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  Northwest Ohio Paddlers?
  Posted by: kim on May-26-13 11:51 PM (EST)

I am wondering if there are any paddlers in the northwest Ohio area that would be interested in getting together to paddle. We don't have the beautiful waterways that some parts of the country have and even other parts of Ohio have, but it would still be nice to get a group of people together to paddle. Please post a response if you are interested.

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  Northwest - - how far Northwest
  Posted by: yulester on May-28-13 12:22 PM (EST)
  Toledo Area
  Posted by: emanoh on May-28-13 11:14 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: May-30-13 10:31 AM EST --

In Toledo there are two clubs. You can google Toledo River Gang and the Northwest Ohio River Runners. TRG does a lot of whitewater, but there are a lot of spin off groups who open water boat and do rivers, etc. The NWORR spend a lot of their time on the Ottawa River and parts of Maumee Bay, not sure they venture too far away.

If you're into sea kayaking google the South Bass Island Kayak Rendezvous in two weeks. It's a big gathering of sea kayakers. In September there is the Kelleys Island poker paddle, another fun event for NW Ohio paddlers.

I think there is also a group in the Lorain area, maybe LoCo paddlers and another group in the Cedar Point area.

Post here if you have more questions.

  places to paddle
  Posted by: emanoh on May-28-13 11:18 PM (EST)
We do have some really great stretches of water in NW Ohio. Some stretches of the Maumee River are pretty damn pretty. The inner waters of the Woodtick peninsula and it's islands are pretty neat to check out. The Sandusky, Vermillion Huron and Portage rivers when running are extremely scenic. We also have the Erie Islands and the mouth of the Detroit River houses an international wildlife refuge that is pretty nice to paddle. Don't knock it until you try it. To top it off Toledo is basically within a day's drive of some of the most incredible rivers and lakes in the Midwest.

  Posted by: Howeld on May-29-13 12:55 PM (EST)
Im in Celina, OH on Grand Lake. The toxic algae levels climbed over safe limits in Grand Lake so not suppose to have contact with water so I'm done for the year here. Id be game for a saturday on the Upper Maumee or Augliaze rivers.
  Posted by: emanoh on Jun-01-13 9:01 AM (EST)
Don't you love how the original poster, posts and dashes? Hello, might want to return to your posting?
  Shift in the current
  Posted by: Kim on Jun-03-13 11:35 PM (EST)
Finally a chance to come back and check for any response to my post......we had a sudden illness invade our family that has diverted my attention. Things are starting to straighten out, but I won't have time to go paddling for a while. Sorry to hear Grand Lake is having problems again! Hope you all get some time on the water. Will check back when things are going smoother here.
  Posted by: Kim on Jun-04-13 12:13 AM (EST)
I prefer not to drive too far to paddle although I did take a day trip to Darby Creek just outside Columbus and had the best Mother's Day I can remember. The water level was just right and the weather perfect. I usually end up in or around the Allen, Auglaize area. Grand Lake, Indian Lake, the Auglaize or Ottawa River, the Miami Erie Canal around 40 acre pond, and local reservoirs.. Occasionally, Lake Loramie or Kiser Lake and the Maumee River around Defiance.
  Posted by: beaverjack on Jun-04-13 9:51 PM (EST)
Ohio's streams are all sewers. You can't go 5 miles without hitting a sewage plant outflow. The Maumee may be better, but all the "scenic" waterways are sewage fed streams, or drain heavy septic tank runoff areas.
  We have a great place to paddle
  Posted by: kayakthebay on Jun-23-13 9:23 AM (EST)
Take a look at my website and check out the video of kayaking in the Bass Islands in Lake Erie. I send people out all the time to see the limestone cliffs of South Bass Island and Gibraltar Island. Truly a beautiful place to kayak.
  Posted by: possumbutch on Jun-24-13 1:55 PM (EST)
contact we plan trips April to Oct.
  nw ohio paddlers
  Posted by: old_user on Jul-13-13 2:32 PM (EST)
hey there, I just moved back to the Findlay area, I am an avid kayaker, add me to the list! pm me for contact info.
  Toledo River Gang
  Posted by: emanoh on Jul-16-13 10:32 PM (EST)
  Posted by: emanoh on Jul-22-13 12:47 PM (EST)
It would be nice if you returned to your post or even replied to the PM message I sent. Another post and dash.
  Life just doesn't seem to slow down
  Posted by: Kim on Jul-29-13 11:01 PM (EST)
Working full time, helping my adult child with disabilities move into his own apartment for the first time, getting ready to send my youngest child off to college, helping my sister who was diagnosed with cancer and MS within the past few months and doing it all alone doesn't allow for enough time to stop back at as I would like, but I did want to post info on a event I just received an e-mail about. It is called Kayak For A Cure and it is coming up on August 10th. Go to for more info. This event is in Dayton Ohio and is being planned to raise money for the American Cancer Society. My schedule will not allow me to attend, but I would have loved to be a part of it. As a cancer survivor myself, I know first hand how important the work is of the ACS. What a fun and creative way to raise funds for research and support of paients and their families! Hope the event is well attended and enjoyed by those who are able to go.
  Not referring to you.
  Posted by: emanoh on Jul-31-13 8:31 AM (EST)
The guy from Findlay posted, I repled on the board and in a PM and never heard from him. I just don't get why people post looking for info and then never respond or return to their original post.

Sounds like you have a lot on your plate and getting on the water is a lower priority. Good Luck.
  Posted by: Kim on Aug-05-13 7:51 PM (EST)
You are right, my plate is full right now....but I have hope that things will slow down in time, until then it is a nice diversion every now and again to stop by this site. Happy Paddling
  Sure do
  Posted by: sully on Apr-11-14 5:41 PM (EST)
we have the Maumee and the Ottawa. both dump out into the big lake. Ottawa has a canoe/kayak launch only in shoreland and has a group the paddles every Tuesday night at 6. I use this put in to go out to the peninsula and islands myself and up the creek/river many miles
  Updated website
  Posted by: emanoh on Apr-14-14 4:00 PM (EST)
The Toledo River Gang has an updated website.
  NW Ohio exploring
  Posted by: Barryt on Apr-27-14 1:31 PM (EST)
Just moved to NW Ohio, would really like to explore all the rivers and lakes. It would be fun to document this information in pictures and writing for other local paddlers, to include GPS location information
  Posted by: emanoh on Apr-30-14 9:22 AM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Apr-30-14 2:14 PM EST --

Barry, set a profile so people know more about what kind of boating you're into. Also got your personal email off the places to paddle page and I responded. Thanks for not following up after I gave you a bunch of info. Not surprised. People all the time ask questions off this site and then never return to their posts or reply after experienced boaters take the time to offer advise and insider info.



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