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Beginning Friday May 24, 2024

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 skills, 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.

$20 / 1st Hour

($5 each additional 1/4 hour)


(2.5- 4hr Block)


(8hr Block – Must launch by 10:30AM)

$25 / 1st Hour

($5 each additional 1/4 hour)


(2.5 – 4hr Block) 


(8hr Block – Must launch by 10:30AM)

$25 / 1st Hour

($5 each additional 1/4 hour)


(2.5 – 4hr Block) 


(8hr Block – Must launch by 10:30AM)

Groups renting 6 vessels or more will receive 10% OFF
Groups renting 8 vessels or more will receive 20% OFF
Call for overnight rates
(440) 967-5292

Do I have to make a reservation?

Reservations are not required, but they are very much recommended. While we accept walk-ins, it more convenient securing a craft by placing a reservation for your planned arrival window. 

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.

Where can I launch my own vessel?

Unfortunately, we do not allow the launch of personal water crafts at our location due to marina policy. However, we are a 30 second drive from the public boat launch where you will find a self assisted launch. The cost is $3 and can be found at 777 W. River Rd, Vermilion Ohio, 44089. 

If you are planning a group outing, this location is only a 2 minute paddle away and makes a great meet up point.

Do you shuttle?

We do not shuttle. 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.

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
Bug repellent

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

Public beach access points.

Main Street Beach is the only public beach accessible from the water. All other beaches are private.

Can I bring alcoholic beverages?

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


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

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

Absolutely! We ask that you bring all your disposables and recyclables back and will happily collect it upon your return. 

Are public facilities available along the route?

There are no public facilities along the river. Facilities are available at launch point only and available during your visit. All properties along the river are private. Please plan all trips accordingly.

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 coats 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 vessel. If your pet is a Service Animal and does not fit within our acceptable criteria, paper work for your service animal must be provided. 

(440) 967 5292


Open daily 10AM – 6PM
Memorial Day to Labor Day
Last admission at 5 PM.
All vessels due back by 6 PM

655 W. River Rd.
Vermilion, OH  44089
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