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17 spots to rent a kayak on Lake Erie

The Plain Dealer  Cleveland logo The Plain Dealer Cleveland 5/30/2020 By Laura Johnston, cleveland.com
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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Kayaking Lake Erie is a perfect chance to soak up nature, exercise and get some space.

On a placid day, the experience is serene, meditative, as you take in the scenery or wildlife. On a rougher day, it’s a thrill ride, up and down through the waves.

Related: Kayak, paddleboard sales soar as Northeast Ohioans prepare for a socially-distanced summer

But what if you don’t own your own boat?

There are lots of spots around Lake Erie where you can rent them. (Generally, kids younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult.)

Make sure to check the weather before you go out, and have an understanding of geography. Plus, always wear your life jacket and bring a marine radio or cell phone.

Here’s where you can rent kayaks, from west to east across Ohio.

Kayak the Bay, Put-in-Bay

Location: Oak Point State Park, in the downtown harbor

Put-in-Bay Watercraft Rentals, Put-in-Bay

Location: South Bass Island State Park

Kelleys Island Kayak Rental, Kelleys Island

Location: Kelleys Island State Park

Portage River Paddling Co., Port Clinton

Location: 3134 W. Harbor Road (on Portage River, not Lake Erie)

Lakevue Marina, Marblehead

Location: 8549 E. Northshore Blvd., (419) 798-5221

Paddle & Climb, Sandusky

Location: Downtown Sandusky, 305 East Water St.

North Coast Parasail & Water Sports, Sandusky

Location: 1 Cedar Point Drive, on Cedar Point peninsula

West River Paddling Co., Vermilion

Location: Captain’s Corner Marina, 655 West River Road

41 North Kayak Adventures, Lakewood

Location: 1500 Scenic Park Dr, Rocky River Reservation (on the Rocky River, about a half-mile from Lake Erie)

Great Lakes Watersports, Cleveland

Location: West bank of the Flats, near Music Box Supper Club

Chagrin River Kayak and Paddleboard, Eastlake

Location: 201 Erie Road

Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park, Fairport Harbor

Location: 301 Huntington Beach Drive

Mentor Lagoon Marina, Mentor

Location: 8365 Harbor Drive

Lake Erie Canopy Tours, Geneva-on-the-Lake

Location: Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake, 4888 North Broadway (SR 534)

Best Coast Water Sports, Geneva-on-the-Lake

Location: 5404 A Lake Road East

North Coast Outpost, Geneva-on-the-Lake

Location: 4499 Padanarum Road

Harbor Yak, Ashtabula and Conneaut

Location: 529 Front Street in the Historic Ashtabula Harbor, Public Dock in Conneaut

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