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2020 SEASON COVID-19 UPDATES
In order to adhere to the new social distancing guidelines put forth by the State of Ohio, We have moved forward with the following processes:
1. No dogs/pets – Pets tend to increase socialization between people and may make social distancing more of a challenge.
2. Our rental inventory has been reduced, in an effort to reduce the amount of foot traffic at any given time. We highly recommend making a reservation
3. For larger groups: groups must be broken down to 10 people or less.
4. All kayaks will launch and return from an EZ-Dock kayak launch to minimize contact between guests and staff, and to allow for safe self assisted water entry.
5. Waivers have been made available form print on our website. Waivers can be completed in advance to minimize time during check-in.
6. We will no longer be able to store personal belongings with the exception of car keys. We do have large bins available, we also recommend storing valuables in your vehicle, or off site.
7. Cleaning Procedures: Our equipment will undergo a thorough cleaning process that will require a minimum of 20 minutes in addition to dry time between use.
8. Canoes and tandem kayaks, as per the new guidelines, can only be rented to residents of the same household.
We value your patience in an effort to keep our staff and our guests safe and healthy. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions or concerns.
Thank you for your continued support!
West River Crew
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.
Groups renting 6 vessels or more will receive 10% OFF
Groups renting 8 vessels or more will receive 20% OFF
Do I have to make a reservation?
Reservations are not required, but they are very much recommended. While we accept walk-ins it is you will have a better chance at securing a kayak, canoe or paddle board by making a reservation. We will need to know the date and time you plan to arrive, the exact item(s) you would like to rent and call back number.
Reservations can be placed by calling our office at (440) 967-5292. Please keep in mind that we are very busy during hours and that phone lines can get tied up. We appreciate your patience during these times.
You man also make a reservation by email if you are planning well enough ahead!
Are public facilities available along the route?
There are no public facilities along the river. Facilities are available at our marina only and available during your visit. All developed properties along the river a private. Please plan all trips accordingly.
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 (we do not have them available)
Change of clothes
Water shoes or change of shoes
Indians, Browns or Cavs ball cap
What is the minimum age requirement?
The minimum age to ride your own watercraft is 14 years of age. Anyone under the age of 18 must have a Parental Consent form signed and available at the time of registration. Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult
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 launch my own kayak/Canoe/Paddle Board?
Unfortunately, we do not allow the launch of personal water crafts at our location due to an updated marina policy. 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!!
There is NO SMOKING
We do not allow smoking while paddling in our equipment or wearing our PFD’s.
Do you provide paddles and PFD's?
Is there beach access from the lake?
Main Street Beach is the only public beach accessible during your trip. All other beaches are private.
What can I learn while paddling on the Vermilion River
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.
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.