Welcome to North Coast Kayaking Adventures!
Our 2019 Season: May 4th-October 13th
Kayak Tours, Rentals, Lessons, and Fishing Pricing
Kayak tours, rentals, lessons, and fishing trips are available by appointment for groups of up to 15 people on Saturdays and Sundays from May 4 thru October 13, 2019. We can arrange for other dates by request. A minimum 24 hour notice is required. Our tours and kayak rentals often sell out on Summer weekends and Holidays, so please book as far in advance as possible to get the dates you would like.
Private tours or lessons are available for an additional charge.
Scheduled Tours :
2 1/2 Hour-$39*
*$10 discount for senior citizens age 60+, age 14 and under with parent or legal guardian, or if you are active or retired military. Limit one discount per person.
All participants will be required to sign a waiver form before the tour begins. A parent or legal guardian must sign the liability waiver for anyone under the age of 18.
Our kayak rentals include kayak, life jacket and paddle.
We will meet you at a local launch area of your choice (see the locations list below, does not include Presque Isle).
Up to two hours: $30.
2-4 hours: $40.
4-8 hours: $50.
Ask about our group discount!
Contact us today to book your rental.
Note: All rentals will require a valid drivers license be left for each kayak, until they are returned.
We offer kayaking lessons for anyone new to the sport, as well as for experienced paddlers who want to work on anything from their technique to water rescues.
We generally conduct lessons at either La Due Reservoir or Fairport Harbor Beach.
Contact us to set up a kayak lesson today!
Kayak Fishing Trips:
We offer guided or unguided kayak fishing trips, available upon request, at either La Due Reservoir, East Branch Reservoir, or Bass Lake. These are some of the best places in Northeast Ohio to go kayak fishing. Some of the fish we catch: large mouth bass, small mouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, bluegill, northern pike, bullhead, carp, pumpkinseed, sunfish, yellow perch and white perch.
Bring your own fishing gear and rent some of our kayaks to take out, or have us take you on a guided fishing tour. Either way, enjoy a great time on the water! Contact us to set up a kayak fishing trip today!
For our Cleveland area kayaking trips, we provide rental kayaks, life jackets, paddles, a short paddle instruction, help you get in and out of the water, guide you and give interpretation of the area.
Beginners are welcome, all you have to do is show up!
For kayak rentals, we meet you at the location of your choice, drop off and pick up the kayaks and other paddle gear.
100% Refund with 24 Hour or more cancellation prior to trip. Less than 24 Hour cancellation incurs either a $10 per person fee deducted from your refund or 1 complimentary rescheduling.
No shows incur no refund.
If we have to cancel a tour due to inclement weather, or other unforseen circumstances, you will receive a full refund.
Booking a Tour or Rental:
You can call, e-mail us or book a tour or rental with credit or debit cards, or pay cash in person. Our tours often fill up, so please book early to guarantee yourself a spot on the tour date and time that you are interested in.
Bass Lake Preserve
Bass Lake is a 160 acre natural lake on the Chagrin River.
The shallow lake is surrounded by wetlands which have protected the lake from shoreline development-about 90 percent of the shoreline is in a natural state of trees, shrubs, and marsh vegetation.
Red and silver maple, white and pin oak, and elm trees are the dominant trees. Turkey, deer, beaver, bald eagles, and many other species make their homes around the lake. Bass Lake is the only place known that you can find native brook trout in the State of Ohio. We love looking for bald eagles and enjoying the mostly wild shoreline while paddling Bass Lake.
Note: This area requires a special use permit, so you must make a reservation at least 7 days prior to your desired rental, fishing, or tour date.
Upper Cuyahoga River
In 1795, Moses Cleveland and his Connecticut Land Company survey party reached the mouth of the Cuyahoga River and established the first settlement in the Western Reserve, which became the city of Cleveland. Cuyahoga is derived from an Indian word meaning “Crooked.” The river flows for 85 miles from it’s headwaters in Geauga County to Lake Erie in a crooked, U-shaped course.
The topography of the Upper Cuyahoga was shaped by Glaciers. Because of it’s constant flow and gentle current, the upper river is a great place for paddling and fishing. The extensive wetlands along the upper river provide excellent wildlife habitat and an abundant variety of plants and wildflowers. Willow, sycamore, elm, and button bush dominate the shoreline, while 50 species of fish and many mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians call the river and surrounding area home.
