See you again in 2020!!

Welcome to the West River Paddling Co. located in the beautiful harbor town of Vermilion, Ohio! Our crew is waiting to provide the water lovers of the world with the opportunity to engage in unforgettable adventures along the Lake Erie Shoreline and Vermilion River Watershed. Whether you are looking to cruise at your own pace, hone in on some, or learn something new with our informative team… we have got you covered!

We welcome those both skilled and new to the world of paddle sports! Our guests can rest assured knowing that each paddler will receive prior instruction for their kayak, canoe or paddle board before setting off on your new adventure.



HALF DAY (4hrs) $42
ALL DAY (8hrs) $62

Overnight/Weekly rates available.



HALF DAY (4hrs) $54
ALL DAY (8hrs) $74

Overnight/Weekly rates available.



HALF DAY (4hrs) $54
ALL DAY (8hrs) $74

Overnight/Weekly rates available.

Groups renting 6 vessels or more will receive 10% OFF
Groups renting 8 vessels or more will receive 20% OFF

What should I bring?
Plan on how the outdoor elements may affect you. You may want to bring the following;

Bottled water and snacks
Zip-Lock bags for belongings
Change of clothes
Water shoes or change of shoes
Indians, Browns or Cavs ball cap
Bug spray

Where do I park?

Parking for West River is located at the top of the hill at 655 W. River Rd. Vermilion, Ohio. If you plan to leave belongings in your car we advise they be locked in your trunk. Additional parking can be found in front of Rotary Park (Water Tower Park) adjacent to our parking lot. Parking at the bottom of the hill is prohibited as it is reserved for our boat captains.

Can I bring my pet with me.

At this time, we only allow K9 companions at a max weight of 35 lbs in Canoes Only. We do not allow animals that must be held due to their fur coming into contact with our PFD’s or padded seat rests. We do not allow animals that are kept in pet carriers due to the likelihood of a capsized boat. If your pet is a Service Animal and does not fit within our accepted criteria, please provided paper work for your service animal.

Can I bring my own kayak/Canoe/Paddle Board?

Unfortunately, we do not allow the launch of personal water crafts at our location. However, we are just a 30 second drive from the public boat launch. There you will find a full operational ADA launch. The cost is just $3 and can be found at 777 W. River Rd, Vermilion Ohio, 44089. No joke… only 30 seconds away!! 


We do not allow smoking while paddling in our equipment or wearing our PFD’s. 

Do you provide paddles and PFD's?
We provide all safety and paddle equipment with each watercraft rental. This includes your Personal Flotation Device, paddle and safety whistle. PFD’s must be worn and secure before each launch and will be asked to remain on while on your craft or along the shoreline.
What can I learn while paddling on the Vermilion River
Congratulations! You have just found a group of local folks who are passionate about what they do and love to share their knowledge. Follow these links if you are looking for a guided trip, or a lesson. Follow the blue link if you would like to learn more about the Vermilion River Watershed 
Is this a shuttled trip, or do you pick us up?

All rented equipment will return back to the launch point. You can paddle upriver about 3 to 3.5 miles for a more scenic trip, or to Lake Erie (on advisable days) about a 1/4 mile. Make a day and paddle both and at the end of your trip come back to the launch point for an assisted exit from your watercraft.

Can I bring alcoholic beverages?

In order to ensure a safe experience we prohibit alcoholic beverages on our trips.

Can I pack a cooler, or bring snacks and beverages?

Absolutely! If you plan to bring snacks, drinks, or pack a cooler, we ask that you bring all your disposables and recyclables back with you. We will be happy to collect it upon your return. 

(440) 967 5292

Site Location:
655 W. River Rd.
Vermilion, OH  44089
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Open Hours

Open daily 10AM – 6PM
Memorial Day to Labor Day

Last admission at 5 PM

Payment Method

Cash or Credit accepted


Customer Service

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