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Summer on the Water near Toledo, Ohio

Posted about 25 days ago by Angela B

Posted in Nature and Travel and Nonfiction | Tagged with boating, getaways, Metroparks, Michigan, Ohio, outdoor recreation, summer, swimming, Toledo, Ohio, travel, travel, Trips from Toledo, vacations and water activities

Some might say that the best part of summer is spending time by the water. Being on the water can be relaxing, adventurous, fun, or leave you in awe of nature.

Suggestions to Make Your Summer Amazing

Swimming

Ever visited Stoney Creek Metropark in Shelby Township, MI?

Playground at Stoney Creek Metropark in Shelby Township - Michigan
Photo by Stoney CreekPhoto by Sandusky County ParksPhoto by KRoarkPhoto by KRoark

White Star Quarry in Gibsonburg, Ohio is a little-known piece of paradise.

White Star Quarry in Gibsonburg, Ohio
Photo by Sandusky County ParksPhoto by KRoark

Swim, fish, relax at Pontiac Lake Recreation Area in Waterford, Michigan.

Pontiac Lake Recreation Area in Waterford, Michigan
Photo by KRoark

Riverboat Cruises

Take a riverboat cruise while visiting Detroit, Michigan

Riverboat Cruise - Detroit, Michigan
Photo by Brian Kurtz

Toledo, Ohio has a hidden gem in cruising down the Maumee.

Sandpiper - Maumee River in Toledo, Ohio
Photo by Vicki Tinnman

Explore the waters of Lake St. Clair, Michigan with this cruise.

Lake St. Clair, Michigan
Photo by Al Bowler

Take the Bavarian Belle Riverboat in scenic Frankenmuth, Michigan.

Bavarian Belle Riverboat in scenic Frankenmuth, Michigan
Photo by Corey Seeman

Pontoons

Irish Hills, Michigan is a quiet place to enjoy nature’s beauty.

Irish Hills, Michigan
Photo by Jinx!

Enjoy the turquoise waters of Torch Lake, Michigan.

Torch Lake, Michigan
Photo by Marada

Historic Waters

The historic city of Lakeside, Ohio has many fun activities for the whole family.

Lakeside, Ohio
Photo by Chris Brooks

Ride the Historic Vermilion River on the Mystic Belle River Boat in Vermilion, Ohio.

Mystic Belle River Boat in Vermilion, Ohio
Photo by Don Pearson Marina

Sit by the water and watch the boats pass by at Mackinac Island, Michigan.

Mackinac Island, Michigan
Photo by Detroit Photographic Co.

Grab a picnic and head to Island Park in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Island Park in Ann Arbor, Michigan
Photo by Wystan

The Toledo Metroparks in Ohio has various water experiences, but the canals are the most historic.

The Canals - Toledo Metroparks in Ohio
Photo by Tim Ide

Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan is a whimsical spot that takes you back in time on the Detroit River.

Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan
Photo by pcfishhk

Canoes

Try your canoeing skills down the Muddy Maumee in Grand Rapids, Ohio.

Canoeing on the Maumee River - Grand Rapids, Ohio
Photo by Garden State Hiker

Or, the Sandusky River in Tiffin, Ohio.

Sandusky River in Tiffin, Ohio
Photo by edkohler

Ferry Rides

Hop a ferry boat at Port Clinton, Ohio.

Ferry Rides in Port Clinton, Ohio
Photo by Daveynin

National Parks

Try kayaking at Pictured Rocks in Michigan.

Pictured Rocks in Michigan
Photo by National Park Service Digital Image Archives

Sleeping Bear Dunes in Empire, Michigan is the perfect place to relax by the water.

Sleeping Bear Dunes in Empire, Michigan
Photo by Rod

Tubes / Paddle Boards / Kayaks

South Chagrin Reservation in Bentleyville, OH is a local favorite for tubing.

South Chagrin Reservation in Bentleyville, Ohio
Photo by jared422_80

Have a kayaking adventure in Tecumseh, Michigan.

Kayaking in Tecumseh, Michigan
Photo by Justin Leonard

Cruise down the River Raisin in Monroe, Michigan.

River Raisin in Monroe, Michigan
Photo by kblack99

Grab a tube and cruise down the river in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Tubing down river in Ann Arbor, Michigan
Photo by Chumlee10

Jackson, Michigan is one of the great places you can grab a paddle board.

Paddle boarding in Jackson, Michigan
Photo by Leonard J Matthews

Jet Skis

Jump on a Jet ski at Put-in-Bay in South Bass Island, Ohio.

Jet ski at Put-in-Bay in South Bass Island, Ohio
Photo by Rob Ryne

Or, find your adventure at Sawmill Creek in Sandusky, Ohio.

Jet skiing in Sandusky, Ohio
Photo by Marco
Also, check out these places for canoeing and kayaking

Suzie Q

Metroparks Kayaking Concessions

Argo and Gallop Canoe Liveries

Skip’s Huron River Canoe Livery

Portage River Paddling Company

Auglaize Canoe & Kayak Rental

Other things to do on Lake Erie

Lake Erie Islands and Tours

Lake Erie Sail

Kelley's Island Ferry

Miller Ferry

Good Time Boat

Presque Isle Boat Tours

Other websites to get great suggestions

Ohio Swimming Holes

Top 16 Watercraft Rentals in Ohio

Library resources
Swim : Why we love the water by Lynn Sherr
The art of kayaking : everything you need to know about paddling / Nigel Foster
The total boating manual / Kevin Falvey and the editors of Boating magazine
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