The Ohio River Recreation Trail Voyageur Canoe Adventure (June 4-13, 2020)

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The 2020 Ohio River Challenge: Two five-day Voyageur Canoe Trips on the Ohio River

Portsmouth to Cincinnati
  • 120 miles, 5 days –June 4 to June 8, 2020
  • Camping locations:
    • June 4 – Vanceburg
    • June 5 – Maysville
    • June 6 – Augusta
    • June 7 – Thomas More
    • June 8 – Ludlow

Cincinnati to louisville
  • 133 miles, 5 days — June 9 to June 13, 2020
  • Camping locations:
    • June 9 – Rising Sun
    • June 10 – Vevay
    • June 11 – Madison
    • June 12 – Westport
    • June 13 – Louisville

Portsmouth to Louisville

Catered dinners from the best cooks in the Ohio River Valley, breakfasts and lunches will be eaten while paddling or biking 25 miles a day.  Camp each night within walking distance of a rivertown. Gear will be transported by the support vehicle each day. Everyone is responsible for their own kit – clothes, raincoat, and camping gear, tent/sleeping bag etc. Participants at their own expense can make their own sleeping arrangements. Make sure you are ready to go before dawn.   

Each morning we will meet before dawn, ready to paddle 25 miles for 12 hours including stops at several rivertowns.  Depending on time and river conditions, during the trip we could stop and explore sites of interests. The schedule is weather dependent, strong upstream winds and thunderstorms prevent travel, but all participants must be ready and willing to paddle in all elements just like the mail. 

All participants must fill out the application to participate. Participants selected will be responsible for the $399.00 fee or $500 or all 10 days and arranging transportation to the start and from finish.

For an overview of the trip check out the 2019 Visual Diary or the 2019 Metro TV special.

The 2020 Ohio River Challenge Application Form and more information

If you wish to bike or use your own human powered boat with us from Portsmouth to Louisville or some part of the route, we can accommodate you at our campgrounds, dinners and access to our support vehicle.  All can help collect data for the Ohio River Digital Guide and be recreation ambassadors as we travel down The Ohio River.

Questions: Email David Wicks at

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