::   The Ohio River   ::
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This leg of your journey is only 46 miles, from Cairo, IL to the Tennessee River at Paducah, KY.  That is of course, if you
resist the temptation to explore it further. As a side-trip the Illinois River offers another 935 miles from Paducah to Pittsburgh.
There is probably more neat stuff (and free stuff) to see and do along this river than any other.  From Boat Shows to free river
side summer Concerts & Festivals, the activities on the Ohio are non-stop for the entire boating season.
"The Water World of America's Heartland"
( Why cruising the Great Loop is much-much more than just a great loop. )
It begins at the confluence of the Allegheny river near Pittsburgh, and flows 981 miles to
join the Mississippi at Cairo, Ill. There are 53 Locks on the Ohio RIver.

In Summertime, there are long lines of pleasure boats waiting at locks. We were told over
30,000 recreational boats locked through the Pittsburgh District’s locks last year.

Folks, between the Ohio, Cumberland, and Tennessee rivers and lakes, these are
the safest most scenic and enjoyable side-trips you can make.  Fishing is at an all time
high, as the quality of the water and the fish have dramatically improved over the past
years. It is a long ride up from the Mississippi to Pittsburgh, and another long ride back
down; but I can't think of a better use of the time spent your boat.

Bon voyage!  (Did you know that means "good journey"?)
During boating
season,
the entire
Ohio River can get
areas. Everyone is
areas. Everyone is
friendly, and no one has
as much fun.

The Ohio offers miles
of smiles. Boaters all
seem to be having the
time of their lives.
Pittsburgh is
getting to be a very
popular boating
destination.

There is almost
always something
going on here
during boating
season.
need to stop in Pittsburgh.  There are
miles of  navigation from East Brady.

On the Monongahela River, you can
cruise another 128 more miles up-river
to just above Fairmont, W.Va.

WOW!
If no where else, the Ohio should wet your appetite for more side-trips and adventure as you cruise though the Heartland's
inland rivers and lakes which are splattered with Fall Festivals and Apple Cider Mills.

Planned right, and weather abiding, by the time you reach the Cumberland, Kentucky, and Barkley Lakes they will be a
kaleidoscope of Fall colors. The cool breeze, the sharp scent of apples, and a dazzling array of brilliant colors will blanket
everything you see from the shoreline to the tops of the rolling hills.

In Fall, the entire area transforms itself into an amazing blast of intense yellow, gold, orange and red landscapes. If you take
the time (and we strongly suggest you do) stop at all the "Welcome Centers" and pick up the area's calendar of Fall & Apple
Festivals along your route. There is such a variety of autumn activities surrounding you in this area, leaf peeping Loopers will find
it difficult to decide what to do next.
tthe first time he took the
Ohio River to the Mississippi
on a flatboat loaded with furs
stern-wheel Riverboat.

Records say he did it 2 more
times before his term in the
House of Representatives at
the age of 25.

Lincoln's first "public
speech" was on the
importance of improving
America's navigable
waterways.
Cruising the Cumberland River - click next.