Category Archives: Boating

100 Days of Summer: 100 Recreational Areas Within 100 Miles

Within 25 Miles

Within 50 Miles

Within 75 miles

Within 100 Miles

How To Use this List:

  • I’ve kept State Parks and related State Forests as two lines. This might be cheating, but they usually offer different experiences.
  • Each Link goes directly to the appropriate site, not to a directory, wherever possible.
  • Scroll down to your favorite area. Look right above it. Have you been here? How about the area right below it?

100 Days Of Summer: Kayaking and Canoeing

Where to Go?

Canoe City Park- Warren Area Park with Fishing and Put-ins to the Mahoning River

Ohio Water Trail Maps- Muskingum, Kokosing, Miami and More. Ohio Kayaking rivers listed, mapped and reviewed

Little Beaver Creek- Site with Put-in Maps

Lake Arthur- Moraine state park. Windsurfing is popular.

Brady’s Run- 28 Acre lake in 2000 acre park East of Columbiana

McConnell’s Mill State Park Nice, But Dangerous Area On Slippery Rock Creek.

Mill Creek- Lake Newport and Lake Glacier Boating Regs

Mohican- The Clear Fork of the Mohican River.

Ohio River Reviews- From PA also.

OhioPyle- Large Whitewater area on the Yough River- Rapids Map

Pymatuning- Small HP fishing boats and lots of sail and kayaks.

Kayak and Canoe Groups Near NE Ohio

Trumbull Canoe Trails- Local Warren Based club for Kayakers and Canoers.

Mahoning River Consortium- Political action group leading the way for the restoration and development of the Mahoning River.

41 Degree North Kayakers- Cleveland based Kayak Club offers trips, classes, sales, and more. Well worth checking out

Bradstreet Sea Kayakers- Another Cleveland based group. Paddles on Lake Erie.

KeelHaulers Canoe Club- Lots of clinics and classes

Three Rivers Rowing Pittsburgh Kayak, Canoe and Dragon Boats

Lake Arthur Sailing Club
-Moraine state park.

Venture Outdoors- Located on the Point in Pittsburgh, Large outdoor group has several classes and trips. Paddle around downtown and see the sights!


Crescent Bay Boat Rental- Lake Arthur, Moraine State Park.

Kayak Pittsburgh-Paddle the Point

Mill Creek- Boathouses on Lake Glacier and Lake Newport will rent paddleboats, canoes and Kayaks

Click Here for Great Canoes


Ohio Boating Regulations

Essential Gear: Sleeping Bags

Essential Gear: Water and Hydration

American Whitewater- Safety Code and Accident Archive, Regional River guides, and News.

NessMucking- Wierd name, informative site

On Kayaks

Sea Kayaking dot net.

Sea Kayaking Primer

Buying a Kayak

How To Portage a Canoe

Ready, Set, Inflate Events May 21-27

A derivative of a personal water craft

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COLUMBUS, OH – Recreational boaters are encouraged to stay safe on the water by properly wearing their life jackets anytime while boating. That’s the message again this year from the National Safe Boating Council and its boating partners that include the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Watercraft.

“Wearing life jackets anytime while boating is key to enhancing boater safety on the water and is a proven life saver,” said Bill McGarity, acting chief for the Division of Watercraft.

Among the 16 Ohioans who died in boating-related accidents on state waterways in 2010, none were wearing a life jacket when the accidents occurred, according to the Division of Watercraft. Investigations typically conclude that most boating-related accidents are preventable and that boaters increase their chances of survival when properly wearing an approved life jacket.

Ohio law requires that a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket of the correct size and type be worn by any person less than 10 years of age while aboard any vessel less than 18 feet in length while it is underway. The approved life jacket should be worn by any person regardless of age who is riding in a personal watercraft and by any person regardless of age who is being towed behind a boat for any reason such as tubing and waterskiing.

As part of its observance of National Safe Boating Week, the Division of Watercraft and City of Gahanna Department of Parks & Recreation will inflate to educate about the importance of wearing a lifejacket! Gahanna is honored to be host of Central Ohio’s 2nd Annual Ready Set Inflate Day world record attempt at Woodside Green Park, 213 Camrose Court, on Saturday, May 21.

Registered adults get to wear and inflate an inflatable life jacket, courtesy of the Division of Watercraft. Family members under the age of 18 will be fitted with non-inflatable life jackets, so they can be part of the world record.  Visit register to attend. Onsite registration and life jacket fitting is at 12 p.m. with inflation set for 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. The Ready Set Inflate Day mission is to raise awareness about the importance of wearing a life jacket.

Additionally, the Division of Watercraft will be conducting its “Wear It Ohio!” awareness campaign May 21-22 at East Fork State Park in Clermont County, May 21-22 at Caesar Creek Lake State park in Warren County and May 21 and May 28 at Portage Lakes State Park in Summit County to get Ohioans to pledge to wear life jackets anytime while boating and to share that message with other boaters. By making the pledge, eligible program participants age 18 and older qualify to receive on loan from the Division of Watercraft at no cost a brand new inflatable life vest for use during the 2011 boating season.

The Division of Watercraft and its boating partners also will be conducting free vessel safety inspections at public boat launch ramps around the state as well as boating safety education classes. The agency’s statewide boating safety awareness media advertising campaign is set to kickoff at the conclusion of National Safe Boating Week as the Memorial Day holiday weekend, May 27-30, signals the traditional start of the summer boating season.

“We care about the safety of our boaters and encourage them to observe safe boating practices so they may enjoy our waterways for years to come,” said McGarity.

Additional information on boating safety tips and programs is available online

The ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR Web site at


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Portage Lake Dam Renovation : Water Level Will Not Be Lowered

A crane with a pile driver.

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COLUMBUS, OH – Work on rehabilitating the Portage Lakes State Park’s West Reservoir will not require the lake level to be lowered, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

The use of a hydraulic pile driver, a relatively new technology, will allow construction to proceed without lowering the lake level ahead of the previously scheduled draw down.  Initially it was thought the lake level would have to be dropped by three feet for the project a month ahead of time.

“Our priority throughout this project was to make sure it was being conducted in the safest manner possible and to protect the lives of people and property around the lake,” said David Payne, chief of Ohio State Parks.  “The use of this new technology will allow us to proceed in a safe manner without inconveniencing the many boaters who enjoy the use of the lake.”

Construction on the project is anticipated to begin in August.  The dam, built in the 1840s, will be reinforced with a sturdy concrete shell that will be covered with soil and replanted with grass to maintain its historic appearance.  The existing spillway will also be replaced with a new concrete spillway and the pedestrian bridge on the crest of the dam will be demolished and replaced with a new bridge.  The project is expected to be completed in August 2012.

This year’s normal fall drawdown will occur in mid-October through mid-November.  After this year, the traditional fall drawdown will occur every other year.

The West Reservoir Dam project is part of an ongoing capital construction improvement program for the Portage Lakes to ensure that the dams and associated structures are safe.  Area residents may notice increased truck traffic along with some noise and dust while construction is underway.  Residents are urged to keep children a safe distance from the construction site and the equipment.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all.  Visit the ODNR Web site at

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