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Riverside Natural Area


The RNA includes a 120 acre prairie, adjacent to lake, forest, and riparian habitats.

Prairie Name

Riverside Natural Area (RNA)


2451 River Road, Hamilton, Ohio 45015


City of Hamilton, Water Reclamation Division

Prairie History

As reclaimed land space, the Riverside Natural Area was created in 1994 as part of a consent decree. Prior to that it was used by the Water Reclamation Facility and a farm prior to that. It was originally part of the Great Miami River but the course of the river was altered in the early 1900's due to flooding and flood control efforts.


200 acres (120 acres of prairie)

Prairie Description

There is approximately 200 acres of diverse biomes. There is a 17 acre lake, a 5 acre marsh, various sizes of riparian forest, flood plain forest, and savanna with a 120 acre prairie. There are 5 1/2 miles of walking paths and a variety of birds and animals  as diverse as the biomes. The RNA is a Certified Monarch Waystation and in 2016 has been awarded a grant from the University of Kansas Monarch Watch Program to better serve the local pollinators.

Visitation Information

The site is managed by Hamilton Conservation Corps. More information at https://www.facebook.com/HamiltonConservationCorps  and https://www.facebook.com/Riverside-Natural-Area-1522861071360215/