New meeting location at Wildwood Metropark – “Metroparks Hall”

Please beware that we have changed our “off season meetings” location has changed!

The first fall meeting will be at a new location!

Metroparks Hall at the Wildwood Metro Park on West Central Ave.

The first meeting will be October 18th, starting at 6:30pm, doors open at 6.

We hope this location is more centrally located for everyone.

Here are the dates that we have reserved for the 3rd Tuesday of the month, except for January.

October 18
November 15
December 20 Fish Fry
January 24 (5th Tuesday)
February 21
March 21
April 18

Park in lots 4,5

See map for location of Metroparks Hall

We will start taking prepaid orders for the NWORR tee shirts at this meeting. More information as we get closer to October 18th.





Swan Creek update


Today’s third annual “Swan Creek Fall Color kayak Tour” weather was just perfect, Especially since the date was chosen back in January!!

We had a total of 37 paddlers, of those, 10 came using Toledo Metroparks kayaks !

We also had 2 that came with their brand new kayaks they picked up the other day and were anxious to try them out!

Thank you for everyone’s help in launching and getting everyone out onto the dock- takes awhile for that many kayaks!

Looking forward to the third annual “Swam Creek Spring into Green Kayak Tour” in late May!!

Swan Creek Landing Fall Kayak Color Tour


Don’t forget that this Sunday, October 23 is our third annual “Swan Creek Landing Fall Color Kayak Tour”!

Starting at 11am we will start launching, with Toledo Metroparks launching at 11:30.

Come on down to enjoy what Toledo doesn’t want anyone else to know about- the beautifully canopy covered Swan Creek, that flows right through the heart of Toledo!
It’s about a 2-3 hour leisurely paddle without the hustle and bustle of the city high above the banks!

Toledo Metroparks will again have kayaks for Sunday’s event, but with reservation and a $30 fee ($24 if member) by Friday October 21st on line.

Currently only 2 reservations have been made, the will cancel bringing kayaks if the don’t have at least 6 reservations by Friday! So if you’re thinking of going because you don’t have a kayak or want to try one of their 12-14′ kayaks, please do not forget to make the reservation !
Or bring a friend along that doesn’t have a kayak !!

Just a traffic note:
I-75 north bound will be closed from I-475 down town to I-280 this weekend!
So those of you coming in to Swan Creek via I-75 might encounter traffic backup or slow downs!

Link to online reservation:




Coast Guard Auxiliary kayak training class update!

the deadline to register for the June 11 kayak class at Olander Park, to Wednesday, June 8.

June 11, 8:30 AM Olander Park Nederhouser Building, Classroom session followed by on water. $35 $28 if classroom session has been completed with NWORR.

Contact Pat Groves 419 276 0821

Thursday May 19th – moon light cruise & pizza

Come join us for our first moon light cruise & pizza evening of the 2016 season at Cullen Park.

Even if you’re not a kayaker but want to talk to members, ask questions of the group about kayaking or sharing stories, please join us for the comradey and pizza (maybe not in that order) !!

Plan is to have pizza 7 to 8, launching kayaks at 8 and paddle around Grassy Island, waiting for the sun to set at 8:49 and the full moon to do its thing, shine brightly.

Please let me know if you’ll be coming by to this event by emailing, please put in the subject “moon light cruise”, so I’ll know the amount of pizza to order, also bring a folding chair for yourself!!

Bring a drink of your liking, but not of the alcoholic variety !!

Please note that the Tuesday evening May 17th outing is canceled with this event instead!!

donations accepted

May 10th, Tuesday outing canceled

I know it’s early in the day, but the weather is not looking good for tonight’s Tuesday evening outing from HP Landing!

So it is canceled for tonight and looking forward to Thursday at Cullen Park!
Please check back on Thursday to see if we’re going out! ( as of this morning, Thursday might have afternoon thunder storms, but it can change by then! )

SWAN CREEK SPRING INTO GREEN KAYAK TOUR is just around the corner!

