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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.

Access to Ponds and Marshes

Explore the scenic ponds and marshes of your Metroparks by boat using these access points. You can launch hand-powered paddle craft (such as a canoe or kayak) at these locations. These water bodies have no current and are great for beginner paddlers.

Side Cut Metropark

An accessible dock with rollers provides easy access to Silver Lake. Paddlers may also launch from a set of stone steps that access the water. 

Wiregrass Metropark

With access to a boat launch, Wiregrass Lake becomes a hub for paddling sports and fishing alike. This launch has rollers which makes it easier for paddlers to enter or return from the water. 

Howard Marsh Metropark

Howard Marsh, on State Route 2 at Howard Road, showcases six miles of water trail for canoeing and kayaking. Enjoy this unique experience of paddling through the marsh, and the convenience of not having to haul your own boat to the park, Howard Marsh Kayak Rentals. Kayak rentals are available Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

Blue Creek Metropark - Nona France Area

The Nona France Area of Blue Creek offers paddling access to a clear quarry pond. Access to the water is a beach launch (there is no dock). Park address is 7035 Providence Street, Whitehouse, OH 43571. Blue Creek Kayak RentalsKayak rentals open June 5 through Labor Day.

Cannonball Prairie

Paddle craft can be launched into the pond. An accessible dock with rollers provides easy access to the water.

River Access Points

Explore the Maumee River from these access points. See the Maumee River Watertrail Brochure for information on amenities available.

Providence Metropark

Paddle craft can be launched from Kuhlman Landing.

Bend View Metropark

Paddle craft can be launched from Otsego Rd.

Farnsworth Metropark

Water-based recreation has been a focus of Farnsworth Metropark since its conception. A boat launch has a ramp for small boats and personal watercraft allowing you access to the Maumee River directly from the park. The park overlooks Missionary Island, a popular destination for paddlers to explore. You can rent kayaks Friday through Sunday, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day at the Farnsworth Kayak Concession operated by Metroparks. Please note no coolers or backpacks will be permitted.

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Granger Island

Accessible only by water. Two primitive campsites and a rustic cabin available for reservations.

Side Cut Metropark

Cartop boats can be launched under the I-475 bridge at Side Cut. 

Fort Miamis 

Paddlecraft can be launched from the Corey Street Boat Launch, near Fort Miamis. This launch gives access to the Maumee River near the Audubon Islands State Nature Preserve, a popular paddling destination with great opportunities for wildlife viewing.

Middlegrounds Metropark

Paddle craft can be launched from the Kayak Cove, which provides access to the Maumee River in downtown Toledo directly from the park.

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Side Cut, Silver Lake

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