Simple Adventures lets kayakers pick their own paddling venue and delivers its people-propelled water-vehicle rentals straight to customers' preferred launching spots. Spite faithless guidance counselors by ordering up floating leg covers and morphing into the Transformer you always dreamed of becoming for a four-hour, half-day watery sojourn ($50), a full 8-hour day with paddle-armed fun ($75), or rent by the hour ($15 / hr). Patrons can circle Belle Isle, traverse Lake St. Clair, or request a drop-off at a secret lake of their choice.
After buying their first canoe in 1942, Chester and Stella Heavner were hooked. So were their friends. After constantly loaning out their red-canvas Old Town canoe, the pair invested in two more and started charging a nominal rental fee. In 1953, they made it official with a patch of riverfront property, eight canoes, and a trailer.
Today, Heavner Canoe & Kayak Rental is run by Chester and Stella’s eldest son, Alan. He and his staff manage an inventory of more than 200 canoes and kayaks, which they rent at three locations along the Huron River.
Like a dolphin on a mission, a devoted jet-skier won't be slowed down by waves. At Deep Wave Rentals, the lake-lubbers can kit out adventurers with their choice of jet ski or kayak, then send them out to frolic in the freshwater depths. The jet-ski stable is equipped to serve Port Stanley, Port Franks, Grand Bend, Erieau, and Sarnia, and can be delivered to those or other locations for an additional fee. Deep Wave also hosts parties throughout the summer, including beach barbecues, volleyball tournaments, and live concerts.
River Lures lets bipeds escape the bounds of terra firma and venture out into Ohio's open waters with kayak and canoe rentals. Customers can coast atop the glistening azure waterways of the Maumee River just steps from River Lures' storefront or take rentals to favorite lakes, ponds, or neighborhood kiddie pools. Patrons can use their rental vessels to escape the bustle of urban spaces, retreating to verdant landscapes blooming with the sounds of nature while enjoying two full hours of paddling paradise. Though not included with today's Groupon, River Lures also has new and used kayaks for sale.
Customers at West River Kayak & Canoe take their pick from a fleet of kayaks, canoes, and standup paddleboards to cruise down the 27-mile Vermilion-Lorain Water Trail, a Class I–II waterway. Turtles, beavers, and deer make their homes along the banks and occasionally dart out to greet travelers as shale cliffs rear up in the distance. The shop's staff ensures that even boating newbies can wend their way through the picturesque scenery by offering introductory tutorials before each rental to impart the basics of paddling, from how to turn to how to rub two paddles together to make a fire for roasting hot dogs.