Updated June 2020

When visiting Ohio's Lake Erie Shores & Islands, you'll likely want to get out on the lake in some fashion. Water recreation is an essential source of activity in the summer and the options are endless here. Practicing water safety is imperative; always wear a life jacket. For jet ski and wave runner rentals, all drivers born after January 1, 1982 must have an Ohio Boating License or be able to pass a test administered at the time of the rental. Please note that the following are listed in alphabetical order:


  1. Clemons Boats
    8009 Barrett Rd., Sandusky
    Boat rentals are available for almost any use - fishing, skiing, tubing, or just boat riding and sightseeing on Sandusky Bay or Lake Erie. See website for important requirements. Advanced reservations are strongly recommended.
  2. Coupling MetroPark
    11618 SR 13, Milan
    Canoes, paddles, and life jackets available with advanced reservations for use on the Huron River.
  3. Endless Summer Island Charters
    at East Harbor State Park Marina
    2188 N. Buck Rd. (SR 269), Marblehead
    Jet Ski rentals, shipwreck diving, and tubing. Overnight accommodations, winery tours, and cave tours can be arranged. Weekday, evening cruises, entire weekends, and packages available. Specializing in Lake Erie island tours, snorkeling, fishing, sunset cruises, and beach picnics.
  4. Erie Shore Wave Runners
    at Captain’s Corner Marina
    655 W. River Rd., Vermilion
    Hourly wave runner rentals on the Vermilion River with access to Lake Erie within a 2.5 mile riding radius with an escort for safety.
  5. Freedom Boat Club
    4422 Barnum Rd., Port Clinton
    Become a member and rent from a selection of boats without the hassle and responsibilities of owning. Choose your boat, including fishing boats, deck boats, bow riders, pontoons, and cruisers.
  6. Jet Ski the Bay
    next to Bayshore Resort
    Bath St., Put-in-Bay
    Jet Ski rental is by the half hour and can be reserved online. Areas marked with buoys for Jet Skis. 2 ½ hour guided tours also available.
  7. Kayak The Bay, LTD
    760 Bayview Ave., Put-in-Bay
    Rent a kayak and explore Put-in-Bay harbor and Lake Erie. See the limestone cliffs of Gibraltar Island and South Bass Island. Guided tours also available. Great for beginners, families, and large groups. See the third tallest national monument, collect beach glass, get adventurous and explore, or have lunch on neighboring islands. If you can ride a bike, you can kayak the bay.
  8. Kelleys Island Kayak Rental
    N. end of Division St., Kelleys Island
    Located at Kelleys Island State Park on the beautiful and sandy public beach. No reservations; first-come, first-served. Must be 18 years or older with photo ID to sign rental agreement. Children under 16 years allowed on the kayaks, but must be accompanied by an adult.
  9. KRV Boat Charters
    800 Clinton Reef Dr., Dock 63, Port Clinton
    Do you love being on the water but do not have time to take care of a boat? KRV Boat Charters has fishing, tubing, and island trip charters as well as overnight charters to enjoy the night life at the islands.
  10. Lakeside Chautauqa Watercraft Rentals
    236 Walnut Ave., Lakeside
    Sunfish sailboat, kayak, and paddleboat rentals available daily in-season. Must be at least 18 years of age with a valid driver's license. Gate fee required in-season.
  11. Lakevue Marina
    8549 E. Northshore Blvd., Marblehead
    Kayak rentals.
  12. North Coast Parasail & Water Sports
    1 Cedar Point Dr., Sandusky
    Experience the thrills of WaveRunner riding and parasailing from the beach behind Cedar Point's Hotel Breakers.
  13. Paddle & Climb
    305 E. Water St., Sandusky
    Take a rental kayak or standup paddle board out on Sandusky Bay or climb to the top of a 35ft indoor rock climbing wall.
  14. The Paddle Shack
    1 Nickel Plate Dr., Huron
    Enjoy kayaking, paddle boarding, or just floating in the water on a large aqua mat or inflatable. Beach chairs, umbrellas, and other beach items are available for rent. Reservations accepted but not required. Off-season rentals, Huron River trips, and other local excursions are available by appointment.


  1. Port Clinton Yacht Charters
    3190 W. Lakeshore Dr. (SR 163), Port Clinton
    Eight-passenger pontoon boats for rent by the hour on the Portage River. Security deposit and valid driver's license required. Must be at least 21 years or older. Please call for details.
  2. Portage River Paddling Company
    3134 West Harbor Rd., Port Clinton
    170 Mill St., Oak Harbor
    Spend an hour, or the day exploring the wild and scenic Portage River. Enjoy the eagles, herons, turtles, and other abundant wildlife. Take a trip down the river or rent by the hour from either location; just minutes from downtown Port Clinton on 94-acres, or downtown Oak Harbor behind the hardware store. Rent single kayaks, double kayaks, canoes,​stand-up paddle boards, and pedal boats (Oak Harbor location only). Open May-Oct.
  3. Put-in-Bay Watercraft Rentals
    at South Bass Island State Park, Middle Bass Island State Park & Kelleys Island State Park
     WaveRunners, Jet Skis, boats, kayaks, and power boats for up to four riders. Reservations can be made in advance at their website or in person. Kayak rentals only at the Kelleys Island location.
  4. West River Paddling Co.
    at Captain's Corner Marina
    655 W. River Rd., Vermilion
    Offering kayaks (single & tandem), paddleboards, canoes, and all safety equipment and basic instructions.