About Us

About Us

We are an independent, family owned and operated small business that opened our doors in May 2007. We carry the highest quality gear and apparel, usually only found in outdoor specialty stores. We are constantly evaluating our inventory to ensure that our customers have access to new products on the market.

Our Mission

Great Miami Outfitters is a premier supplier of outdoor gear and apparel for outdoor enthusiasts in the greater Miami Valley, while being an information resource of area outdoor activities and facilities. Our staff is passionate about the great outdoors. We are knowledgeable about outdoor activities and the products we sell. Our enthusiasm and knowledge helps our customers enjoy the great outdoors with the right gear!

Where is our store located?
We are located in the quaint and historic downtown district of the City of Miamisburg, Ohio. Our current building was originally built as a car dealership and has had many uses in its 100+ year history. We’re close to the Great Miami River and recreation trail, and only a few miles from the Twin Valley Backpack Trail – a 22-mile backpacking loop between Germantown and Twin Creek MetroParks. Explore Miamisburg »

Why is our name Great Miami Outfitters?

We’re located in southwestern Ohio where the Great Miami River is located. The Great Miami originates upstream from Indian Lake and flows southwest to its confluence with the Ohio River, west of Cincinnati.

The watershed includes the Great Miami, Stillwater and Mad rivers; and is known for its water supply, recreation and high-quality streams. We believe it is one of many under-used natural assets of the region, and we’d like more people to enjoy the area’s outdoor amenities.

Meet Our Friendly and Knowledgeable Team
Our staff is passionate about the great outdoors. We are knowledgeable about outdoor activities and the products we sell. Our enthusiasm and knowledge helps our customers enjoy the great outdoors with the right gear!

AndrewAndrew  – Known as the “gear guru,” Andrew prides himself on keeping up on the latest gear. His knowledge is invaluable to our customers looking to get outfitted with the right gear for their specific adventure. Don’t be surprised if he remembers the pair of boots he fitted you in two years ago, (or longer). He is an avid backpacker and paddler, and a trip leader for an annual Boundary Waters Canoe trip for the past 12 years, guiding high school students into the backcountry. He is an ACA certified Level 2 Touring Kayak Instructor, has Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness First Responder certification from WMA. His hobbies include backpacking, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, rock-climbing, baking, craft beer-brewing and spending time with his wife and two children.

DanDan – When Dan is not enjoying time outdoors, he’s the wizard behind our website and social media pages. Dan has spent numerous summer vacations in Northern Ontario where he camped, fished and canoed with his family. He is an avid fly fisher, backpacker and paddler. He is an ACA certified Level 1 Kayak Instructor and has Wilderness First Aid certification from SOLO. His “handyman” skills are put to use in building displays, repairing and installing accessories on kayaks, and maintaining the shop. His hobbies include fly-tying, hiking, backpacking and traveling. Dan paddled 90 miles on the Great Miami River during 4 days in March 2014. Other recent adventures include hiking the “Devil’s Garden” primitive trail in Arches National Park in Utah, backpacking at Red River Gorge in Kentucky and Charles C. Deam Wilderness in Indiana, and paddling in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota.

AbbeyAbbey “Babs” -“Just one of the guys,” Abbey loves working at Great Miami Outfitters since 2011. She is an avid camper, rock climber and paddler. As a young girl, her parents frequently took her whitewater canoeing on the Youghiogheny, New River Gorge, Ocoee, The Gauley and Frozen Head. Although she’s a Miamisburg Native, she’s spent most of her weekends camping at her land in Hillsboro Ohio for the last 18 years. Her favorite place to rock climb is at Red River Gorge in Kentucky. Abbey loves camping and trail riding with her horse, Tommy. She also enjoys stand-up paddleboarding, traveling and backpacking with her boyfriend and her dog, Kujo, and anything outdoors. She loves to sleep in her ENO hammock, even in the colder winter months. Her studies include Wildlife Science, Environmental and Natural Resources. She is very friendly and knowledgeable about outdoor gear and can help you get the right gear for your next adventure.

BobRobert “Curious Bob” – One day after a paddle along the Great Miami River we came across an escaped chimpanzee. As a social experiment we decided to shave and clothe the wild ape to rise into human society, naming him “Bob.” After breaking Bob’s biting habit we taught him a few phrases and put him to work on the sales floor. Bob learned to blend seamlessly into the world of retail. Bob never fully broke his bonds with nature and dedicated his life to the study of ecology. Bob would leave the shop for months on end to whereabouts unknown; we later learned he was studying environmental sciences at the State University of New York College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry, earning his Bachelor of Science Degree in Wildlife Science. As time passed, Bob gained many life experiences in the back country. Bob traveled to the high plains of Idaho where he hiked the canyons. Bob returned east to snowshoe in the Adirondacks of New York, tracking the populations of wintering wildlife for his studies. Bob’s adventures then took him up north to the lakes of Minnesota to explore the pristine wilderness of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. The allure of the waters sparked his passion for kayaking. Bob then became a Level 1 Kayak Instructor, certified by the American Canoe Association, to share his fondness of paddling the local waterways. Bob is currently back working at Great Miami Outfitters showing little evidence of his unusual past, but always happy to share his knowledge of the great outdoors to ensure our customers have fun and safe trip.

