Kayaking in Ohio

Kayaking Trips in Ohio

With almost 4,000 square miles of water in the state, Ohio has many great options for getting out on the water! Find kayaking trips in Ohio for every level of kayaker. Whether you're looking for a guided trip, kayak rentals, self-guided, day trip, multi-day trip, or anything in between, there's a kayaking trip in Ohio for you. If you've paddled Ohio before, be sure to share your trip with the rest of us!

Guide to Kayaking in Ohio

With ten designated river trails and state parks, Ohio has plenty of water miles ready for you! Read on for guides to planning your own kayaking trip to Ohio, seeking out an outfitted trip, connecting with other Ohio paddlers, and many other resources! Find info on popular Ohio paddling destinations such as:

  • Little Miami River
  • Hocking River
  • Lake Erie
  • Big Darby Creek
  • Ohio River

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Planning a paddling trip? Practice Safer Paddling and remember to ALWAYS WEAR A LIFE JACKET!

Kayaking Locations in Ohio

If you want to plot your own route, check out all paddling locations in Ohio! Search thousands of put-in and take-out locations on our Paddling Locations Map and be sure to download the Go Paddling app where you can save favorites or create and share a float plan!

Plan a Kayaking Trip in Ohio

Over the years, many of our paddlers have paddled throughout Ohio and were so generous to share their paddling experiences with us in a community trip report. Read a few examples of Ohio community trip reports below:

Have you paddled in Ohio? Post Your Trip and share with the community!

Articles about Ohio Paddling

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Connect with Kayakers in Ohio

Looking to connect with other paddlers in Ohio? Below are a number of resources to help get you started:

Kayaking Outfitters in Ohio

Looking to rent a kayak or go on a guided trip? Check out these outfitters in Ohio:

Kayaking in Ohio