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Paddling & Water Trails

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).


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 rivers flowing through its parks. We do not manage or maintain the water trails. People who wish to canoe or kayak the Cuyahoga River or Tuscarawas River in Summit Metro Parks must bring their own equipment. 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. Paddle at your own risk. You are responsible for your own safety. 

Note: To
access the Cuyahoga or Tuscarawas Rivers from our parks at locations that are not official stops on a water trail, you must submit a Special-Use Permit.

Please review safety information.

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 expert 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.