2020 Season Update
It's that time of year again! We're super excited! Who's ready to paddle?
2020 SEASON UPDATE:
OPENING DAY: Port Clinton - Saturday May 23rd, 2020!
We’ve been quiet because honestly we didn’t know what to say for a while. We’ve been following everything that is going on very closely. We believe that life as we knew it has probably changed forever. That being said we have been working hard behind the scenes getting ready, adjusting, and adapting to this new way of life.
The health and safety of our family, employees, and our customers has always been our number one priority. We believe that there is no better way to social distance than being on the river in a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard!
Some things will be changing this year to help stop the spread of Covid-19 and keep everyone safe:
Our check in process will be done outside at several different check in stations.
Only 1 person will be allowed in the store at a time if you need to purchase items to help make your time on the river more enjoyable such as sunscreen, a bottle of water, or a waterproof case for your phone.
Every boat, life jacket, paddle, and other rental equipment will be thoroughly disinfected before and after each rental. This is going to require a lot of extra work and take time so please bear with us and be patient as we adjust to the new way of doing things.
Please help us maintain social distancing by keeping your distance from other parties of at least 6 feet.
Our usual willingness to help you in and out of your paddlecraft is going to be limited.
Now that that’s out of the way, it’s almost hard to believe that we are heading into our 5th season! We have been gearing up and getting ready! We are looking forward to the weather breaking and getting the boats in the water. This weekend is looking great!
The season officially kicks off on Saturday May 23rd in Port Clinton. We will be open 7 days a week all summer long for hourly rentals only.
Our Oak Harbor location opening day is to be determined. We are trying to figure out how to safely transport people up river in the livery van. We are hopeful that the opening of Oak Harbor and river trips will follow shortly.
We are saddened to say our annual special events have been postponed for now. Full Moon Paddles, Kids Night, Friday Night Sunset & S’mores Paddles, etc will be re-evaluated as time goes on and we see how the situation plays out with group gatherings. Keep an eye out on the Facebook page and website for details.
Some new things we have added this year:
We purchased over the winter what we call The Paddle Ship. This thing is the biggest and baddest paddleboard to ever hit the water. It measures at 16’ long and it can hold up to 2500 lbs!!! You can easily put your entire family on it! Unfortunately we have to limit it, for now, to people of the same household. This is only available at the Port Clinton location.
We also added a couple of baby Nigerian Dwarf goats to our family that you’ll be able to see hanging out at the paddling company in Port Clinton. Rumor has it that they like to paddleboard. (Pictures coming soon)
We truly appreciate you for supporting us through this adventure and look forward to seeing you on the river this summer!
Bryan, Amanda, Gavin, Vayda, Vylet, Ivy, Rivers & Crew :)
Your Next Adventure Awaits At
The Portage River Paddling Company!!!
Looking for your next adventure?
The Portage River Paddling Company is your premier outdoor water recreation & adventure destination. We cover the best 20 mile run that the Portage River has to offer. We are family owned and operated. Our mission is to get families outdoors to spend quality time together and help them create memories that will last a lifetime!
Come enjoy the scenic Portage River! Spend an hour or the day with us enjoying the eagles, heron, turtles, and other abundant wildlife up close and personal! Take a trip down the river or rent by the hour from either of our locations.
Pan for gem stones in Port Clinton or take a pedal boat out of Oak Harbor.
We are located just minutes from downtown Port Clinton and in downtown Oak Harbor. Come solo or bring the whole family! With options for single kayaks, double kayaks, canoes, pedal boats (Oak Harbor only) and stand-up paddleboards we have something for everyone.
Open daily from 10 am to 8 pm and sometimes later. Just stop in, message us on Facebook, or give us a call to make a reservation (not required).
The Portage River Paddling Company - Port Clinton is nestled on the scenic Portage River, just minutes from downtown Port Clinton, Ohio and Lake Erie. Located on 94 acres of pristine wildlife is where you'll find us. Come visit the scenic Judy Island, home to our resident bald eagles nest. Bring your fishing pole and try your luck.
The Portage River Paddling Company - Oak Harbor is located in the heart of downtown behind the iconic Oak Harbor Hardware Store and directly across the street from Evolve Riverfront Cafe.
If you are looking to take a load off, get some exercise on one of our paddleboards, become one with nature, or just take an adventure come out and see us. You'll be glad you did!
We'll see you the on river!