Ready for a unique summer adventure? Canoeing and kayaking on one of the picturesque local lakes and rivers is a great option. You'll enjoy the beautiful scenery and fresh air and get some exercise, too. Check out our comprehensive list of places you can go canoeing and kayaking in Northeast Ohio. Most offer canoe and kayak rentals, too.
The North Coast Outpost
Ashtabula County's only beachfront kayak and paddleboard livery! We provide rentals by the hour for a truly unique experience on Lake Erie! They have double kayaks, single kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and THE MEGALODON, a five-person stand-up paddleboard!
Breakwater Beach in the Geneva State Park, Geneva-on-the-Lake West Site, 6308 Lake Rd. W, Geneva, OH 44041
41o North Coastal Kayak Adventures
Single and tandem kayaks can be rented by the hour. They offer access to the Rocky River and Lake Erie (1-mile paddle). Stand-up paddle boards are also available. Reservations are strongly suggested!
1500 Scenic Park Dr., Lakewood, OH 44107
Great Lakes Watersports
Single and tandem kayaks, boat, and jet ski rentals are available. Kayaks are rented by the hour and can be used on the Cuyahoga River or Lake Erie.
1148 Main Ave., Cleveland, OH 44113
Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park
Sit-on-top kayaks and stand-up paddleboard rentals are available per hour or you can purchase a 10-hour Paddle Card for the season.
301 Huntington Beach Dr., Fairport Harbor, OH 44077
West River Paddling Company
Canoes, single kayaks, and paddleboards can be rented for an hour, half a day (2.5 hrs), or a full day (8 hrs). Guided trips and lessons are available. Each paddler will receive prior instruction for their kayak, canoe, or paddle board before setting off.
655 W. River Rd., Vermilion, OH 44089
Crooked River Adventures
Rent kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddle boards. Trips are by 24-hour reservation!
13468 Main Market Rd., Burton, OH 44021
A Short Adventure
Canoes and single/double kayaks are available for a 2 or 3-hour river adventure.
3025 State Route 303, Mantua, OH 44255
Rent canoes, kayaks, fishing boats, and stand-up paddle boards for a trip on the Cuyahoga River. Rentals are available from Thursday to Monday.
10570 Main St., Mantua, OH 44255
Camp Hi Canoe & Kayak
Canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddle boards can be rented for short (7 miles) or long (10 miles) trips, or even a micro trip (2 miles).
12274 Abbott Rd., Hiram, OH 44234
Burning River Adventures
Burning River Adventures offers kayak trips on the heritage portion of the Cuyahoga River (Kent to Cuyahoga Falls). Reservations are required.
2025 Munroe Falls Ave., Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221
Canal Fulton Canoe Livery
Canoes and single kayaks are available. Look for discounts on select days. There is also a pavilion for rent, camping, and mini golf which makes this a great weekend getaway.
219 W. Cherry St., Canal Fulton, OH 44614
Trailhead Canoe Livery
Canoes or kayaks can be rented. They also offer pedal paddles. Open Tuesday-Sunday, from April-October.
135 Lake Ave. NW, Massillon, OH 44647
Grand River Canoe Livery
This family-owned company offers multiple packages ranging from an hour to a week. Car top rentals are also available by the day or week.
3825 Fobes Rd., Rock Creek, OH 44084
Hinckley Lake Boathouse & Store
Canoes, boats, single and tandem kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards are available for rent per hour.
1 Metropolitan Park W, Hinckley, OH 44233
Rent a kayak, canoe, fishing boat, or stand-up paddle board for 2 hours and explore the beautiful LaDue Reservoir.
LaDue Reservoir North: 17759 Valley Rd., Auburn Township, OH 44023 (Open daily in the summer)
LaDue Reservoir South: 18296 Ravenna Rd., Auburn Township, OH 44023 (Open weekends in the summer)
Findley State Park
Boat rentals are offered May 26-September 4, 2023. Canoes can be rented at the campground check-in station every day.
25381 State Route 58, Wellington, OH 44090
Mill Creek Metroparks
Kayaks and pedal boats can be rented at Lake Glacier Boathouse on West Glacier Drive. Open Saturdays and Sundays from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Lake Glacier Boathouse: 41.0976488, -80.6781474
Sippo Lake Marina
Canoes, single-person kayaks, tandem (2-person) kayaks, row boats, stand-up paddle boards, and pedal boats are available. Reservations are not needed for boat rentals as they are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
5300 Tyner St. NW, Canton, OH 44708
Walborn Reservoir Marina
Canoes, single-person kayaks, tandem (2-person) kayaks, row boats, and motor boats are available to rent.
11324 Price St. NE, Alliance, OH 44601
Offers kayak, tandem (2-person) kayak, and stand-up paddleboard rentals on any of the Portage Lakes.
3803 State Rd., Akron, OH 44319
Mahoning River Adventures
Mahoning River Adventures offers kayak trips on the Mahoning River.
Canoe City Metro Park, 75 N. Leavitt Rd. NW, Leavittsburg, OH 44430
Mosquito Lake Marina & Boat Rental
Explore the expansive views and serene beauty of Mosquito Lake with a fun and relaxing kayak rental. Offering single and tandem (2-person) kayaks. Pontoon and fishing boat rentals are also available.
1439 Wilson Sharpsville Rd., Cortland, OH 44410
Location Flexible Canoeing & Kayaking
River Cruiser Kayaking Moblie Service
Learn how to kayak or tour some of the best water trails in the nation. By appointment only.
River Cruiser Kayaking is a mobile kayak rental operation. Meet-up locations are provided when your trip is booked.
Places to go Canoeing and Kayaking in Northeast Ohio
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Tips for Going Canoeing and Kayaking
Plan now which park or location to visit – A successful trip often starts with good planning. Use our list to choose which parks or locations have the activities and amenities that will be the most enjoyable for your family. You may want to make your own bucket list of locations to visit this year and have fun checking them off as you go.
Set realistic expectations with your kids – Water activities are a lot of fun, but they can make kids a bit nervous especially if it’s their first time. Consider discussing what to expect and water safety in advance then reassure them that the experience can be a lot of fun even if things don’t go exactly as planned.
Check the forecast before you go – The weather can change quickly and locations will close activities if the water is potentially unsafe. Be sure to call or check their website before heading out, especially if the weather forecast doesn't look promising.
Protect your kids (and yourself!) from the sun – Lakes and rivers generally offer limited shade, so be sure to load up with sunscreen, reapply after getting very wet, and consider wearing a hat to keep the sun off your face.
Prepare for the weather (and recent weather) – Depending on the time you choose to go and the planned length of your visit, consider wearing layers so everyone is comfortable even in the cooler morning or evening hours. You may even want to bring a change of clothes for the drive home.
Pack your own snacks – Pack plenty of drinks and snacks. It can be part of the fun to pack a lunch or cooler of your favorites. If you'd prefer to purchase food, check to see if the park or location offers a concession stand and consider calling ahead to find out the type of concessions available.
Be sure to bring some cash money – Some locations offer additional activities like paddle boats and mini-golf for a small fee, so be sure to bring some cash money in case they don't accept credit cards.
Remember your camera – Water adventures are often miles of amazing beauty. Make sure your phone is charged and protected with a waterproof case to capture the natural beauty of the lake or river and the beautiful photo opportunities they provide.