The Miami Conservancy District (MCD) actively promotes and develops recreational amenities throughout the Great Miami River Watershed.
Recreation trails: MCD owns and/or maintains an extensive recreation trail system (nearly 34 miles) throughout Montgomery County. View regional trail system.
River access: MCD builds boat ramps to encourage recreation on the Great Miami River Watershed waterways. MCD also offers river recreation maps to the Great Miami, Mad and Stillwater rivers which make up the state-designated Great Miami River Watershed Water Trail – the largest water trail system in Ohio. The trail collectively offers 265 miles of waterway accessible to recreational boaters, fishermen and wildlife watchers.
Low dams: MCD owns five low dams. Only Two-mile Dam in Hamilton is part of the flood protection system. The low dams create a pool of water upstream of each dam for recreation, including boating and fishing. The cities of Hamilton, West Carrollton, Moraine and Dayton, and Montgomery County pay an assessment for MCD to maintain the dams. Watch Play It Safe.
RiverWalk: The Dayton RiverWalk runs along the levee-top between the Main Street Bridge and the Monument Avenue (Dayton View) Bridge on each side of the Great Miami River. The total length of the lighted, crushed gravel walkway including the two bridges is about 2 miles. The walkway is easily accessible from the end of either bridge. The Miami Conservancy District controls the land where the walkway is located and maintains the facility for the City of Dayton.
All of these projects were constructed and are maintained by funds separate from flood protection or groundwater assessments. Assessments to cities – as well as grants and other revenue sources – pay for the construction and maintenance of MCD recreation amenities.
After heavy rains, some sections of the Miami Valley’s regional bikeways can be temporarily covered by river water. When this occurs, trail users should not attempt to traverse or wade through the water. Dangerous debris might not be visible in the cloudy water, the foundation of a trail might have eroded during the high velocity flow, or the pavement might be slippery with mud.
Likewise, once the water has receded, maintenance staff members may need a period of time to clean debris and mud from the trail or to make necessary repairs. Trail users are advised to avoid trail sections that have not been properly cleaned following a high water event.