Fall kayaking in Ohio is the perfect opportunity to get up close and personal with mother nature. Even if you are a beginner kayaker, there is no better time to head out to Ohio’s many lakes and rivers to learn new skills.
The calm, slow pace of a lake offers the perfect place for a beginner to get the hang of things and build their confidence. But it’s not just for beginners. Many seasoned kayakers will tell you there is nothing like being on a lake. One of the advantages of kayaks is their ability to take you to the quiet, hidden recess of the lake. The only sound you hear is mother nature and the soft lapping of your boat against the water as you embrace the quiet solitude.
If you are more adventurous, fast-moving rivers provide an adrenaline rush like no other. Regular rainfall will keep the rivers moving, but if you happen to go after a rain storm, the pace will increase dramatically from all the tributaries funneling into the river.
Whether a beginner or a seasoned pro, it never hurts to be up on the latest safety requirements before heading out to the water. Paddle Camp provides a good starting point for the latest on Ohio’s laws.
If you do not have the equipment, many spots around Ohio offer rentals. A quick google search of your area will bring up a list of rentals nearby.
There are opportunities across the state for those who own their equipment. Kayak Help lists the top 10 places in Ohio to get on the water, and Sea Kayak suggests 13 prime places to visit. Paddle Ohio, an official state of Ohio website, details its five favorite kayaking spots.
Winter will be here before we know it. Embrace the magical days of Autumn and head out on the water before you have to trade in your oars for ice skates!