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From Fishing to Watersports: Exploring Portage Lakes by Boat

Mother Nature is showing us beautiful days of sun and warmth here in Northeast Ohio. With warm weather comes excitement for summer outings and exploring the outdoors.

Many people are dusting off their boats and equipment, including fishing gear, for the summer season. There is nothing more exhilarating than taking a boat out on open water. I love to close my eyes and hear the sounds while the sun shines on my face and the wind blows through my hair.

Or are you one who enjoys finding the perfect spot to anchor and throw the ole fishing line in hopes of a big catch?

No matter what your preference is, Portage Lakes State Park is one of the most beautiful parks to enjoy boating. Zip around on your jet ski or take in a breathtaking sunset while sailing. Water skiing and tubing are also popular things to do on the water.

Eight lakes encompass 2,034 acres. Each lake has a 400-HP limit, except for Nimisila Reservoir, which only allows electric motors. This location makes the perfect spot to sail and canoe.

Don’t have a boat but still want to enjoy the open water? No worries, as several of the marinas in the area offer boat rentals and fuel.

Be sure to check out the Nautical Boutique specializing in all things Portage Lakes. They offer unique home décor, apparel, accessories, and gifts.

Whether you want to take in the views leisurely or enjoy the thrill of water sports, Portage Lakes State Park is the place to be. Head on out and begin making those summer memories.

History of Portage Lakes State Park

According to the, several Portage Lakes were built as feeder reservoirs for the canals to maintain the required depth of 4 feet. The lakes were used for this purpose until the canals were abandoned due to the Great Flood of 1912. The lakes were then used to meet the water needs of local industries. Some portions of the canals remaining in the Akron area are still navigable by boat.

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