The Best Canoe and Kayak Rentals in Central Ohio

Adventure, City Guide, Family Friendly, Things to Do

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Written by Step Out Columbus

Published on April 10, 2024
Photo courtesy of Get Out Adventures on Facebook

Columbus sits at the confluence of the Olentangy and Scioto Rivers, so naturally we have some pretty sweet spots for a day out on the water.

If you’ve never taken advantage of the rivers and lakes around Columbus, take this as a sign to change that. One of my favorite memories was going kayaking with my college buddies during the pandemic. It was a perfect way to hang out, bond, and enjoy the nice weather.

I won’t even bring up the fact that my friend Tony thought he was docked on the bank of the river when, in fact, we were in water that was 10+ feet deep and he stepped out of the canoe and got absolutely soaked because that’s embarrassing for him! 😉

If you want to create great memories with your friends and family or just soak up nature, these kayaking and canoeing spots will hit the spot.

Recreation

Alum Creek Adventures

5940 Howard Rd Delaware, OH 43015

North

  • Recreation
  • Boating / Kayaking
  • Things To Do
  • Family Friendly

Our mission is to provide fun, family-oriented, environmentally friendly adventures on the beautiful North end of Alum Creek State Park. We offer single

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Recreation

Alum Creek Marina

4000 Hollenback Rd Lewis Center, OH 43035

North

  • Recreation
  • Boating / Kayaking
  • Marina
  • Things To Do
  • Family Friendly

A day on the lake and a lifetime of memories. ​ Alum Creek Lake is in Delaware County about 7 miles north of Columbus. The lake is paralleled by I-71

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Gahanna Parks & Recreation Paddle Boats & Kayaks

137 Mill St Gahanna, OH 43230

Northeast

  • Recreation
  • Boating / Kayaking
  • Family Friendly
  • Things To Do

We are excited to offer kayaking and paddle boats rentals once again at the Creekside Marina this season. Below are some Frequently Asked Questions:

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Recreation

Get Out Adventures

6000 Harriott Rd Powell, OH 43065

North

  • Recreation
  • Health / Wellness
  • Boating / Kayaking
  • Family Friendly
  • Things To Do

Get Ready to experience memorable and hassle-free outdoor adventures! Get Out Adventures is a division of Adaptive Sports Connection. 100% of net revenue

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Recreation

Hoover Adventures

8401 Oxbow Rd Westerville, OH 43082

Northeast

  • Recreation
  • Boating / Kayaking
  • Marina
  • Things To Do
  • Family Friendly

Hoover Adventures is THE Kayak and Canoe Rental service on the Hoover Reservoir in Westerville,Ohio. We have a fleet of vessels available to rent all day,

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Hughes Outdoors

5940 Howard Road Delaware, OH 43015

North

  • Recreation
  • Boating / Kayaking
  • Marina
  • Things To Do
  • Family Friendly

We have been part of the Alum Creek community for over 30 years. We come by our passion for the outdoors naturally and will continue to share that passion

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Recreation

LakeBound Outfitters

12408 Lancaster St Millersport, OH 43046

Eastside

  • Recreation
  • Boating / Kayaking
  • Things To Do
  • Family Friendly

Hello, we are Suzy and Suzy, a mother/daughter team. Mama Suzy is a retired RN who is going from farm life to lake life...trading in her saddles for paddles.

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Recreation

Olentangy Paddle

, 43214

Central

  • Recreation
  • Boating / Kayaking
  • Family Friendly
  • Things To Do

We offer kayaking on the Scioto River in downtown Columbus.

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Recreation

Pea Ohana Watersports

126 Muskingum Avenue, Suite P Zanesville, OH 43701

Other

  • Recreation
  • Health / Wellness
  • Boating / Kayaking

The Vision Bear and Marissa Davis are extremely excited to present Pea Ohana Zanesville which not only fits their narrative but will have

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Recreation

Sunrise Kayaking

20 S Riverview St Dublin, OH 43017

Northwest

  • Recreation
  • Boating / Kayaking
  • Family Friendly
  • Things To Do

Kayaking is a lot of fun, but it can be a pain to purchase, register, store, maintain, and transport all of the equipment. We take care of all of those

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Recreation

Trapper John’s Canoe Livery

7141 London Groveport Rd Grove City, OH 43123

Southside

  • Recreation
  • Boating / Kayaking
  • Closed
  • Family Friendly
  • Things To Do

A truly unique and adventurous outdoor experience! Located on the State and National Scenic Big Darby Creek. Trapper Johns has been privileged to operate

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Windrose Outdoor

233 S. Civic Center Dr Columbus, OH 43215

Central

  • Recreation
  • Boating / Kayaking
  • Marina
  • Things To Do
  • Family Friendly

In downtown Columbus on the Scioto Mile. The meeting location is Bicentennial Park (233 S. Civic Center Drive). We are located on the grass lawn right

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