Here’s where you can rent a stand-up paddleboard on Lake Erie. (file photo)

Looking to try stand-up paddleboarding on Lake Erie this summer?

The cool, calm sport is an easy way to get out on the water. And it’s growing like crazy.

The Outdoor Foundation didn’t even include stand-up paddleboarding – or SUP, which migrated from Hawaii to California in 2004 — in its annual survey until 2010. About 1.2 million people tried the sport in 2011 alone. And the sport grew 25 percent between 2012 and 2015, according to the Outdoor Foundation.

Why? Bill Cochrane, who owns Nalu Stand-up Paddle and Surf in Rocky River, gives a few reasons.

  1. It requires little skill or practice. Almost anyone can do it: kids as young as 6 to senior citizens.
  2. It’s a total body workout.
  3. You can do it on nearly any body of water.
  4. You can do lots of stuff with the board. Race, do yoga, surf, take your dog or kid for a ride, or sit on the lake.
  5. It’s a relatively inexpensive way to get on the water. You can buy a decent paddleboard – inflatable or hard board — for a little more than $500.
  6. “It’s as close to surfing as most people are going to get. And surfing’s sexy.”

Looking to buy a board? Here’s some help to decide whether you want a hard board or inflatable.

Want to rent first? Here’s a list, organized roughly from west to east.

Most shops have an age requirement to rent boards. Many shops also sell boards or offer lessons and yoga classes. But it’s not too hard to get the hang of a paddleboard on your own. 

Want more info on things to do on Lake Erie? RocktheLake has where to rent a powerboat, where to learn to sail, where to take great lakefront photos, where to find beach glass and more.

Bay Paddleboarding, Put-in-Bay

Location: 460 Bayview Ave., Put-in-Bay

Reservations: Reserve at least 36 hours in advance by calling 419-341-7775.

Cost: $30 for the first hour. Lessons available.

Put-in-Bay Watercraft Rentals, Put-in-Bay

Location: South Bass Island State Park

Reservations: Accepted online for 10 a.m.-noon every day. Afterward, first-come, first-served.

Cost: $20 for the first hour.

Lakevue Marina, Marblehead

Location: 8549 E. Northshore Blvd.

Cost: $20 for two hours

Lakeside Chautauqua, Lakeside

Location: Lakeside Pier, 236 Walnut Ave.

Paddle & Climb, Sandusky

Location: Downtown Sandusky, 305 East Water St.

Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m.

Rates: $20 per hour, $50 for half day, $70 for full day


North Coast Parasail, Cedar Point Beach

Location: Just outside the Cedar Point admission gate

Hours: Open May 14–Sept. 5, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., weather permitting

Reservations: Available online.

Cost: $25 for an hour.

Sawmill Creek Resort, Huron

Location: 400 Sawmll Creek Drive,

Cost: $25 for the first hour

West River Paddling Co., Vermilion

Location: 655 W. River Road. Paddle the Vermillion River or Lake Erie. $18 an hour

Huntington Beach, Bay Village

Location: 28649 Lake Road

Reservations: Available online, through Aloha SUP

Cost: $20 for the first hour.

Nalu Stand-Up Paddle and Surf, Rocky River

Location: 1328 Linda Street

Cost: $20 for the first hour for a regular board.

Reservations: Available. Also offers yoga and lessons from the Emerald Necklace Marina in the Rocky River Reservation or Bradstreet’s Landing.  You can also rent a Sasquatch board that fits up to six people.

41 North, Lakewood

Location: Emerald Necklace Marina, Rocky River Reseervation. Paddle the Rocky River, into Lake Erie.

Cost: $25 for the first 1 ½ hours

Rock and Dock Marina, Downtown Cleveland

Location: East 9th Street Pier

Hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m., beginning in May

Reservations: Available online, or 216-804-1152

Cost: $25 for an hour

Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park

Location: 301 Huntington Beach Drive

Cost: $10, run by Lake Metroparks

Best Coast Watersports, Geneva-on-the-Lake

Location: 5404 A Lake Road. Stand on the strip is also home to a Snack Shack with shave ice!

Reservations: Available online.

Cost: $25 for the first hour, basic lesson included.

Harbor Yak, Ashtabula

Location: 529 Front Street

Cost: $30 for for four hours

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