Lakewood's Cliffs and Coves Tour

Take to the Lake

This paddle departs from the Emerald Necklace Marina on the Rocky River.   Starting out in the protected water of the Rocky River, we’ll journey out to Lake Erie, and–sea conditions permitting–paddle offshore for a view of the Cleveland skyline.  Our return trip will take us westward along the impressive cliffs of the Lakewood coast.

Paddle Distance

5.5 nautical miles


3 hours (approximately 2 hours of paddling)

What You'll See

A spectacular river valley with impressive shale and limestone cliffs; riverfront homes (including the Elliot Ness home) and marinas; and a view of the Cleveland skyline.  Wildlife sightings include:  great blue heron, mallard ducks, wood ducks, cormorants, and if we’re lucky, bald eagles fishing along the coast.

Conditions to Expect

While the Rocky River is always calm, Lake Erie is a dynamic body of water, so conditions vary depending on the wind.   We will not venture into the Lake if waves are over 2ft., but it may be choppy at times.

What's Included

Single or tandem touring kayak and equipment (paddle, PFD, sprayskirt, whistle, and light).

Meeting Location

This tour meets at the 41 North Yak Shack, located in the Cleveland Metroparks Rocky River Reservation in Lakewood, Ohio.  Click the link or use the map below for directions to the Shack.


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.