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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 Paddling.net 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

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Cold Water Safety for Ohio Hunters and Anglers

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COLUMBUS, OH– The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has good advice for the thousands of anglers who soon will be wading in and boating upon frigid waterways in hopes of landing a prize catch—dress for the water temperature instead of air temperature.

“Recreational boaters and anglers are among those most at risk of sustaining hypothermia due to a cold water immersion if they are not dressed properly for the water temperature,” said Pamela Dillon, chief of the ODNR Division of Watercraft. “Boating and fishing safety begins with the choices people make before getting on the water; it is critical to take steps to reduce the risks of hypothermia exposure at this time of year.”

Hypothermia is a condition in which body temperature drops below normal due to exposure to cold temperatures and requires medical treatment. Unexpected immersion into cold water can result in drowning and often contributes to hypothermia for those persons who are unprepared for extremely cold water.

People are usually inclined to dress for the air temperature instead of water temperature when enjoying outdoors recreation on or near the water. Generally, the water temperatures of Ohio’s waterways remain bone chilling and are very slow to warm during March, April and early May.

The following are some safety tips to help reduce exposure to the risks of hypothermia while boating and fishing:

  • Dress for the current water temperature and not the air temperature when boating in early spring. Wear layers of protective clothing including neoprene, polypropylene, wool, synthetic fleece and Goretex. Avoid 100 percent cotton and denim garments, such as blue jeans, sweatshirts and flannel shirts. The final layer of protective clothing should always be a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket or vest.
  • Carry a cellphone inside a plastic bag in case an emergency should arise.
  • Avoid alcohol consumption to help prevent the onset of hypothermia symptoms.
  • Avoid capsizing and swamping by ensuring that boats are not overloaded, but are properly loaded and balanced before leaving the launch ramp or dock.
  • Properly and safely anchor a boat from the bow when using a single line.
  • File a float plan with a person of responsibility so that assistance may be requested if boaters are significantly overdue in their return from the water.

Additional information on boating safety tips and education programs may be found online at www.ohiodnr.com/watercraft or by following the Division of Watercraft on Facebookor Twitter. You may also call toll-free (in Ohio only) 1-877-4BOATER.

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

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Stay Safe And Legal on the Water this Weekend: Or Else

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COLUMBUS – The arrival of a three-day Fourth of July holiday weekend, July 3-5, signals what is generally the busiest recreational boating weekend of the season. Ohio boaters can expect continued law enforcement activities on state waterways, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Watercraft.

“Our focus this Fourth of July holiday weekend will remain on removing impaired boaters from our waterways and enforcing all boating rules,” said Pamela Dillon, chief of the Division of Watercraft. “These efforts are shared among additional officers at the local, state and federal levels, such as our marine patrol partners and U.S. Coast Guard.”

During the past weekend, June 25-27, Division of Watercraft officers participated in a nationwide crackdown called Operation Dry Water to remove boaters impaired by alcohol and drugs from state waterways. The operation resulted in the arrests of 11 intoxicated boaters and 198 other alcohol and boating-related violations. A total of 3,810 boaters were contacted during the weekend enforcement action.

Boat operators are considered legally impaired by alcohol consumption if the blood alcohol content is .08 percent or higher, similar to Ohio’s motor vehicle laws. The Division of Watercraft says that reducing the number of alcohol-related boating accidents and fatalities is essential to further improving waterways safety.

“Our message is to boat sober, wear a life jacket while boating and observe the boating rules of the road and our boating laws to keep boating a safe activity for everyone,” said Dillon.

During last year’s Operation Dry Water, the Division of Watercraft made 12 arrests of intoxicated boaters, two drug-related arrests and issued more than 100 citations for additional alcohol and boating-related violations statewide. For more information, visit http://www.operationdrywater.org/.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR Web site at www.ohiodnr.com.

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