Marblehead

SPEND A DAY ON THE ERIE SHORE

This paddle takes you from Sandusky Bay to Marblehead's Bay Point for a picnic lunch on a stretch of beach accessible only by boat

On the way, we'll make a quick stop on Johnson's Island, paddle into a former limestone quarry, and visit the historic cemetery from the Johnson's Island Civil War prison camp.

MEETING LOCATION:

This tour meets at the Dempsey Access boat launch in Lakeside, Ohio.     Use the map below for exact driving directions our meeting location.

HOW FAR You'll PADDLE:

About 7 nautical miles.

WHAT YOU'LL SEE:  

The Johnson's Island Confederate Prison Camp and Cemetery;  a repurposed quarry that once provided stone for the breakwaters of Cedar Point, Lorain, and Cleveland, but now serves as the one of the area's most unique marinas and waterfront communities;  coastal dunes and undeveloped sand beaches;  the roller coasters of Cedar Point across the bay;  wildlife including Great Blue Heron;  egrets;  sandpipers; and yellow-bellied flycatchers.

CONDITIONS TO EXPECT:

This paddle takes place entirely within Sandusky Bay.  Wind and boat traffic can kick up a chop, but rarely more than 1ft.

DURATION:

6 hours (approximately 4 hrs of paddling)

WHAT's INCLUDED:

Single or tandem sea kayak and equipment (paddle, life-jacket, whistle, spray skirt, and white safety light).

GUIDE TO PARTICIPANT RATIO

1:6

PREREQUISITES

SKILL LEVEL:  No experience necessary.  This tour is appropriate for beginners who are comfortable on the water and accustomed to moderate exercise.

AGE LIMITS:   14 and over only, please.    Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.   Participants ages 12 and over may participate as the front paddler in a tandem with an adult.

HEIGHT & WEIGHT LIMITS:  In order to ensure your comfort and safety, participants should be between 5' and 6'4" tall and 95 lbs to 235 lbs.

NON-DISCRIMINATORY ESSENTIAL ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

In order to participate in this program, each participant must satisfy the following essential eligibility criteria:

  • Be able to independently participate in all individual skills and activities while also maintaining an appropriate and safe body position.
  • Be able to hold their breath while under water and, while in the water wearing a properly fitted lifejacket, be able to independently turn from a face down to a face up position keeping their head above water.
  • Be able to effectively communicate with the instructor and other program participants.
  • Be able to manage all personal care independently, or with the assistance of a companion.
  • Be able to manage all personal mobility independently, or with the assistance of a companion.

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