What we're about

WHO WE ARE:

• A community of kayakers, primarily from Northeast Ohio... who desire to be active year-round.

• Devoted to Safety & Education first, but always seeking Fun & Adventure.

• Inclusive of all kayakers (beginners, intermediate, advanced) who wish to advance their kayak skills & to upgrade their gear.

• Where do we paddle? Wherever there is water!! Lakes, rivers, creeks, canals, etc.

• Activities are planned for both time on the water and time socializing in other settings.

• Opportunities for educational & training programs will be offered... both in the classroom and on the water from other organizations. Varied topics will be covered to help further your kayaking skills, regardless of your current level.

• Generally, events are organized right here in Northeast Ohio. However on occasion, we will expand our horizons to include surrounding states & even overnight trips (camping or hotel)

• Committed to collaboration with ODNR, ACA, USPS, local Metro Parks & outfitters, and also other boating groups that are in alignment with our goals.

HOUSEKEEPING RULES:

• You should always follow Ohio boating laws & regulations. Safety is always a priority.

• By becoming a member of this group, you must accept responsibility for your own safety,
always recognizing your own limits. This is a social paddling group and we are not guides, rescue, or emergency medical technicians.

• You should be respectful of the event host & your fellow paddlers. Please be ready to launch at the departure time. Come prepared. If not able to attend, please change your RSVP to "No".

• You need to consider your part in financially supporting the costs of this group. Each member will be expected to donate $5-10 per year. This is not mandatory however.

REQUIREMENTS FOR NEW MEMBERS:

• You have your own kayak/gear or have access to the same.

• You post a headshot picture, by yourself... along with a basic introductory statement.

• You answer all questions within the Profile Section.

Upcoming events (5+)

MOHICAN RIVER -- 17 miles, fast-paced

Mohican MTB Parking Lot

Ready for a workout?? Then this full day event is for you! This section of the Mohican River is very scenic (and very crowded during the summer months!!) ... so we're trying to get out ahead of the "masses" that show up later in the season to rent canoes/kayaks/etc. http://watercraft.ohiodnr.gov/portals/watercraft/pdfs/maps/wtmohican.pdf Our plan is to arrive prior to starting time to unload kayaks/gear. Then at 10 AM, we will run our own shuttle to position vehicles at the takeout point (Bridge of Dreams = 16.6 miles downstream). This will take about 45 minutes (round-trip) to return to the launch point. Obviously, we're hoping to have nice weather and water conditions! Please plan to bring your own lunch & non-alcoholic beverage for the trip. Also sunscreen, water, extra layers of clothing, etc. Other thoughts: make sure that your kayak license tags are current. Once we complete our trip, we will often look for a restaurant on way home to share dinner together. This is optional. NOTE: Since we need to cover the entire distance in a timely manner, this trip is not being listed as a "float" or for novice kayakers. We will be paddling, paddling, paddling! I hope you will join the fun. MINIMUM - 12 foot kayaks, no inflatables... The organizer reserves the right to edit RSVPs (if needed).

MOHICAN RIVER -- Slower & Shorter Trip

Bridge of Dreams

This is a "sub" event under the 17+ mile, fast paced paddle posted by David Johnson... same day, shorter route with a later start time. Ready for a workout?? Then this full day event is for you! This section of the Mohican River is very scenic (and very crowded during the summer months!!) ... so we're trying to get out ahead of the "masses" that show up later in the season to rent canoes/kayaks/etc. http://watercraft.ohiodnr.gov/portals/watercraft/pdfs/maps/wtmohican.pdf Our plan is to arrive prior to starting time to unload kayaks/gear. Then at 11:00 AM, we will run our own shuttle to position vehicles at the takeout point (APPROX[masked] miles downstream). This will take about 30 minutes to return to the launch point. Obviously, we're hoping to have nice weather and water conditions! Please plan to bring your own lunch & non-alcoholic beverage for the trip. Also sunscreen, water, extra layers of clothing, etc. Other thoughts: make sure that your kayak license tags are current. Once we complete our trip, we will often look for a restaurant on way home to share dinner together. This is optional. NOTE: We will be be completing this paddle in tandem with the 17+ mile, fast paced paddle with OKA. Once I have done my research, it will be a[masked] mile leisurely paced paddle. The organizer reserves the right to edit RSVPs (if needed).

