Meet Mahoning River Adventures! Headed by Moneen and Brad McBride, Mahoning River Adventures offers kayak rentals and self-guided trips down the Mahoning River out of Canoe City Metro Park in Leavittsburgh, Ohio. Moneen and Brad established Mahoning River Adventures to share their love for the great outdoors and to help people appreciate the Mahoning River (which we love). “It’s an amazing feeling to be out [on the river]” said Moneen, and it is incredible that they can offer this experience on a great river so close to Warren, Youngstown, and all of our local communities.

If you still have a negative view of the Mahoning River, one of their kayak trips is sure to change that. The river is teeming with wildlife and you might even be able to see one of the area’s bald eagles! The quality of the river is continuing to improve as the industrial sections are getting touched up and the dams are getting removed, but the Mahoning River is no longer the river you thought it was.

For more information or to book your trip, visit paddletheriver.com. The trips offered are for either a 3.6 miles (~2 hours) or 11 miles (~6 hours), giving you options for a short excursion or an excuse to stay out on the river all day! Get out and experience what the Mahoning River has to offer with Mahoning River Adventures!


If you’ve never booked a river excursion before, here’s how it works:

Arrive at Canoe City Metropark 15 minutes before your trip is scheduled to start. You’ll leave your car here and return to it via kayak.

Mahoning River Adventures location at Canoe City Metropark

A shuttle will take you up river to a launch point.

Mahoning River Adventures shuttle service takes you up river

Mahoning River Adventures shuttle service takes you up river

At that point you’ll enter the river and kayak back to Canoe City Metropark where your car is parked!

You launch up river and kayak back to Canoe City where your car is parked

Article by Isaac Hraga


You’ll probably work up an appetite after 2 hours on the river, for that we recommend Cockeye BBQ which is just down the road in Warren. Learn more about Cockeye here: Cockeye BBQ