The Recreational Value of the Little Miami River Corridor

The Little Miami Watershed Network and the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics at The Ohio State University recently worked together to determine the value of outdoor recreation in the Little Miami River corridor.  This report presents the results of that study, which focused on the 43 mile stretch of river north of Oregonia, Ohio.


The study took place from April through October 2021 and focused on recreation that occurred near a set of 45 parking lots used by visitors. Over the course of the 7-month period, volunteer enumerators visited the sites at randomly determined times three days per week to count the number of cars and to leave a contact card on each car. The contact card requested an individual older than 18 to respond to an online survey providing additional information about their home zip code and their recreational activities. The resulting data allowed us to estimate the number of visitors to different sites, their activities, and the value of their recreation. For more information on the survey visit our Progress page. 


Oral History Project

Oral history interviews allow us to document and chronicle people's stories and experiences - stories that might otherwise not be included in an historical record. The main goal of this project is to record the Little Miami River's history as seen and remembered by those who love it. These recorded histories will create an invaluable legacy and archive of events that have happened up and down the Little Miami River corridor and the region. 

Aldo Leopold’s, A Sand County Almanac: And Sketches Here And There, was a major inspiration for this oral history project. Leopold suggested that “historical events, … explained solely in terms of human enterprise” are incomplete. Events in history are better explained as interactions between people and their environments. Our natural environments, including watersheds, impact our lives in many important and memorable ways. Who and what we are is shaped by our interactions with our `biotic communities’, the living networks of life we live in. Leopold also asserts that if we develop an appreciation for the beauty of the natural environment, we are more inclined to protect it.
The River Speaks Project is complete, with the video More Than Rocks and Water: The River Speaks available for viewing below. 

While the video is finalized, we are still happy to interview members of the community to capture their memories of the river.  Please contact us via email at to schedule an interview. We plan to have a booth at the River Festival on June 11 at Bellbrock Park in Bellbrook, Ohio to record memories as well. 

Below is the Oral History File with the recordings for the Project.  Click the link to open the file and then select the recording you wish to access.  Please note, these files are large and may take up to 5 minutes to load.

Little Miami Watershed Watcher Newsletter

Volume II, Issue III, June 2022

Past Issues:

Volume II Issue I, March 2022

Volume I Issue IV, December 2021

Canoe Access Locations on the Little Miami River









River Documents and Links
LMWN will use this page to provide additional resources to aid in research and further education.


Retention and Detention Ponds

Storemwater Wet Pond and Wetland Management Guidebook


River Ecology and History

Little Miami River Ecology and History

River Otter Harvest and Population Monitoring - Dec 2020 (ODNR)

Scenic Rivers Video (2021)

Most Endangered Rivers in the US (American Rivers)

Stream Maintenance

Stream Maintenance Guide

Stream Quality Monitoring

What is Stream Quality Monitoring?