Where you'll go: This paddle departs from Whiskey Island, one of the few undeveloped green spaces adjacent to downtown Cleveland. We'll paddle across the Cuyahoga River along the Port of Cleveland, getting a close up view of the big ships that ply the waters of Lake Erie, before heading into Northcoast Harbor for a paddle alongside the historic SS Mather (a retired ore freighter turned shipping museum)and an opportunity to paddle under (yes...that's under!) the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame. We'll then paddle out to the West Harbor lighthouse for a close up view of a classic Great Lakes light.
What you'll see: A working harbor complete with ore boats, tugs, and other commercial ships; two operational lighthouses and an abandoned Coast Guard station; panoramic views of the Cleveland skyline, and close up views of the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame, the Great Lakes Science Center, and Browns Stadium. Wildlife sightings include: great blue heron, cormorants, and ducks.
Conditions to expect: This paddle remains behind the breakwall, so conditions remain generally flat. Boat traffic can kick up wakes and chop, especially in the area around the Cuyahoga River.
How far you'll paddle: 5 nautical miles.Duration: 3 hours (approximately 2.5 hours paddling)
What's included: Single sea kayak and equipment (paddle, PFD, sprayskirt, whistle, and light).