Hoping to kayak this summer? Here’s where to rent near Erie – GoErie.com


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The recent closure of a popular kayak rental in Erie need not be a show-stopper for those hoping to rent a kayak this summer.   In fact, plenty of options are available. Greg Clarke, owner of Presque Isle Canoe and Boat Livery, called his business the "most viable option" for those seeking a quick, hassle-free launch into Presque Isle Stte Park's water, providing life vests, boats and paddles, maps, tips for novices and access to all the park's waterways. The livery is the only boat and paddlesport outfitter in the park."The great thing about our location is there is no need for customers to load heavy equipment onto their vehicle and then transport them down to the peninsula, only to have to repeat the same process upon their return," Clarke said. "Our waterfront location provides our renters with a hassle-free experience."With turnout reaching new heights last year as people searched for fun, solitary activities amid the pandemic, Clarke said he made a "large capital investment" in additional equipment to meet the needs of visitors come May, when the kayak season typically begins.More: Pennsylvania legislators announce grants for Erie-area fishing projects"We have paddleboards, kayaks, fishing kayaks, canoes, pontoon boats, motorboats and rowboats," he said. "We also added many new pieces of equipment for the 2021 summer season. First is a giant paddleboard that can accommodate up to six people. We will also be introducing new Hobie pedal kayaks that are propelled by your legs instead of your arms."Shaun Huegel, general manager of Port Erie Sports, also voiced optimism. His business, located at 402 W. Bayfront Parkway, is primarily known for its powerboats and jet skis but also rents out a slew of kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and water skis. Last year, the rental business experienced its highest turnout in its 10-year history."I think with the new stimulus money and with everyone wanting to get out and spend time with family, we might even do better than last year," Huegel said.  Port Erie Sports and Presque Isle Canoe and Boat Livery are the only boat and paddle sport outfitters near or at Presque Isle State Park. In March, Lake Erie Outfitters owner Paul Lukjanczuk announced he would close his business — located at 421 Peninsula Drive — after the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources purchased his property as part of an 18-acre-plus land acquisition to enhance the gateway to the park.Lukjanczuk had been leasing his property from Erie-based BAC Inc., which refused to renew his lease in order to follow through with the acquisition.Closures: Popular kayak rental business near Presque Isle State Park closesDespite the closure, kayakers will have plenty of options this summer in and around Erie: Erie CountyPresque Isle Canoe and Boat Livery at Thompson Drive in Erie, Pa. One-person kayaks are $17 hourly. Call 814-838-3938 or visit presqueisleboatrental.com.Port Erie Sports at 402 W. Bayfront Parkway in Erie, Pa. One-person kayaks are $25 for two hours. Call 814-452-2628 or visit porteriesports.com.Conneaut Creek Boat Rental LLC at 9000 Route 215 Albion. One-person kayaks are $20 for 1-2 hours. Call 814-323-1527 or visit facebook.com/floatconneaut.Edinboro Lake Resortat 12670 Edinboro Road, Edinboro, Pa. One-person kayaks are $20 for two hours. Call 814-434-3307 or visit edinborolakeresort.com.Venango CountyOutdoor Allegheny River Services at 250 Elk St., Franklin. Kayak rentals begin at $35 but vary for specific routes. Call 814-388-9122 or visit oarsontheallegheny.com. Frenchcreek Kayaks at 1458 Frenchcreek Road, Utica. Kayak rentals begin at $20 but vary for specific routes. Call 814-671-5930 or visit frenchcreekkayaks.com.Warren CountyConewango Kayak Canoe Rental LLC at 9582 Route 62, Russell. One-person kayaks are $10 hourly. Prices vary for specific trips. Call 814-688-7647 or visit paddleconewango.com. Allegheny Outfitters Livery at 20 Clark St., Warren. Prices vary for specific routes. Call 814-723-1203 or visit alleghenyoutfitters.com.Kinzua Wolf Run Marina at 250 Marina Lane, Clarendon, Pa. One-person kayaks begin at $25 dollars. Call 814-726-1650 or visit wolfrunmarina.com.Mercer CountyCarried Away Outfitters at 73 Memorial Drive, Greenville, Pa. for river rentals and 4220 E. Lake Road, Jamestown, Pa. for lake rentals. One-person kayaks begin at $20 for the river and $15 hourly for the lake. Call 724-343-1313 or visit carriedawayoutfitters.com. Pymatuning Rentals and Information Center at 1 Gibson St., Jamestown, Pa. One-person kayaks begin at $20. Call 724-877-6104 or visit facebook.com/pymerentals. Forest CountyAllegheny Wilderness Outfitters at 21016 Route 62, E. Hickory, Pa. One-person kayaks begin at $35. Call 814-755-3231 or visit alleghenywildernessoutfitter.com. Outback Adventures at 247 Outback Adventures Road, Tionesta, Pa. One-person kayaks begin at $35. Call 814-755-3658 or visit outbackadventurespa.com. Chautauqua County, NYEvergreen Outfitters at 61 Water St., Mayville, NY. One-person kayaks are $25 for the first hour and $5 for each additional hour. Call 716-763-2266 or visit evergreen-outfitters.com. Ashtabula County, OHHarbor Yak at 1 Ferry Drive, Ashtabula, OH. One-person kayaks begin at $25. Call 440-990-0161 or visit harboryak.com.Contact A.J. Rao at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @ETNRao. 
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