Top 5 Waterways Worth A Visit
By Anietra Hamper

Summer day-trips are fun and easy especially if you want to spend a day on the water. The advantage of these trips is the thrill of summer spontaneity. The disadvantage is potentially wasting time trying to find a place to go that has easy access to the water and rental options.

Here are the Top 5 waterways to drop in for a day visit.


Put-in-Bay in northern Ohio is a water lover’s playground. Whether you just want to chill near the water, or get active on the water, Put-in-Bay has lots of options. Kayak the Bay has kayaks for rent – no reservations needed. Hop in a single or double sit-in or sit-on-top kayak and explore the harbor near Oak Point State Park. If you prefer to explore Put-in-Bay by Jet Ski or boat, rentals are easy from Put-in-Bay Watercraft Rentals with several locations. For a bird’s eye view of the bay, you can go parasailing with Put-in-Bay Parasail. Reservations are taken in person at the Boardwalk restaurant in downtown Put-in-Bay on a first-come, first-served basis.

Alum Creek

A spontaneous day at Alum Creek Marina in Lewis Center, Ohio is easy for all age ranges. The Alum Creek Reservoir has more than 3,300 acres of water available for many types of water recreation. You can rent pontoon boats, wave runners, bass boats, rowboats, canoes, kayaks, pedal boats and even aqua cycles. Most rentals require a deposit and rates are based on number of hours of use (2 – 8 hours or all weekend). The marina is located near the Alum Creek beach so after you play on the water, you can spend time relaxing and swimming.

Ohio River

Located in downtown Marietta, Ohio, the Marietta Adventure Company offers some spontaneous ways to enjoy southern Ohio waters whether you want to be on the water or just near it. Kayak rentals are available most days of the week by reservation and they offer guided kayak tours. The company provides trip-planning assistance if you are not familiar with the area and they provide current information on water conditions and water levels. If you are more comfortable just enjoying the scenic side of the water, you can rent bicycles and enjoy one of the many local trails. 

Indian Lake

Indian Lake is my go-to spontaneous day trip location. There are many coves and channels prime for fishing and swimming in this cottage community and a great public beach at the Indian Lake State Park.

Spend-A-Day marina offers boat rentals at hourly, daily or weekly rates. Boats range from fishing boats and pontoon boats to speedboats suitable for water skiing. Spend-A-Day also rents ski equipment. Reservations are suggested for most rentals but except for hourly rentals. 

Lake Erie

There are so many ways to enjoy Lake Erie in northern Ohio. From swimming and watercraft to fishing and dinner cruises, it is easy to find something that fits your style. Lake Erie Shores and Islands provides a credible listing of watercraft rental companies depending on your location. You can find powerboats for water skiing, sailboat rentals, wave runners, kayaks and canoes. Due to the popularity of Lake Erie, it is recommended to make reservations for rentals. There are many public access areas on Lake Erie if you do not want to rent watercraft, and just want to enjoy a swim.





About the Author

For Anietra Hamper, writing is a passion. Anietra spent nearly 20 years as a top-rated television news Anchor telling thousands of stories that impact people's lives. Now, away from the spotlight, Anietra is a published travel writer. In fall 2013, Anietra was honored to be selected as a member of the prestigious Society of American Travel Writers. Anietra's zest for exploration and photography has taken her to untouched regions of Vietnam and tribal territories of the Philippines, sharing those journeys along the way through articles and blogs. Anietra is also a correspondent for Child Fund International; one of the largest non-Government Organizations in the world. Anietra graduated Cum Laude from Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio and studied journalism at American University in Washington D.C. She enjoys fishing, photography, fitness and playing with her rescued dog Sunny. You can follow Anietra online at