Cleveland has been getting a lot of press lately and it’s about time the world saw what a great town we have. With the beautiful weather we’ve been having, it’s also the perfect time for you to get out and experience or rediscover CLE and our great lake. Think you have seen it all and done it all? How about getting a different view of downtown Cleveland - from the water. Nothing says summer like a day on the water.
With multiple lakes and rivers, and of course, Lake Erie there are countless boating opportunities in Cleveland Metroparks. Don’t own your own boat or other seafaring craft? No problem, you can rent everything from a pontoon boat to a stand up paddleboard to try out your sea legs.
Visit the newest Cleveland Metroparks reservation - Lakefront Reservation for a front row seat to downtown Cleveland. There are several Rivergate Kayak Tours coming up where you can discover downtown from a different perspective. Or test your stand up paddleboarding skills – the newest paddle sport craze - on Lake Erie. clevelandmetrparks.com/or.
Rocky River Marina, a full-service marina and the Emerald Necklace Marina Grille, is located in Rocky River Reservation just south of where the Rocky River empties into Lake Erie. The best way to enjoy Lake Erie - spend an afternoon navigating the Rocky River and Lake Erie in a rented kayak or stand up paddleboard.
Not ready to try a great lake? Visit one of our smaller lakes for a fun day of boating and other water sports.
Berea • 440-331-8111
Non-motorized boats such as canoes and rowboats can be used in Wallace Lake, a former stone quarry, in Mill Stream Run Reservation. And not only does Quarry Rock Café on the shores of Wallace Lake offer refreshments, you can also rent paddleboats, kayaks and stand up paddleboards.
1 West Drive, Hinckley • 330-278-2160
Rent a rowboat, electric motor boat, canoe, kayak, stand up paddleboard, pontoon boat or paddleboat and count the number of wading birds and waterfowl you can identify or bring your fishing gear and cast a line or two.
Or if you have your own watercraft, you can launch it from the boathouse public launch ramp. Forgot to pack a few essentials? The boathouse offers refreshments, fishing tackle, bait and even Cleveland Metroparks apparel.
When you do decide to head out on the water, remember boaters must have a proper operating license and use Coast Guard approved life jackets.