“Canoemobile” back for 8th year

September 23, 2019

Fun and exploration on the Ohio River Oct. 4-5

The Canoemobile is coming back to Shawnee and Riverview Parks on Oct. 4-5 for its eighth year on the banks of the Ohio River.

The Canoemobile allows residents ages three and older to take guided trips in 24-foot canoes on the Ohio River. Canoe trips are free. Participants under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian in order to participate. No advance sign-ups are required, wavers can be signed on-site or brought with the participants.

This free event is designed for individuals and families who are new to canoeing to experience the water in safe and stable voyageur canoes which hold 10 to 15 people.

All safety equipment and trained staff are provided. Wear comfortable outdoor clothing that can get wet; no flip flops please.

All safety equipment and trained staff are provided by Wilderness Inquiry.

Complimentary t-shirts will be given to those who participate, while supplies last. For more information, call (502) 368-6856.


Waivers for Participation:


Friday, October 4, 2019
10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Shawnee Park
4501 West Broadway

Saturday, October 5, 2019
10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Riverview Park
8202 Greenwood Road


We’re monitoring the discussion about potential algae blooms in the Ohio River. We’ve talked with the Metro Department of Health and Wellness and believe the water will be safe for this weekend’s Canoemobile event at Shawnee and Riverview Park. The event will go on as planned. Participants will be supplied with all necessary soap and sanitizing products for use after they complete their canoe trip, and will be urged to wash their hands and exposed body parts upon departure.

There are a few goals with Canoemobile: to have fun, to stay dry, and to stay safe! We look forward to accomplishing those with area families this weekend.


About Jefferson Memorial Forest:
The 6,681- acre Jefferson Memorial Forest, a woodland tribute to those Kentucky veterans who have served our nation during times of war, is Jefferson County’s largest nature preserve and one of the largest municipal urban forests in the nation. The Forest is the flagship of Natural Areas Division which is entrusted with providing stewardship, nature-based educational programming, and outdoor recreation within nearly 7,000 acres of forest, meadow, and riparian habitat across Louisville Metro. Jefferson Memorial Forest offers a full range of recreational amenities, including weekend education and adventure programs, hiking trails, camping, fishing, horseback riding trails, picnic areas, and the Zipline Kingdom adventure course. For more information or to volunteer, go to www.memorialforest.com.