Ready to hit the water?
Use the booking buttons below to see real-time availability and reserve your kayak or stand-up paddleboard online. Be sure to check out our safety guidelines and other important information about renting from 41° North below.
- To keep our customers and staff safe, advanced reservations are REQUIRED for all bookings. We will not accept walk-up reservations until further notice. The good news is, booking a kayak or SUP is a simple process! Use the buttons below to check availability and make a reservation online.
- Facial coverings are required during those times we social distancing with our staff is not possible, such as launching and landing your paddlecraft. You may remove your facial covering when you are paddling on the water or any other time when appropriate social distancing can be maintained.
- For more information on what we are doing to help mitigate the risk posed by the coronavirus, check out the COVID-19 FAQs at the bottom of this page.
$20 / first hour + $5 each additional 30 mins
Our fleet of stable light touring kayaks are perfect for beginner paddlers without sacrificing the performance you need for paddling in a coastal environment. All our single kayaks have dual bulkheads for safety on open water.
Paddlers must be at least 14 years old and accompanied by an adult to paddle a single kayak.
$25 / first hour + $5 each additional 30 mins
Our super stable tandem kayaks are perfect for beginner paddlers and a great platform for enjoying our Great Lake. Tandems also make a great choice for safely paddling with kids.
COVID-19 UPDATE: Tandem rentals are limited to members of the same household only.
$25 / first 1.5 hrs + $5 each additional 30 mins
Rent a stand-up paddle board (SUP) and see the Rocky River and Lake Erie coast from a whole new perspective. Our fleet of wide, stable SUPs are great for beginner paddlers.
Paddlers must be at least 16 years old and accompanied by an adult to paddle a SUP.
HOURS OF OPERATION*
SUMMER HOURS: MAY 23 to SEP 6th
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: SEP 8th to SEP 27th
Sat & Sun 9am-6pm (last launch at 5pm)
* weather conditions permitting, of course.
The 41° North Yak Shack is located in the Cleveland Metroparks Rocky River Reservation in Lakewood, Ohio. Our center offers paddlers 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.
Use the map below for directions to the Yak Shack.
DO I NEED A RESERVATION?
COVID-19 UPDATE: Reservations are required for all bookings until further notice.
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 use the booking buttons found at the top of the page.
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 1-866-529-2541 or email us at email@example.com to cancel or reschedule your reservation.
COVID-19 UPDATE: Please arrive at least 20-30 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.
WHAT ARE THE AGE LIMITS FOR PADDLING?
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.
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 participate in a safety briefing and review and agree to the 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.
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.
IF I'M HAVING A GREAT TIME, CAN I EXTEND MY PADDLING TIME? WHAT IF I RETURN MY KAYAK OR SUP LATE?
We encourage our paddlers to book for the maximum time you think you will spend on the water. Most renters will choose a 1.5 hour rental, which allows them time to get out on the Lake for about 30 minutes before heading back.
We can't allow paddlers to just extend their rental for a few reasons. The first is for your safety. We need to know when you are expected back so we can know if you are overdue!
The second reason is simple courtesy. We often will have other customers with reservations after you. When kayaks or SUPs come late, it eats into other people's time...which often means we have to refund those bookings.
For that reason, late craft will be charged a late return fee on the following scale:
- 5-30 minutes late: $5 per craft
- 30-60 minutes late: $20 per craft
CAN I BRING MY DOG?
Four-legged paddlers ARE permitted in a tandem sit-on-top kayak. Dogs must wear a properly sized canine life jacket, which you are responsible for providing.
Unfortunately, dogs are NOT permitted on standup paddleboards, due to the damage caused to the deck pads by claws.
WHAT ARE THE ESSENTIAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS TO RENT 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.
HAVE ANY OTHER QUESTIOnS?
Feel free to call our shop at 1-866-529-2541.
WHAT STEPS ARE YOU TAKING TO KEEP CUSTOMERS & STAFF SAFE?
While outdoor activities are shown to be low risk for transmitting coronavirus, the safety of our staff and customers is our highest priority. Here's what we are doing to keep our community safe:
- Minimizing customer/staff interactions by requiring customers use online reservations, payments, and waivers only.
- Requiring customers and staff to wear facial coverings whenever social distancing is impractical, such as during launching and recovery of watercraft.
- Spacing out our stations for check-in, safety briefing, and gear fit to maintain appropriate social distance.
- Separating our launch and landing areas to allow for more space between customers.
- Disinfecting surfaces of all shared rental equipment after each use. This includes not only watercraft and paddles, but also lifejackets, dry bags, and personal item storage bins.
- Reducing the number of watercraft we rent each hour and spacing out rental groups.
- Limiting paddlers in tandem kayaks to members of the same household and limiting groups to 10 or fewer paddlers.
DO I NEED TO WEAR A FACIAL COVERING?
Yes...but only during those times we social distancing with our staff is not possible, such as launching and landing your paddlecraft. You may remove your facial covering when you are paddling on the water or any other time when appropriate social distancing can be maintained.
A bandana, Buff, or other facial covering is perfectly fine.
DO YOU PROVIDE FACE MASKS IF I DON'T BRING ONE?
We have a limited number of cotton facemasks available for customers to purchase. The cost is $3, which will be charged to your credit card on file. However, we cannot guarantee we will have stock on the day you arrive, so we strongly urge you to bring your own.