Northwest Ohio River Runners

NorthWest Ohio River Runners 8th annual free kayaking safety classes.

These classes are presented by the US Coast Guard Auxiliary Volunteers, as a free service to the kayaking/paddle sport community. 

Classes are February18th and April 21st 2020

Located at Toledo Metropark’s Wildwood Park, “MetroParks Hall” building.

Doors open at 6 pm, classes start at 6:30 till 9

The first class will familiarize you with the terminology of paddling, types of paddles and kayaks. Second class relates to safety items, such as types and proper wearing of life jackets, also how to paddle a kayak safely and to avoid dangerous situations, also transporting and licensing your kayak, safety equipment required to be on board will be discussed.

With completion of both classes, US Coast Guard will issue a completion of paddle sport safety class certificate. 

Map at

NorthWest Ohio River Runners is a group of casual kayakers, not a club – hence no dues or fees.



Craig Spicer, CIG   Program Naturalist ,Wood County Park District

I’ll be forming a paddle battle-plan in the next few weeks. Our Spring-quarter program guide, the Oak Leaf, should be published in the next couple of weeks as well, and it has paddle-centric programs in the line-up.

Registration for all programs (unless otherwise noted) can be found at Let me know if you’d like me or another staff member to present to the group at one of your regular meetings. I look forward to being a more regular participant at the Perrysburg Paddles.

Thank you!
Craig Spicer, CIG 419-661-1697×3 | c: 419-575-8074



January 5, 2020

Mission statement of NWORR – group for all people interested in kayaking.

For NWORR to move forward we need to realize that our member base is a group of hard-working people with limited time – that love to kayak when time is available.

The meeting was conducted as a brainstorming session discussing the agenda points with those in attendance

For us to move forward we need to simplify by reducing the group committees to leaders, treasurer, and liaison(s). We then empower all members to work together to move in the direction.

Reconnect and interact with the Metroparks to create synergy.

Weekly Paddles will continue Tuesday nights. Notification of the paddle would be broadcast via Facebook and NWORR calendar. It was suggested that the First Tuesday of the month we would meet at HP Landing, (Thursday at Cullen Park if cancelled due to inclement weather.) Discussions of substitute Tuesday paddles were suggested to be at alternate metropark locations (Orleans, Farnsworth Side Cut etc…) which would be listed on Facebook and NWORR calendar. Leaders of the paddle will be determined by individuals who plan to attend.

Individuals will be self-responsible for their safety. A skill level will be listed for the outing. Individuals are encouraged to search out and promote other paddles, ie: Full Moon paddles, Saturday paddles, etc. Kelly Rudolph volunteered and will be a regular attender/co group leader at Tuesday night paddles.

Group Calendar needs to be updated with all upcoming events: SBIKR, Kelly Island Poker Run, Hell weekend, Ohio River Paddle, etc. Marilyn Howenstein has agreed to continue working with Facebook as she is able. Need to clarify those listed on current organization chart to see if available? NWORR website volunteers also need clarified?

Winter meetings – Continue to offer Coast Guard endorsed classes. All members are to solicit those they find in their daily walk that they feel would be a great candidate as a speaker for our meeting.

Julie Konrad will sell remaining shirt inventory and generate a new sale. She’ll look into other items such as hats, window clings, etc.

Reach out and interaction with other clubs. Possible participation with River Runners classes. Reach out to metroparks for possible rescue classes during the off season.

Current petty cash $872.00. Possible future uses of funds: off season pool rentals for safety classes, annual party for members.

Have business cards printed listing Facebook page and NWORR website for distribution. Solicit fliers at local businesses promoting NWORR.

Reach out to “Partners For Clean Streams” for spring and fall river clean-ups.

Upcoming raffle slated for the April 21, 2020 meeting. Donations encouraged. Collections to date: 2 Lavika paddles, 2 stand up paddle board lessons at Vandercook Lake County Park, Jackson MI. Funds to be used for off season pool rental safety classes, annual member party.

Encourage members to sell gently used water sport merchandise on our Facebook page. List upcoming associate group swaps/sales on NWORR calendar and possibly create a carpool.

Mark Keller will call and introduce himself to Toledo Bridges and Harbors.

Be sure to keep an eye on the Calendar and on Facebook for any other paddles, meetings or events throughout the year!


NWORR is an organization based in Northwest Ohio for families and individuals who love the water and kayaking.

We have regular monthly meetings, a weekly open paddle on Tuesday evenings (Thursday rain date) from Spring through Fall along with pop up paddles on other days. See our Paddling Events for more information and follow us on Facebook for updates and cancellations.

Questions? Please connect with us on Facebook or email us.