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Thursday Evening Lake Paddle - Kiser Lake

The quiet and relaxing atmosphere of Kiser Lake State Park makes it a favorite Ohio getaway. 531 acres of rolling wooded hills and diverse wetlands add to the beauty of this scenic 396-acre lake known for its clean, clear waters.

In 1840, a dam was erected on Mosquito Creek to furnish power for a grist and saw mill. When power was no longer needed for this operation, the dam was neglected and most of the lake was lost. Interest in rebuilding the lake was revived in 1932 and construction of a new dam was begun in 1938. During 1940 all work on the spillway, dam, and bridges was completed and the valve was closed for the first time. Kiser Lake now has 394 surface acres of water and 5.5 miles of shoreline. It is a relatively shallow lake with abundant vegetation, including large areas of lily pads.

Enjoy leisurely after work paddle on Kiser Lake. We will circle the lake and check out the progress of the lily pads while also exploring a couple of the very small inlets. The paddle will be approximately 2 hours and distance will be decided by the group.



We will meet promptly at 6:15 PM and unload boats at the ramp. We will head around the perimeter of the lake toward the campground searching inlets and the numerous lily pads. If the conditions are right, we can stay out and watch the sunset.

If you are running late, please call. I will provide my cell number closer to the event time.

• Start

We will push off from the shoreline no later than 6:30 PM.

• Finish

We should be out of the water 8:45 PM + or -.

• Duration

Expect to spend about 2 hours on the water.

• Difficulty

This paddle is suitable for paddlers with flat water experience.  You must be 18 years of age or older and sign the liability waiver.  Its not a hard paddle, however there are obstacles to maneuver.

• What You See

Birds, wildflowers, wildlife.

• Restrooms

There are restrooms available near the boat ramp.

• Food

Bring water and snacks.  We could have dinner and beverages after the paddle at Carmelas Pizza in Park Layne off State Route 235. 

• Equipment

A boat that tracks well would be ideal, but not necessary.  This is a flat water paddle and a recreational boat will do well.

• What to Bring

PFD / hat / water / sunscreen / bug spray / dry clothes / dry shoes / dry bag / towel and safety equipment. Be prepared. 

PLEASE NOTE: I am not your guide.  I am a friend to paddle with that has provided you with group companionship and kayaking opportunity.



Directions on Google Maps

From I-70 Take exit 41 to merge onto OH-235 N toward New Carlisle

Go 23.9 miles

Destination will be on the right.

Coordinates:  40°11'49.6"N 83°58'41.0"W


Après-Paddle Directions

Carmela's Pizza

2015 S Dayton-Lakeview Rd New Carlisle, OH 45344 (actually in Park Layne)


Water and Weather Conditions

Beach Advisories

Harmful Algal Bloom Advisories

Weather - St. Paris, OH



Kiser Lake State Park Map

Kiser Lake State Park



I will ask that you sign ACCIDENT WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY when you arrive for this event or you can update your profile to indicate your acceptance of the risk.  Additionally, I will ask that you provide emergency contact information that will be destroyed after the paddle.


This paddle will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather or unsuitable water conditions.



Sunrise: 6:10am

Sunset: 9:06pm



No guests on the sign up.  Just ask your friends to sign up on Meet Up and RSVP to the paddle.  In this, we ensure everyone has accepted the liability waiver.  This protects everyone on the event.

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  • Eben K.

    Rob, Thanks for coming up with this paddle. It was definitely worth the ride from Columbus! The weather was a plus as well as meal after the paddle. I look forward to future explorations with you!

    1 · July 4, 2014

  • MaryKay

    Always wanted to get back on this lake and do a paddle .. sailboated on it many years ago. This will be a great way to start off the holiday weekend!

    1 · June 27, 2014

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  • Rob E.
    Donating Member 2015, 2016, Assistant Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Eben K.
    Donating Member 2015

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