The Second annual Swan Creek Spring into Green Kayak Tour will be Sunday, May 15th, at the Swan Creek Landing, 210 S. Erie Street in the Farmers Market parking lot.

Bring your kayak, paddle and life jacket , but if you don’t have a kayak and want to join us. this year we are working with Toledo Metroparks.  Metroparks will have 16 kayaks available to use for a nominal price, just go to “Reseve your kayak” .

So come on down and join us, enjoy a relaxing paddle right through the city of Toledo with a tree canopy the makes you thing you’re floating down the Amazon river!!


We will be leaving the dock by 11:30 am, starting to launch kayaks at 11:00, hopefully paddling the 3.5 miles up stream just past Western Ave., taking 3 + hours round trip.

Don’t forget to bring water,hat, sunglasses and to wear your Personal Flotation Device (LIFE JACKET).


Swan Creek Fall Color Tour 2014 Swan Creek Parking Lot Group Swan Creek Kayaks in parking lot Swan Creek Dock

Birding at Cullen Park info link

For more information about the Cullen Park/Bayview Park Birding please go to.  for more 

Kayak class April 26th

Don’t forget that this Tuesday April 26, is the second of the two part kayak safety class presented by Pat & Robin of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. No charge but you might be interested in bringing $8 for a reference manual that they will be using , it’s good book to keep to look up paddle sports in general!! Even if you miss part one , you’ll learn so much that you could save yourself or another paddler out there on the water!!!

Peggy will be taking orders for the new logo Tee shirts, designed by renowned graphics artist “Kevin”. Tee shirts are $20, a couple more for XXX size.

We will have a raffle for a few kayak related items, so bring a couple more $ for that!

So bring your self – free classes but bring a bunch of that green stuff to help keep NWORR the great kayaking group that it is!

Don’t miss the action-packed March meeting: Tuesday, March 22

Join us for an informative and interactive meeting.

6:15 – 6:30 p.m. — Come Early! NWORR T-shirt orders will be taken (Thanks Kevin and Peggy). Wondering what size to order? We’ll have sample T-shirts to try on. So be prepared to place and pay for your order. ($20 each)

6:30 – 7:00 p.m. — Metroparks Toledo Volunteer Opportunities and Orientation.  Lori Miller from Metroparks will be going through volunteer opportunities and an orientation.  Note: for those who want to participate in the  Kayak Rescue Training Class they are offering for FREE to NWORR experienced paddlers, this is the first step.   See below for more information.

7:00 – 8:30 p.m. — Kayak Safety Class (Part 1 of 2): Conducted by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, attendees will learn important rules of the “roads” for safely navigating your kayak and the waters.  A reference book will be available from the auxiliary for $8.00.  The second part of this class will take place during the April Meeting.


Kayaker’s Rescue Training — Volunteers Only

Metroparks is offering to NWORR experienced paddlers the opportunity to participate in a Kayaker’s Rescue Training Class, in exchange for participating in this class – participants agree to volunteer with the Metroparks for a minimum of 15 hours – this year – and participate in Volunteer Orientation.

Kayak Rescue Training is a 4-hour class to be held at Wiregrass Park. This class will instruct participants how to rescue people who have fallen out of their boats.  It will emphasize giving verbal instructions on what the person is to do, as well as boat to boat rescue and minimal training on how to teach this skill to others.  By taking this training, the Metroparks will be able to utilize class participants in outings and/or classes; however, Metroparks welcomes all to become volunteers and help with outings even without this training.  Metroparks will be able to utilize you on a higher level once you have this training.


Class Date/Time: Saturday, June 4, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. OR 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.  FREE (with intent to volunteer minimum of 15 hours)

Location: Wiregrass Park: 201 N Eber Rd, Holland, OH 43528 (Map/Directions)

This training is meant for an EXPERIENCED paddler that wishes to become a dedicated paddling volunteer. We will cover the majority of what we typically cover in a rescue course with emphasis on the role of a volunteer.

If you cannot make either training on June 4, please let Ashley Smith know at 419-265-2920 or  We will try to fit you in some other time.