Evening paddle & picnic @ SILVER CREEK MetroPark (Norton)

Boathouse Area, Silver Creek Metro Parks

Recently, I ran into this local gem Silver Creek MetroPark in Summit County. While it's not a huge body of water, I was told that it has almost 2 miles of shoreline. The water is clean, lots of picnic tables & facilities, along with sufficient parking/access. Definitely worth checking out after work!! We will meet at 5:30 PM and be on the water soon after. No boat ramp, but we can carry our kayaks down to the water's edge. All kayakers are welcome, regardless of skill or boat length. We will paddle approx 1.5 hours to explore and then come back to the launch area & have a pot-luck picnic. Please bring something to share. No alcohol is allowed. FYI - this metropark has excellent hiking & x-country ski trails. Equestrian as well. Swimming area & a big, beautiful park activity center. Additional info from site: The 1,008-acre Silver Creek Metro Park is tucked away in a quiet, rural area near Norton. Observant visitors will see traces of the past. Open fields, fence rows and a stately old barn, part of which dates back to the Civil War, are evidence of the park’s former life as the Harter Dairy Farm. Other park history hides beneath our feet. As coal is an important resource, it was mined in much of this area in the 19th century. Many of these mines closed in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The one-time farm has changed a great deal since Summit Metro Parks acquired the land in 1966. Thousands of trees have been planted, and the bathhouse and 50-acre lake – fed by a spring from an old mine near Wall Road – were built in the early 1990s.

KAYAK DEMO DAY & Potluck Picnic -- WALBORN RESERVOIR

Walborn Reservoir

Did you ever wonder what it might be like to paddle someone else's kayak? Well, here's your chance! We will be meeting at Walborn Resevoir which has a wonderful sandy beach area, along with proper facilities for restrooms, pavilion, grills, parking, etc... Check out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Walborn-Reservoir/238608972832523 We'll meet at boat ramp & sandy launch area. Please bring your kayak(s) for others to try out. I'm hoping to see recreational kayaks, fishing/angler kayaks, sit-inside & sit-on-top kayaks, whitewater kayaks, sea/touring kayaks... If you don't have a kayak yet, that's great! Come anyway. Here's a great opportunity to determine what kind of boat you might want to buy. You'll also have the chance to ask questions & also try different types of paddles, PFD's, and other gear. Who knows, you might even find someone willing to swap or sell their extra kayak/gear(?) This event should not only be educational (especially for beginner kayakers), but also a chance to connect with OKA paddlers & enjoy time on the water/beach. Bring a friend or guest if you wish. Around 1:00 pm, we'll fire up the grill for some hot dogs & chicken tenders (OKA will provide). Please expect to donate $5/ea to share costs. Paperware, cups, utensils provided. Please bring a side dish & beverage to share. (Note: Park location prohibits alcohol.) Pavilion has been reserved for OKA members (entire day). Plenty of picnic tables, charcoal grills (Jeff Farr will be the "grill master!") With OKA members, we have many kayak sizes, shapes, skill-levels to choose from! Check out the Swap & Shop "file" within our "Ohio Kayak Adventures Facebook page". At the Demo Day you can sell paddling equipment or possibly find equipment from your wish list at a reasonable cost. If you are uncomfortable posting within Facebook just send a message to me and I will maintain an on-going list. This is a great time to "adjust" your "toys". If you are selling a boat or have excess equipment or need some paddling gear - this is the venue. There will be a place to show stuff TBD at the event .This is a pilot activity so please throw a message my way if you think there's a better way to do it.

Past events (206)

Kayak Camping Trial Run

Mogadore Boathouse & Marina

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