Summit Metro Parks We're Your Back Yard


Boat rentals

Available at Silver Creek Metro Park            
May 28 through September 5
Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Holidays     
9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (weather permitting)
Boats and rates:
Canoes, Row Boats & Stand-Up Paddleboards                                       
$30.00 all day            

Pedal Boats
$5.00/half hour                                                       
Deposit: Visitors must provide a $20.00 refundable deposit and a valid driver’s license. At least one person in the boat must be 18 years of age or older. Payment may be made by cash or check only.

Personal watercraft are permitted in several locations:                                                           

Firestone Metro Park - Boating

Firestone Metro Park

Boat put-in access to Long Lake is available at the Confluence Area of Firestone Metro Park (electric motors and paddling only).


Gorge Metro Park Gorge Metro Park - Boating

Kayakers may access the Cuyahoga River through Gorge Metro Park. However, an access permit is required to go off trail, and a valid permit is neither expressed nor implied approval of kayaking on the river by Summit Metro Parks.

Please note: The park district does not own or control the water in the Cuyahoga River flowing through Gorge Metro Park. To access the water from our parks, please submit a Special-Use Permit. Kayakers must contact the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to determine what, if any, permission is needed before beginning the activity. Kayakers can visit American Whitewater for a comprehensive overview of this section of the river.

Liberty Park - BoatingLiberty Park

Boating (electric motors and paddling only) is permitted in the Tinkers Creek Area of Liberty Park. Boats may be placed in the water by hand as conditions permit. 

Munroe Falls Metro Park - BoatingMunroe Falls Metro Park

As conditions permit, boats (paddling only) may be placed in the water by hand May through November.  

Munroe Falls Metro Park - BoatingNIMISILA RESERVOIR Metro Park

As conditions permit, boats (electric motors and paddling only) may be placed in the water by hand year-round.  Boaters must follow Ohio Department of Natural Resources boating rules and regulations.

Silver Creek Metro Park - BoatingSilver Creek Metro Park

Launched from the boathouse at 5171 S. Medina Line Rd., Norton, boats (electric motors and paddling only) may be placed in the water by hand year-round as conditions permit. 

Summit Lake - BoatingSummit Lake

A boat launch is located outside the Summit Lake Nature Center in Akron. Enjoy beautiful Summit Lake for both water recreation and stellar fishing opportunities.



Summit Metro Parks manages access to the local rivers. We do not manage or maintain the water trails. People who want to canoe or kayak the Cuyahoga River or Tuscarawas River in Summit Metro Parks must bring their own equipment. Paddle at your own risk. You are responsible for your own safety. Always be aware of your surroundings, river conditions, hazards, the weather, and the water level. Know your equipment, limits, and skills. Don't paddle alone: let someone know your plans and when you expect to return.

Cuyahoga River Water TrailCuyahoga River Water Trail

Thanks to the efforts of local collaboration and partnerships, the Cuyahoga River Water Trail was designated in 2019 as Ohio's 13th water trail. The trail travels through several Summit Metro Parks areas and offers a beautiful option for exploring the Metro Parks on water. Be sure to learn more by visiting the Cuyahoga River Water Trail's official website, which includes maps and important safety information. 

Please note that the paddling access point at the Oxbow Area of Cascade Valley Metro Park is for experienced paddlers ONLY. This area includes challenging strainers.

Tuscarawas River Water TrailTuscarawas River Water Trail

From  the  heart  of  civilization  to  the  edge  of wilderness, the Tuscarawas River is a 130 mile long tributary to the Muskingum River.  Beginning  just  south  of  Akron,  it  flows  through  four  counties  before  joining  the  Walhonding River near Coshocton, to form the Muskingum River. The water trail takes paddlers through the center of urban living to the peaceful rural escapes of Eastern Ohio while passing historical sites and natural landscapes along the way.