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Paddling Sports

Water adventures and blueway travels.

Beat the heat and make a splash with our canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards! Metroparks offers relaxing river tours, intensive skills-based courses, and everything in between.

Paddling Programs

Learn the basics at a try-it paddling program, explore scenic paddling locations with a naturalist on a Metroparks Paddling Experience, or hone your skills at a Paddle Sports Class. See the Outdoor Skills calendar for the lineup of upcoming programs designed to get you on the water.

If you are interested in putting your skills to the test, sign up for one of our Overnight Experiences.

Access to Ponds and Marshes

Explore the scenic ponds and marshes of your Metroparks. You can launch hand-powered paddle craft (such as a canoe or kayak) at several locations. These water bodies have no current and are great for beginner paddlers. Kayaking on our lakes/ponds you can be 8 and up with an adult.

The Maumee River can be accessed through several launch points. See the Maumee River Watertrail Brochure for information on amenities available.


Paddling Sports Programming

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  • Bend View Metropark

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  • Blue Creek Metropark - Nona France Area

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  • Cannonball Prairie

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  • Farnsworth Metropark

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  • Fort Miamis

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  • Granger Island

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  • Howard Marsh Metropark

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  • Middlegrounds Metropark

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  • Providence Metropark

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  • Side Cut Metropark

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  • Wiregrass Metropark

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FAQs

  • What should I wear to a paddling program?

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  • What should I bring with me?

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  • The weather looks bad; will the paddle be cancelled?

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  • Do I need my own lifejacket, paddle, boat, etc.?

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  • What type of kayaks do you have? How many people do they hold?

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  • Can my child paddle?

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  • Do I register everyone for the paddle?

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  • Can I bring my own boat, lifejacket, paddle etc.?

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  • Can I bring my dog?

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