Portage River Paddling Company - Oak Harbor
Our Oak Harbor location is right in the heart of downtown Oak Harbor, Ohio. You can find us directly behind the iconic Oak Harbor Hardware store and right across the street from Evolve Riverfront Cafe! Oak Harbor has that small town Ohio charm and it is where we call home!
This stretch of the river is completely different from the Port Clinton location. The Portage River here is a lot more narrow and winding giving you a feeling of being in Southern Ohio. We are just 9 miles downstream from the Village of Elmore.
Just like Port Clinton, you can rent kayaks, tandem kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards by the hour and go out and explore this beautiful section of the Portage. In addition to all of the above we also offer pedal boats at our Oak Harbor location as well. This provides a unique way to see what the Portage River is all about.
We run two trips out of Oak Harbor. A 4 mile trip and an 9 mile trip. Hands down, our 9 mile trip starting in the Village of Elmore is by far our most scenic river trip we offer. This has always been my favorite stretch of the river to explore. There is a good chance you will find old bottles and other unique treasures long forgotten about. For more information and launch times see our river trips page.
Another unique feature about our Oak Harbor, Ohio location is we are right in the heart of Oak Harbor's annual Apple Festival held the second weekend in October. This festival is heading into its 40th year and draws a crowd of 25,000 people each and every year! That's roughly 10 times the population of Oak Harbor! You can find more information on Oak Harbor's Apple Festival here.
Weather permitting this is our last hurrah for the season where we offer festival-goers the option to take one of our vessels out on the river.
Make sure to build up an appetite while on your river adventure and stop at Evolve Riverfront Cafe afterwards. Better yet, stop in and get a sack lunch to take on your trip with you! Remember they are right across the street from us. This unique cafe offers baked goods, sandwiches, salads and a variety of specialty drinks including my favorite, bubble tea! They also have daily lunch specials, follow them on Facebook here.