Cleveland Rocks Tour

Check Out "The Land" By Sea

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.

Paddle Distance

About 5 nautical miles


3 hours (approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes of paddling)

Guide to Participant Ratio


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 take place primarily behind the harbor breakwall, so conditions remain generally flat.  However, boat traffic can kick up wakes and chop, especially in the area around the Cuyahoga River.

What's Included

Single or tandem sea kayak and equipment (paddle, life-jacket, whistle, spray skirt, and white safety light).

Meeting Location

This tour meets in the beach parking lot at Wendy Park on Whiskey Island.


Skill Level

No experience necessary.  This tour is appropriate for beginners who are comfortable on the water and accustomed to moderate exercise.

Age Limits

14 and over only, please. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants ages 12 and over may participate as the front paddler in a tandem with an adult.

Height and Weight Limits

In order to ensure your comfort and safety, participants should be between 5′ and 6’4″ tall and 95 lbs to 235 lbs.

Non-Discriminatory Essential Eligibility Criteria

In order to participate in this program, each participant must satisfy the following essential eligibility criteria: 

  • Be able to independently participate in all individual skills and activities while also maintaining an appropriate and safe body position.
  • Be able to hold their breath while under water and, while in the water wearing a properly fitted lifejacket, be able to independently turn from a face down to a face up position keeping their head above water. 
  • Be able to effectively communicate with the instructor and other program participants. 
  • Be able to manage all personal care independently, or with the assistance of a companion.
  • Be able to manage all personal mobility independently, or with the assistance of a companion.