Promoting Recreation


The River Corridor Improvement Subdistrict of the Miami Conservancy District enhances and promotes public use and enjoyment of river corridors utilizing improvements, amenities, and activities within and along the river corridors.


Recreation Trails 
The first mile of bike trail built in southwest Ohio was made possible by the City of Troy, the Troy Foundation, and the Miami Conservancy District nearly 50 years ago. That first mile has grown into a system of more than 350 connected paved off-road trails that stretch across southwest Ohio managed by many trail partners. This includes the 101-mile long Great Miami River Recreation Trail. Miami Conservancy District currently maintains about 30 miles of bike trails. A total of more than 50 miles of bike trails are built on MCD land.

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Miami Conservancy District also advocates for the missing sections of trail that will one day create an uninterrupted Great Miami River Recreation Trail from Shelby County in the north to Hamilton County in the south through the riverfront communities along the Great Miami River corridor.


Public Access to MCD Lands

The land that is utilized for the flood protection system also provides unparalleled public access to the Great Miami River and its tributaries. More than 20 public jurisdictions in five counties hold permits to operate parks, trails and related attractions on Miami Conservancy District land. Five Rivers MetroParks is the largest of these organizations, providing recreational opportunities on hundreds of acres of flood protection land in the Dayton region.

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Public Parks managed by MCD

Several public park spaces are managed by Miami Conservancy District:

These areas offer a quiet respite from the hustle of the Dayton metropolitan area, with parking, informational kiosks and other amenities. 


Water Trails

Miami Conservancy District manages the state and federal water trail designation for the Great Miami River, Stillwater River and Mad River water trails. Six rivers and streams, the Great Miami River, Stillwater River and Mad River, along with Twin Creek, Greenville Creek and Buck Creek, make up one of only 35 national water trail systems (designated by the U.S. Department of the Interior) and the only one in Ohio. The three rivers are state-designated water trails, too. And the Stillwater River and Greenville Creek are state-designated Scenic Rivers.

Water trails maps are updated regularly to help you plan your next - or first - kayaking or canoeing experience. The water trail maps show you public access points, river miles, safety information and more. 

Two ADA-boat docks are maintained by Miami Conservancy District at East River Landing and Miami Bend Park. 

Fishing information can be found at

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Great Miami Riverway

The Great Miami Riverway is regional travel and tourism destination in southwest Ohio that includes more than 99 miles of paved trails and connected communities.

A program of the Miami Conservancy District, the Great Miami Riverway is guided by a Coalition of local communities. The mission of the the Great Miami Riverway is building a strong, vibrant network of communities, connected by 99 miles of river, by increasing economic and community investment to attract more visitors, customers, jobs, and talented workers to southwest Ohio. The goal of the Great Miami Riverway program is to develop and implement ongoing marketing, planning, and programming to:

  • Increase use of recreational, historical, and cultural assets,
  • Attract more visitors,
  • Support economic development,
  • Strengthen river corridor neighborhoods



Into The River Storybook Trail

In 2023, Miami Conservancy District installed a Storybook Trail called Into the River featuring 12 kiosks. Thanks to a grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) the new storybook trail was installed along the Great Miami River Recreation Trail in Dayton. The book was written as the 2020 senior project of the University of Dayton’s River Stewards program. The seniors created a book written for third graders, designed to inspire and educate about the importance of the river and the value of water. Creation of the book was partially funded by the Miami Conservancy District. 

Each kiosk displays two pages of a children's book that was written and published by students from the University of Dayton's Rivers Institute at the Fitz Center for Leadership and Community. The book, titled Into the River, was also written to increase awareness of the importance of water and takes readers on a colorful journey down the Great Miami River. The book was created with input from local elementary students about their ideas and feelings towards rivers, as well as their original drawings and artwork.

The project was also strategically created to make an impact on the City of Dayton's literacy rates and was written for a third grade reading level. The reading proficiency in the Dayton Public School System is 32% while the statewide average is 64%. According to Miami Conservancy District trail counters installed at that location and more than 30,000 people visit this section of the Great Miami River Recreation Trail each year.