Miami Whitewater Forest


The harbor area overlooks a beautiful 85-acre lake and offers access to fishing and boating, snack bar with outdoor dining area, trail access and more.


9001 Mt. Hope Road

Harrison, OH 45030

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Phone: 513-367-9632

Upcoming Events

  • Boathouse Hours

    The boathouse is located on an 85-acre lake and offers row, pedal, motor and pontoon boats, kayaks, stand up paddleboards and a variety of bicycles for rent. It also features a selection of fishing gear, bait, snacks and beverages.

    Opening Day: March 9, 2024
    Mar 9–31Closed8 a.m.–7 p.m.
    April 6–May 238 a.m.–8 p.m.8 a.m.–8 p.m.
    May 24–Aug 97 a.m.–9 p.m.7 a.m.–9 p.m.
    Aug 10-Sept 208 a.m.–8 p.m.8 a.m.–8 p.m.
    Sept 21-308 a.m.-7 p.m.8 a.m.-7 p.m.
    Oct 5-27Closed8 a.m.–7 p.m.
    Last Day: October 27, 2024
  • Rentals

    1 hour: $15.75; 3 hours: $18.03; 6 hours: $20.09

    Motorboat: 1 hour: $37.85; 3 hours: $48.67; 6 hours: $59.48
    Mini-Pontoon Boat: 1 hour: $92.65; peak rate: $102.95

    4-seat Pedal Boat: 1 hour: $16.22; peak rate: $18.54
    5-seat Duck/Dragon Pedal Boat: 1 hour: $20.60; peak rate: $23.18

    Kayak Single: 1 hour: $17.25; peak rate: $19.57
    Kayak Tandem: 1 hour $19.57; peak rate: $21.63

    Canoe: 1 hour: $17.25; peak rate: $19.57
    Stand-up Paddleboard: 1 hour: $17.25; peak rate: $19.57

    Bicycle Rental: 1 hour: $15.75; peak rate: $18
    Quadracycle: 1 hour: $20; peak rate: $22
    Pedal Carts & Three-Wheel Carts: 1 hour: $16.75
    Taga Stroller Bike: 1 hour: $16.75

    Peak rate pricing is in effect during weekends and holidays.

    Prices do not include tax. Golden Buckeye/Armed Forces Members can rent a 1-hour rowboat and stay out as long as they like, weekdays only.

    Boat and Bike Rental Guidelines

  • Canoe/Kayak Launch

    Licensed private kayaks and canoes are permitted on Miami Whitewater Forest Lake. A gravel launch ramp is located on Miami Whitewater Forest Lake near the boathouse.

    An accessible canoe/kayak launch was completed in April 2016 and meets requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). It is a floating dock equipped with a “Universally Accessible Transfer System” that allows an unassisted individual with a physical disability to access a canoe or kayak. It consists of a bench that slides over onto a railing system that allows the individual to sit down into a canoe or kayak.

    The launch was made possible through support from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Watercraft and Great Parks Forever.

  • Fishing

    Electric and gas motors up to four horsepower are permitted to use with rental boats or private canoes and kayaks. Bank fishing is also available. An Ohio State Fishing License is required. Fishing gear and bait can be purchased at the boathouse.

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  • Playgrounds

    The harbor features a traditional playground.

  • Snack Bar Hours

    With everything from cheeseburger platters to granola bars and flavored Icees to ice-cold beer, the snack bar has it all.

    2024 Dates 
    May 25–Sept2
    11 a.m.–7 p.m.
  • Wet Playground Closure

    The wet playground at Miami Whitewater Forest has permanently closed.

    Part of Great Parks’ mission is to provide outdoor recreation for present and future generations. Parky’s Pirate Cove provided guests with memorable experiences since it first opened in 1996. Being one of the first wet playgrounds in the region, regulatory requirements, design standards and guest expectations have evolved since Parky’s Pirate Cove opened. Simply put, the wet playground has reached the end of its life cycle.

    What does this mean for our guests?
    There is still plenty to do, see and experience at Miami Whitewater Forest. We encourage all guests to continue to take advantage of everything the largest Great Park has to offer. Recreational opportunities at Miami Whitewater Forest include the traditional playground, trails, boating, biking, fishing and disc golf.

    Great Parks also offers wet playgrounds at Winton Woods and Woodland Mound, as well as spray fountains at Sharon Woods. A variety of traditional playgrounds can be found throughout the park district.

    What happens next?
    As we move toward the future, we will be developing a Park and Facility Master Plan for Miami Whitewater Forest and for all of our parks. As part of these master plans, residents will have the opportunity to share their ideas through community engagement opportunities. Learning the priorities of our residents will help us identify the best way to create outdoor spaces where all guests will create memories and be able to connect with nature.

    Visit to learn more about Great Parks’ Comprehensive Master Plan.

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