In 1974, 25 miles of The Upper Cuyahoga River was designated a state scenic river by the State of Ohio. The Cuyahoga River was designated an American Heritage River in 1998, and a National Heritage Corridor in 1996. The Upper Cuyahoga River offers some of the best paddling in Northeast Ohio and is our favorite place to paddle and guide trips.
22 miles of the river flow through Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Depending on water levels, water quality, and permits, this is another exciting river section to explore. 3 to 15 mile river trips are available upon request at various locations on the river.
La Due Reservoir
Completed in 1962, La Due Reservoir was formed by the damming of Black Brook and Bridge Creek. The reservoir provides flood control for downstream areas, replenishment of water to the Cuyahoga River, and quality source water for drinking water for the City of Akron. Because of this, the water quality on La Due is very good, which also makes it a popular fishing area.
With a maximum length of 5.5 miles and a maximum width of .8 miles, La Due offers plenty of shoreline to explore!
La Due is one of our favorite places to search for bald eagles and migratory birds and do evening sunset paddles, with the shimmering light reflecting off the water.
East Branch Reservoir
Completed in 1939, East Branch Reservoir is located in Geauga County and administered by The Geauga Park District within Headwaters Park. It was formed by damming the upper reaches of The Cuyahoga River. The reservoir supplies water to the City of Akron, its purpose being flood control to downstream areas, replenishment of the Cuyahoga River during dry periods, and maintaining a supply of quality water for drinking water. Because of this, boating on the reservoir is limited to electric motors only. A beech-maple forest, evergreens, and meadows surround the waters, while wild turkey, fox, owls, hawks, osprey, bald eagles, and a variety of songbirds call the area home. The reservoir is also a popular stopover for migrating birds in Spring and Fall. This natural watershed is one of our favorite places to look for bald eagles and many other birds and paddle in the evening or at night on a full moon, both of which offer spectacular colors reflecting off the water.
Managed by Summit County Metroparks, Nimisila Reservoir is one of the 13 bodies of water that make up the Portage Lakes. The reservoir has 16 miles of shoreline and four boat launches. The reservoir is home to eagles, osprey, and numerous other waterfowl, and is an important migratory stopover for many bird species. During the month of August , several thousand purple martins stop at Nimisila on their southward winter migration. Nimisila is an especially great place to kayak during this purple Martin migration, as well as at sunset or on a full moon.
*We also offer special 2-1/2 hour SUNSET KAYAK TOURS from August 3-18, 2019 so you can experience thousands of Purple Martins swarming all around you... magnificent, hats are a must!
The 102 mile long Grand River is one of only three rivers in Ohio designated as both a State Scenic and also a Wild River. It’s headwaters start in Geauga County and the river mouth flows into Lake Erie at Fairport Harbor. In Ashtabula County, three historic covered bridges span the Grand River. Whether paddling by steep cliffs on a downriver shuttle trip through the wild and scenic upper river, or doing a sunset paddle on the lower river out to Lake Erie, the Grand River offers many great paddling opportunities!
There are many opportunities for start places, contact us for details of where you want to begin your adventure!
The Mentor Lagoons Nature Preserve’s 1.5 mile shoreline represents the longest stretch of publicly accessible natural beach in the State of Ohio. Because of this, it contains a unique plant community that provides a refuge for several state listed rare plants. The refuge is home to many species of fish, snapping and painted turtles, an occasional beaver, as well as a stopover point for numerous species of migratory birds. You can rent kayaks and explore Marsh Creek, or take a tour with us out to Lake Erie, where we land on a secluded stretch of beach and explore before paddling back.
Create Your Own Adventure
Whether for a few hours, a day, or a week, we can put together a unique paddling experience for you. We have paddled throughout the United States, with a special connection to Northeast Ohio and the Southeast U.S.
We try to keep our group size to 10, but we can accommodate larger groups with prior notice and planning.
Call or email us to discuss putting together a customized kayaking itinerary for you.
Presque Isle State Park
Just a short drive from the Cleveland area gets you to the beautiful coastline and many recreational activities of Presque Isle State Park. Located in Erie, Pennsylvania, this 3,200 acre park offers 14 beaches, 21 miles of recreational trails, fishing, swimming, kayaking, and several nearby lighthouses to explore. Let us take you on a kayak trip to explore the marshes and coastline of this island gem. We can also take you on a day long outdoor itinerary of kayaking, a boat tour, hiking, lighthouses, and beaches-Perfect for groups!
(Contact Us to book one of these fantastic trips)
Call 440-463-4537 or email NorthCoastKayak@gmail.com