Kayak 41 North

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Rentals

KAYAK & PADDLEBOARD

RENTALS AT THE YAK SHACK

For those who prefer to paddle at their own pace, kayak and stand-up paddleboard (SUP) rentals are available at The 41° North Yak Shack Rental Center in the Cleveland Metroparks Rocky River Reservation in Lakewood, Ohio.   

 
NOTE:   WE ARE VERY BUSY ON SUMMER WEEKENDS & HOLIDAYS.   WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND RESERVING YOUR BOAT OR BOARD ONLINE BEFORE YOU VISIT.


CLICK THE BUTTON BELOW TO RESERVE YOUR KAYAK OR SUP ONLINE:

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HOURS OF OPERATION*

SUMMER HOURS  MemORIAL DAY to LABOR DAY

  • Mon-Fri    10am-7pm   (last launch at 6pm)
  • Sat & Sun   9am-6pm   (last launch at 5pm)

HOLIDAYS  MEMORIAL DAY,  JULY 4th,  & LABOR DAY

  • 10am-5pm   (last launch at 4pm)

FALL HOURS  LABOR DaY to SEPT 30

  • Sat & Sun    9am-6pm  (last launch at 5pm)

* weather conditions permitting, of course.

RATES

SINGLE TOURING KAYAK

  • $20 / FIRST HOUR + $5 EACH ADDITIONAL 30 MINS

TANDEM (2 PERSON) KAYAK 

  • $25 / FIRST HOUR + $5 EACH ADDITIONAL 30 MINS

STAND-UP PADDLEBOARD (SUP)

  • $20 / FIRST HOUR + $5 EACH ADDITIONAL 30 MINS

GETTING HERE

OUR LOCATION

The Yak Shack offers direct access to the Rocky River and Lake Erie.   From our center, it is an approximately 1-mile paddle down the placid Rocky River to Lake Erie.   As long as waves are under 2 feet and winds under 10 knots, you are free to head out onto Lake Erie.

RENTAL FAQs

WHAT KAYAKS AND BOARDS DO YOU RENT?

The Yak Shack offers a selection of high quality single touring kayaks and tandems from top kayak manufacturers such as Wilderness Systems, Dagger, and Perception Kayaks.    We also rent use American-made SUPs from Glide SUP.

DO I NEED A RESERVATION?  OR CAN I JUST WALK UP?

We are frequently sold out on the weekends during peak hours, and can't guarantee we'll have boats or boards available unless you have a reservation.   On weekdays, walk-ups are usually not a problem, but if you have a large group, you really should make a reservation in advance.   Fortunately, booking online is really easy!  Just click here.

WHAT ARE YOUR CANCELLATION POLICIES?  WHAT IF THE WEATHER IS BAD?

All reservation fees are refundable for cancellations made more than 90 minutes before your scheduled launch time.    In the event of inclement weather, we are happy to reschedule your rental or give you a full refund.   Call or text us at 216-392-3074  or email us at info@kayak41north.com to cancel or reschedule your reservation.

Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your booking time to review our safety guidelines, sign waivers, and get fitted for lifejackets and kayaks.   If your group is large, come even earlier!  Because other customers may have reservations after you, we may not be able to extend your time on the water if you arrive late.

DO YOU HAVE ANY AGE LIMITS?

Participants must be at least 14 years of age & accompanied by an adult in order to paddle to paddle a single kayak; (children under 14 may paddle in a tandem with an adult; minimum weight for children is 35 lbs). Children must be at least 16 years old & accompanied by an adult to paddle a stand-up paddle board (SUP). The minimum weight for SUP rentals is 100lbs.

 

All children under 18 must have waiver signed by a parent or guardian.  This can done online when you make your booking or you can download a waiver here 

ARE THERE WEIGHT LIMITS?

The following general weight limits are in effect for kayaks and SUPs.   For more specific weight limits for each of the models of kayaks and SUPs that we rent, click here.

    • SINGLE KAYAK - min 95 -  max 245lbs
    • TANDEM KAYAKS- combined weight max of 475 lbs, with no individual exceeding 245 lbs.
    • SUPs - min 95 - max 215 lbs.

 

WHERE CAN I PADDLE?  

From our location, you can paddle on the Rocky River.   An hour rental will easily allow you to paddle to Lake Erie and back.  

As long as waves are under 2' and winds are under 10 knots, you are free to paddle on Lake Erie within 1/2 mile of shore.

We do not permitted paddling in the following areas:  the Rocky River upstream of Cleveland Metroparks Drive;  the Cleveland Yachting Club west channel;  Clifton Lagoon.

WHAT SAFETY RULES ARE IN PLACE?

We take safety seriously.   While the Rocky River is a Class I River, and is always calm, it is a busy waterway shared by recreational boaters, sailboats, and other users.   Lake Erie's power must be respected.   That's why we ask all paddlers to abide by simple rules to keep them safe on the water.

Rentals are restricted to the Rocky River if conditions on the Lake exceed winds of 10 knots from the west, northwest, north, northeast, or east,  waves greater than 2ft, or offshore winds (south) exceeding 15 knots.

All kayakers are required to review and agree to 41 North safety guidelines in order to rent a kayak or SUP.   These include the nautical  "Rules of the Road" for interacting with other vessels, as well as an agreement to wear your life jacket (or inflatable belt pack for SUPS)  at all times.   Failure to abide by these policies may result in a citation by maritime authorities and/or loss of rental privileges.

Each kayak rental comes with a properly fitted PFD (personal floatation device), paddle, spray skirt (if requested) and bilge pump.

WHAT ARE THE ESSENTIAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR RENTING A KAYAK OR SUP?

All participants must be able to enter and exit a boat, maintain balance in a boat or on an SUP without assistance, and must wear a properly fitted PFD at all times (i.e., on, zipped, and buckled).   If your body type doesn't enable you to fit in one of our PFDs, you must bring your own.