Kayak Raffle is ON!
Drawing to be held August 14

  • Tickets are available at the DDVB office:
    Defiance Development & Visitors Bureau
    325 Clinton Street
    Defiance, OH 43512
  • $5 per ticket, or 5 for $20.
  • Drawing to be held August 14 during the Confluence Clean-Up (see below)
  • Need not be present to win.

Confluence Clean-Up The Rescheduled for August 14

Confluence Clean-Up Presented by Rotary Club of Defiance, Meet at Pontiac Park.
Help our community beautify our rivers by joining us in cleaning up trash and debris. Come with your boat, canoe, rowboat or kayak. Most of the clean-up will need to be done from the water so the more boats the better! Pedestrian volunteers are also needed along shallow riverbank areas.

  • Wear appropriate clothing including sturdy shoes, layers, and work gloves
  • Bring a fishing net!
  • Trash grabbers will be provided
  • We will have tarps to protect your boat but feel free to bring your own
  • Gloves are available


The “Follow the Blue Blazes” Hike was held as scheduled on July 17

A group hike was held along the Maumee following the Buckeye Trail /North Country Trail. Defiance County Commissioners and local residents gathered to support Dain Sutton who has set the record as the youngest person to solo hike the Buckeye Trail in a season.

For information on the Buckeye Trail, North Country Trail and local trails in Defiance County, visit the Maps & Trails page at visitdefianceohio.com.


Due to weather conditions and high water levels, the following events were CANCELLED for 2021:

  • FREE Pontoon Rides
  • River Passport Activites for Kids
  • Live Music
  • Food Trucks

We hope make to RiverFest 2022 bigger and better than ever.  Watch this site for details or join our mailing list (form located in footer below) to receive updates directly to your inbox.

Defiance RiverFest was established in 2016 to educate residents on the importance of our area waterways, to encourage protection and conservation of natural resources, and to celebrate the beauty and recreational opportunities they provide.

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