Being the captain of your own watercraft is the perfect way to take in the scenic beauty of Vermilion’s Water Trail. That means paddling is part of the experience, and the key to enjoy it has a lot to do with the boat you’re in. That’s why our fleet was selected for stability, comfort and built-in tracking. With little instructions You’ll be able to paddle far with minimal effort!


  • All vessels are rented for a minimum of one hour followed by a 1/4 hour incremental rate
  • All rates are per craft and not per person



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 our marina 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. If you can not find a spot give us a call… We may have a secret spot available for you!

Do you provide 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.

Is this a shuttled trip?

All rented equipment will return back to the launch point. You can paddle upriver (for a more primitive trip) about 3 miles, 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.

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 

Have questions? Ready to book your trip?