5 Great Paddleboarding Spots in Ohio

By Mat Stevens

5 Great Paddleboarding Spots in Ohio

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Paddleboarding is a wonderful way to spend time on the water. Not only is the sport a great way to enjoy time outdoors, but it’s also an invigorating workout and a relaxing experience. Once you’ve got a handle on the basics, you’ll be ready to explore the waters of Ohio. With it’s beautiful lakes, including the magnificent Lake Eerie, Ohio makes for an excellent paddleboarding destination. Here are five great spots. 

1. Alum Creek State Park

Alum Creek State Park is the perfect place to go paddleboarding. The north end is great for beginners who want calm waters to get comfortable in. Shale cliffs and abundant nature lets you escape from the daily grind and connect with nature as you paddle. During the summer, SUP Columbus offers paddleboarding lessons, yoga, and excursions at Alum Creek. 

2. Hoover Reservoir, Westerville, OH

Hoover Reservoir is a great paddleboarding spot because of its easy access and limited boat traffic. You can sign up for paddleboarding lessons with SUP Columbus there, or just hit the water and forget your troubles. Crystal clear waters and calm currents make this spot one of a kind.

3. Lake Erie

Most Ohioans know Lake Erie as a great fishing spot, but it's also one of the best paddleboarding locations around. Check out Nalu Standup Paddle and Surf to pick up a brand new paddleboard or sign up for lessons and hit the lake!

4. Vermilion River

The Vermilion River is a great paddleboarding spot because of the sheer amount of beautiful natural sights you can experience along the way. With massive rocky cliffs, dense forestry, and even a healthy fish population. Vermilion River offers an experience unlike any other!

5. Olentangy River

The Olentangy River is 97 miles-long, and much of it is calm enough to be the perfect paddleboarding location. There's a limited amount of boat traffic and fishermen as well as a wealth of beautiful natural sights to take in, making Olentangy one of the most fun paddleboarding experiences you'll ever have!

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