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 or hone your skills at one of Metroparks paddle classes, Try-its or eco-tours. See the Outdoor Skills calendar for the lineup of upcoming programs designed to get you on the water.

Boat Launch at Side Cut

Cartop boats can be launched under the I-475 bridge at Side Cut. A new roll-off dock is also available at Silver Lake.

Boat Launch at Wiregrass

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. 

Boat Launch at Farnsworth

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. Brought to you in a fitness partnership with MercyHealth!