5 Excellent Places for Beginners to Kayak in Ohio

By Mat Stevens

5 Excellent Places for Beginners to Kayak in Ohio

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Kayaking is one of the most enjoyable summer activities one can experience. Ohio is ripe with slow, relaxing, and scenic rivers and lakes sure to give you a memorable adventure and potentially build a life-long love of kayaking. If you’re getting ready to head out on the water with very minimal experience, it’s recommended to take a few lessons before you go. Here are five great spots for those lesser-experienced kayakers in the Buckeye State. 

1. Mohican River, Loudonville, OH

The Mohican River is a great way to spend a relaxing day kayaking down a slow-paced river that's especially great for new kayakers, and there's no shortage of kayaking supplies from rental stores nearby.

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2. Little Miami River, Cincinnati, OH

The Little Miami River is one of Ohio's most historic and beautiful areas. You can take your kayak through one of the most scenic rivers in the state, so it's a must-see experience for veteran kayakers and newcomers alike!

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3. Lake Erie

Lake Erie is an Ohio vacation hot spot that is especially conducive for those just starting out with a kayak and a paddle. With dozens of species of fish, small, easy-going tributaries, and scenic views of the forestry for miles around, this is sure to be a memorable experience!

4. Grand River

The Grand River stretches between two Great Lakes boasting 90 miles of scenic beauty, but it seems to be naturally designed to serve as a great kayaking spot for outdoor enthusiasts of every skill level. Whether you're looking for a relaxing scenic tour of nature or something a bit more challenging, the Grand River is a must!

5. Camp Hi, Cuyahoga, OH

Camp Hi on the American Heritage River is a prime spot for beginner kayakers because of its calm waters, scenic views, and accommodating guides. You can discover a new love for kayaking while not getting into white water danger in the process!

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