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Canoeing and Canoe Rental in Cleveland, OH

Discover the serene beauty of the Cuyahoga River in a way that's both exciting and peaceful—through canoeing! Whether you're a local or a visitor in Cleveland, OH, embarking on a canoe trip is an excellent way to spend a sunny day outdoors. One of the best spots to start your adventure is Camp Hi Canoe & Kayak, your gateway to exploring the picturesque waterways of the Cuyahoga River.

Why Choose Canoeing?

Canoeing isn't just about paddling; it's about connecting with nature, unwinding from the daily grind, and creating memorable experiences with friends and family. It's a low-impact activity that people of almost all fitness levels can enjoy. Plus, it gives you a unique perspective of the Cleveland area’s rural landscapes from the water.

It's peaceful, exciting, and a bit of an adventure all rolled into one. You might see some wildlife, and fish jumping. You may even plan a picnic during your trip. It's a unique way to see and enjoy the rural Cleveland area, offering both calm stretches of water perfect for beginners and more lively sections for those looking for a bit of excitement.


Why Camp Hi Canoe & Kayak?

Now, if you're thinking, "This sounds great, but I don't have a canoe or kayak," don't worry! Camp Hi Canoe & Kayak has got you covered. This place is a top choice for anyone wanting to explore the Upper Cuyahoga River. Whether you're new to canoeing or you've paddled a thousand times, Camp Hi offers a fantastic experience. 

We provide all the equipment you need, including life jackets. We have over 100 canoes and a wide selection of kayaks to choose from. Plus, we offer various trip lengths, so whether you want to be out on the water for just a couple of hours or nearly the whole day, they have options for you. You can choose a trip from one, two, three, or up to seven hours long.

Camp Hi isn't just about the river; it's about making sure you have a great time. The staff are friendly and know a lot about canoeing and kayaking, and we’ll help make your trip safe and fun. And the best part? It's suitable for almost everyone - families, friends, or even if you want a solo adventure. Located a short drive from Cleveland, Camp Hi Canoe & Kayak offers a variety of canoe and kayak rental options that cater to both beginners and seasoned paddlers. 

Here’s Why It Should Be Your-Go-To Place

Friendly and Knowledgeable Staff

Our team is there to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable time on the water. We’ll guide you on everything from safety measures to the best routes to take.

Various Trip Lengths

Whether you're in for a short jaunt or a day-long expedition, Camp Hi has options ranging from a couple of hours to a full day of paddling. Choose what best fits your schedule and energy level.

Beautiful Scenery

Equipment and Safety

The Upper Cuyahoga River immerses you in a peaceful, quiet, natural Ohio environment. This is far and away from urban sprawl. This backcountry Ohio is unspoiled from development. The upper river is a marsh, wetland stream. This has slow currents and lots of lily pads. Closer to ending your trip, the current picks up the pace. The faster riffle current is exciting as you paddle through the Hiram Rapids community. The seven-mile trip ends with a slower current and homes along the shore.

The lower stretch of river South of Camp Hi is shallower, (2-3 feet deep) and wooded.

You paddle under bridges and past homes nestled along the shore. The wooded shores are full of birds, and occasional otters and muskrats.  This stretch is easy for all skill levels.  Youth groups have just enough challenges to build their canoeing skills.

This trip ends with a shuttle back to your car.

Not only does Camp Hi provide high-quality canoes and kayaks, but they also equip you with all the necessary safety gear, including life jackets. Their briefings on safety and paddling techniques are great for first-timers.

Preparing for Your Canoe Trip

  • Online Booking:   Choose what watercraft you want. Pick your best time and date.  Pay and come on out! It’s quick and easy!

  • Phone Reservation: Prefer talking to someone? Planning for a group? Give us a call and we’ll help you reserve your boat and answer any questions.

Best Times to Book:

  • Avoid Peak Hours: Mornings are usually quieter. Weekdays are less crowded than weekends. The best discounts are on the weekdays and for groups.

  • Weather Conditions: Check the forecast. Sunny and mild days are perfect but avoid windy or stormy weather

What to Bring

  • Waterproof Bag: Keeps your phone and belongings dry. Camp Hi offers waterproof phone totes for sale.  Other items are offered for sale in our office. retail shop.

  • Water: Stay hydrated out there.

  • Snacks: For energy boosts.

  • Sunscreen: Protect your skin from the sun.

Clothing and Footwear:

  • Wear quick-dry clothes and layers. Avoid cotton if you can.

  • Old sneakers or water shoes are best. Avoid flip-flops—they can slip off easily.

View our Full-List of Essentials

Safety and Paddling Tips

  • Basic Paddling Techniques:

Learn some basic strokes before you go. Knowing how to steer and control your speed is super helpful. Watch our safety video online from America Outdoors. Or see a staff member for some tips on canoeing.  Strokes most used are forward, back, draw, and pry. ​

  • Basic Paddling Techniques:

Learn some basic strokes before you go. Knowing how to steer and control your speed is super helpful. Watch our safety video online from America Outdoors. Or see a staff member for some tips on canoeing.  Strokes most used are forward, back, draw, and pry. ​

  • Navigating Safely:

Stay aware of your surroundings and follow the river’s flow. All trips go downstream. They either start at State 422 or begin at Camp Hi.  Finish points are either at Camp Hi or State 82, or the town of Mantua. Please avoid straying from the river. The trip is for paddling, not hiking. Your trip has a determined start and ending point.  We appreciate you for following the set course.

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Canoeing Trips Offered by Camp Hi

Conservation and Respect for Nature

  • Leave No Trace: It’s crucial to respect wildlife and keep the river clean. Carry out what you carry in.

  • Camp Hi’s Environmental Stewardship: Camp Hi promotes taking care of the environment. Join them in preserving the beautiful Cuyahoga River for future adventurers. Our clients take pride in picking up litter.  Our staff gets out to litter pick up too. Camp Hi keeps the river channel open by sending out a chainsaw team to cut logs away. With every weather event, there is potential storm damage on the river. Ongoing oversight of the river is our goal for the 11 miles used by Camp Hi Canoe and Kayak. The Upper  Cuyahoga River is a true gem of the Cleveland area and Northeast Ohio.

Preparing for your canoe trip can make the difference between a good day and a great adventure. With these tips and recommendations, you’re all set for a fantastic time on the water with Camp Hi Canoe & Kayak. Enjoy paddling, take in stunning views, and most importantly, have fun!​

Ready for Adventure?

If you’re excited about experiencing the beauty and peacefulness of canoeing in Cleveland, OH, Contact Camp Hi Canoe & Kayak today! Plan a fun day out with friends, family,  or your group.  Camp Hi is your go-to for an unforgettable canoeing adventure. Don’t wait to create memories that will last a lifetime – book your canoe trip now!

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