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Lake Erie is obviously the number one spot for kayaking in Cleveland, but the lake is enormous and has many different sections with different styles of water and surroundings to enjoy. Other lakes, as well as rivers and canals, can also be found in and around Cleveland for your kayaking enjoyment, and here are some of the top kayaking spots the city has to offer.
· Lake Erie
Lake Erie covers an incredible 9,910 square mile area and has a shoreline of around 800 miles, as well as several little islands to explore, with several just off the coast of Cleveland. Filled with fish and attracting all sorts of other wildlife, it’s an incredible natural wonder and a great place to kayak. Good kayaking spots around Lake Erie include Put-In-Bay island, Huntington Beach, and the Rocky River.
· The Flats
The Flats is one of Cleveland's most unique areas. This mixed-use district has been revitalized in recent years as a vibrant entertainment destination and culturally significant part of the city, and the titular flat waters of the Cuyahoga River provide the perfect setting for relaxing kayaking sessions.
· Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Just a short drive south of Cleveland sits the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The Cuyahoga River covers around 100 miles of ground and features a wide array of water styles from intense rapids to calmer stretches. The National Park features various launch sites and kayak rental services, making it easier than ever for keen kayakers to enjoy these waters.
· Ohio & Erie Canal
With a fascinating history behind it, the Ohio & Erie Canal can be a lovely location for a day of paddling. You can really feel all the industry and movement that these waters have played home to over the years, and there are some stunning views along the way. The canal runs for more than 100 miles too, so even on busy days, you can always find a stretch that isn't too crowded.