JeremyJeremy “Woody” – Jeremy has been an avid backpacker since the mid nineteen-nineties, when he first began exploring the trails of Kentucky’s Red River Gorge. Over the past twenty years, his adventures have taken him from the highpoints of Colorado and Wyoming to the edge of the Tongue of the Ocean, 120 feet below the surface of the Atlantic. Prior to coming to GMO, he worked as a rock climbing, rappelling, and kayaking guide in the Hocking Hills. Jeremy is an ACA certified Level 2 River Kayak and Level 1 Tandem Canoe Instructor, with an Adaptive Paddling Endorsement. He has also maintained a Wilderness First Responder Certification for the last decade, and is currently certified through Wilderness Medical Associates. When he’s not at the shop, Jeremy can be found hiking through Germantown MetroPark with his wife and dogs, or paddling down one of our many local creeks and rivers. All time favorite cat-hole spot: Tucked behind a ten foot boulder in the terminal moraine, at the base of the Dinwoody Glacier, 11,700 feet up in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming.

AnthonyAnthony – Anthony joined the Great Miami Outfitters’ team in January 2015 and has thoroughly enjoyed outfitting customers for their travels and adventures. He enjoys backpacking, trail running, paddling, and is also certified for Wilderness First Aid from SOLO and is an ACA Level 1 Certified Kayaking Instructor. His coolest adventure was the four day, 360-mile, unsupported cycling trip from Dayton to Ironton, OH. Most recently, Anthony backpacked the Outer Mountain Loop in Big Bend National Park in Texas over Christmas time. His experience in the outdoors has fueled his passion for protecting the environment. Anthony will be graduating from the University of Dayton in May 2015 with a degree in Environmental Geology.

AnthonyRob – He was a rough and tumble lad, growing up on the mean streets of Cincinnati. Until he left his city life behind, discovering the streets through the trees known as trails and the buildings known as cliffs. Cliffs he climbed hand over hand until he found his way here to Great Miami Outfitters where he is now happy to share his experiences of the outdoors with all of you. Some of his favorite outdoor activities include climbing, backpacking and kayaking. His favorite trip to date was an epic month long adventure to New Zealand, the land of the long white cloud, where he got to explore the south island, by sea, by land, and by air (climbing up a glacier).  He also enjoys utilizing his background in biology to explore the natural world and is more than happy to discuss anything from the local fauna to edible wild plants, while heading down the trail.

Meet Our Kayak Fishing Ambassador Team
Our kayak fishing ambassadors are passionate about fishing from kayaks. They are very knowledgeable about fishing in general, and would love to share what they know. If you have questions, simply email them to fishing@greatmiamioutfitters.com!

AaronAaron “Big Fish” Stiger – Aaron was voted 2nd nationally in the 2014 Kayak Angler’s Choice Awards, has appeared twice on the cover of Kayak Angler Magazine, writes for YakAngling Magazine, and represents a variety of prestigious Pro Staffs, including Jackson Kayak, Bending Branches, Manley Rods and more. Fishing has been a way of life for Aaron Stiger since he was a young child. The curiosity and wonderment of what is lurking under the water, just waiting to strike, has always captivated him. Other hobbies come and go, but fishing will always be a pastime that will hold a constant place in his life. Aaron picked up kayak fishing in 2009 when he realized that banks were far too restrictive, and boats simply could not go to the uncharted waters a kayak could reach. Since his first cast in a kayak, Aaron’s passion for fishing was taken to a new level, as he realized nature’s sights and sounds are amplified through the experience. From the small rivers, creeks, and lakes in West-Central, Ohio to the shores of Lake Erie, Aaron has been fortunate to land many citation-level fish angling from his kayak. Learning from others and applying that information has played a huge part in his fishing success. Aaron believes the knowledge-base and helpfulness of kayak fishing community cannot be understated as it has been invaluable to his growth as an angler. As a GMO Kayak Fishing AmBASSador Team Member, Aaron is looking forward to contributing his experience, knowledge and passion to help others develop their skills and make the most out of their time on the water.


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Store Hours:

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK! Mon - Fri: 10AM - 8PM
Saturday: 10AM - 6PM
Sunday: Noon - 4PM

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE Closed Memorial Day
Monday May 25, 2015

Location:

25 E. Linden Ave.
Miamisburg, OH 45342

Phone: (937) 847-8787

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