choose from with all trips meeting at Whitewater Warehouse!

Upper - Eastwood to Keowee Street:  This trip is approximately 3 miles long.  You can choose from inflatable kayaks (solo or tandem); or hard boats (which we will have in limited numbers and require preregistration).  We will launch in the flat water above the river feature at Eastwood Metropark giving you plenty of room to warm up and practice.  If you would like, you can spend time playing at the river feature before heading downstream where you will enjoy how scenic and peaceful the river is.  Chances are you will see some wildlife during your trip.  You’ll run thru some fun wave trains, paddle under a couple of bridges and then, when you least expect it, you are presented with a spectacular view of downtown Dayton.  The take-out point will be at Whitewater Warehouse.  You’ll be on the river for approximately 1 ½.  Cost for this trip will be $32 per person with pre-registration; and $35 for same day registration and walk-ons (plus tax).  Upper Trips meet are at: 12:30 and 1:30.

Upper/Lower Combo - Eastwood to Riverscape:  We offer inflatable kayaks for this section.  It’s the same trip as above, but you will continue down to Riverscape.  At Riverscape, you can enjoy playing under the fountains (which go off at 5 minutes before the hour and release for about eight minutes) and you will also have the opportunity to paddle thru the exciting new water feature at Riverscape!  On the water time is estimated at 2 ½ hours. Cost for this longer trip will be $42 per person with pre-registration; and $45 for same day registration and for walk-ons (plus tax).  Upper/Lower Combo Trips meet at:  1:30.

Lower Section - Keowee to Riverscape: This is a great activity on a hot summer day!  You will put-in at Whitewater Warehouse (at Keowee Street).  It’s a short paddle to downtown, where you can experience the mightly Riverscape fountains (up close and personal)!  A fantastic place to be to escape from the hot summer heat!  Paddle around Riverscape and then hold on, as you run thru the exciting Riverscape water feature!  This trip meets at 2:50 p.m.   Keep in mind that the fountains typically go off around five minutes before the hour and release for eight minutes.  So plan accordingly if you want that experience.  (You will need to launch your boat at 3:40 to catch the release on your way down).  Boat rental is good for two hours.  Costs for the Lower trip is $25 per person with pre-registration; and $28 per person for same day registration and for walk-ins (plus tax).  Lower Trips meet are at:  3:00 p.m.

Sign ME Up!!!  You can pre-register by going to our registration page, emailing us at wwwh@erinet.com; or by calling 937-222-7020.  Pre-registration is recommended as there are a limited number of seats available per trip.  Walk-ons will be accepted if spots are available.  Save $3.00 per person by pre-registering; and save $4.00 per person when you choose a tandem kayak for two over a solo kayaks.

Trip Information:

Costs per Person:

Upper:          $32 with pre-registration; $35 same day registration and walk-ons (plus tax)  12:30 and 1:30

Combo:         $42 with pre-registration; $45 same day registration and walk-ons (plus tax)  1:30

Lower:          $25 with pre-registration; $28 same day registration and walk-ins (plus tax)    3:00

                    Save $3.00 per person when you choose a tandem kayak for two people      

Group Rates:  (Must preregister and make one payment to receive group rate discount)

10-15 people get a 15% discount

16-25 get a 20% discount

25+     get a 25% discount

For additional information call (937) 222-7020 or email at wwwh@erinet.com

Participation Guidelines:

  • Reservations recommended – Limited number of spots available per scheduled trip
  • Trips are weather and water dependent and could be cancelled or modified as needed
  • Dress to get wet.  Shoes/Foot protection is recommended
  • Single and tandem inflatable kayaks available.  A limited number of hard boats will be available on the 10:30 and 11:30 trips
  • PFD’s / Life Jackets are required to be worn while on the water
  • Helmets are required to be worn in the rapids
  • These river trips are unguided.  No lifeguard provided; however, we may have staff posted at various points throughout your trip to offer assistance if needed
  • No alcohol or illegal substances
  • No large coolers please
  • Please do not drag kayaks.  You can run the features multiple times; but please double carry with a friend when portaging, running the rapid again, or taking off the river
  • There are age & weight restrictions.  You must be 13 or older to participate in our river trips.  We offer Kayak and SUP Rentals at Eastwood Lake which will be appropriate for the younger kids.  See calendar and guidelines.
  • Minors must be accompanied by an adult.  Guardians are responsible for watching and monitoring your minor teens on the water
  • You must pay and sign a waiver to participate
  • Minimum of four participants required per shuttle/trip
  • The fountains are scheduled to release throughout the summer; however, there may be times that this doesn’t happen due to windy conditions, etc.
  • In case of unfavorable conditions, this event may be cancelled or altered without notice
  • Check event status on our website, on Facebook; or call the store at 937-222-7020
  • Once you have chosen to participate, there are no refunds for changes in the weather

Whitewater Warehouse offers retail sales, as well as a wide range of activities and instruction, catering to all disciplines (recreational, whitewater, touring, fishing and SUP).  We have a very knowledgeable staff, with years of hands on experience.  Stop in for a visit… you’ll feel right at home!  We are located at 104 Valley Street.  

We offer a variety of ‘on the water’ activities for you to enjoy including river trips, river surfing, kayak and SUP rentals, as well as a variety of classes.  Something for everyone!  Events and activities will be posted on our Event Calendar, with reminders on Facebook.  Visit our website at www.kayakdayton.com or call 937-222-7020 for additional information.

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