Paddle to the Point

Spend a Day On the Erie Shore

This paddle takes you from Sandusky Bay to Marblehead’s Bay Point for a picnic lunch on a stretch of beach accessible only by boat

Paddle Distance

About 7 nautical miles


6 hours (approximately 4 hours of paddling)

Guide to Participant Ratio


What You'll See

The Johnson’s Island Confederate Prison Camp and Cemetery;  a repurposed quarry that once provided stone for the breakwaters of Cedar Point, Lorain, and Cleveland, but now serves as the one of the area’s most unique marinas and waterfront communities;  coastal dunes and undeveloped sand beaches;  the roller coasters of Cedar Point across the bay;  wildlife including Great Blue Heron;  egrets;  sandpipers; and yellow-bellied flycatchers.

Conditions to Expect

This paddle takes place entirely within Sandusky Bay.  Wind and boat traffic can kick up a chop, but rarely more than 1ft.

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 at the Dempsey Access boat launch in Lakeside, Ohio.


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.