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Summer boat and paddle rentals in Columbus

Whether you’re looking to sail through downtown or hop on a pontoon on Alum Creek, we’ve got you covered with local water rentals.

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Enjoy $15 off when you book on Wednesdays with Windrose Outdoor. | Photo by @windroseoutdoor

If you think summer days are best spent on the water, we have some rentals you’ll want to get your hands on. From the Scioto Mile to the Olentangy River, there are plenty of local bodies of water to row, row, row your boat.

Setting sail

Alum Creek offers everything from pontoons to overnight boat rentals through Labor Day Weekend.

Pro tip: City Editor Hanna spent Memorial Day on a rental boat on Alum Creek, and the pontoon came with a tube for water action. The rental process was quick and easy, plus the views were serene.

Buckeye Lake is also a top destination for boating, with rates starting at $195 for a two-hour session for boats that can fit up to eight people.

Reminder: Make sure someone in your group has their Ohio Boating License so they can be the captain for the day.

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Enjoy live music and local bars after a day on the water at Buckeye Lake. | Photo by @waterfrontbuckeyelake

Paddle party

Connect with nature and relax on the water with kayaking, paddleboarding, and canoeing at these local spots:

  • Windrose Outdoor: Kayak or paddleboard along the Scioto Mile downtown every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
  • Get Out Adventures: Head to Powell for open kayaking or Wellness by the Water — fitness classes where you just might use a paddle as a squat rack.
  • Hoover Adventures: Try canoeing or kayaking through routes downtown and in Dublin’s Bridgepark. Plus, explore paddling for exercise, deep water kayaking, or private lessons for all skill levels.
  • Don’t forget about the upcoming free and discounted paddle rentals through Summer on the Scioto.

Bonus: Before heading downstream, browse some of our tips and tricks for getting out on the water + paddling safety.

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