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Fairly new to kayaking, we launched our kayaks at the beach on Lake Shore Drive in Celina, Ohio and paddled approx. 7 miles along the tree lined shores of Grand Lake St. Marys. On a calm and clear day, you can see the entire length of the lake which is about 9 1/2 miles long.
The Northshore of the lake is populated with well kept yards and channels and the Southshore has more natural habitat, from nesting eagles to blue herons and egrets, and many, many ducks of different species. An enjoyable journey at any pace for the touring kayakist or canoeist.
CAUTION: The lake is large and shallow and does get rough suddenly when storms come up. Do not stay out too long as storms approach rapidly. Take cover in numerous channels and creeks. And while you're up a creek, visit the many pubs, taverns, restaurants that are located around the entire lake.
Make a Day Trip to an amazing inland waterway in West Central Ohio. A wonderful body of paddling water within a 2 hour drive of Columbus, OH; Indianapolis, IN; Cincinnati, OH; and Toledo, OH. Come enjoy the warm hospitality of the many establishments around the lake with 52 miles of shoreline.
The lake also hosts the Celina Lake Festival the last full weekend of July every summer. This water festival features many water/lake activities and is the largest alcohol-free family fun weekend in Ohio.
The Kayak Wing