To inform, teach, and share in the fun and safety of the sport, for individuals and families in northwest Ohio and across the country.
NWORR was formed in June 2009 as the brainchild of Howard Pinkley, avid sailor, entrepreneur, life-long resident and unofficial mayor of Point Place. He had a desire to create a canoe and kayak club that would inspire families to spend quality time together enjoying the lakes and rivers in the area.
His vision was realized in June 2009, when the Northwest Ohio River Runners (NWORR) canoe and kayak club was formed in the Point Place/Shoreland area of Toledo, OH. In April 2011, the Howard Pinkley Landing (HP Landing) at 2250 Shoreland Ave for kayak and canoes was open.
Over our 10+ year history, our group has grown in number and geographically. We have paddlers from Michigan, BG, Fremont, and beyond. The group is open and does not have official membership or dues. Our emphasis is on safety, education, and enjoying the waterways.
We enjoy a diverse group of paddlers as it relates to skill level, age, style of kayaks, types of waterways to paddle, and paddling style. Are you new to kayaking and looking for a place to learn more about the sport? This is the group for you. Are you new to the area and looking for enthusiasts who love a challenge and want to grow in your skill level? This is the group for you.
Beginning in May, we start our weekly paddles which typically run through September/October depending on the weather. We also hold monthly meetings and safety classes October – April. Be sure to visit our Events Calendar for NWORR scheduled paddles and meetings.
In addition to NWORR-scheduled paddles, we encourage other paddlers to host outings – in a safe manner of course. To help determine if an outing is right for you, we utilize a Skills Chart that outlines various skill levels as a guide, be sure to reference this before attending an outing you are not familiar with. To stay in touch with outings that pop up, join our Facebook Page. Plus, there is a lot of great conversation, information, and fun on our FB page.