8th Annual Take to the Lake

When: August 24th, 2019. 10am-5pm

Where: Lower Shaker Lake

Take to the Lake

Doan Brook Watershed Partnership will host the 8th Annual Take to the Lake on Saturday, August 24th from 10am-5pm. Join us for an afternoon of paddling, guided hikes, yoga, and live music along the banks of historic Lower Shaker Lake. Canoeing on the Shaker Lakes used to be a popular pastime in the first half of the 20th century but public boating is no longer promoted on the lakes.  Take to the Lake gives participants a chance to resurrect this recreational opportunity for a day and to gain a different perspective on the lakes and their place in our watershed community.

On the Lake

For first-time paddlers, Cleveland Metroparks Youth Outdoors offers kayak and canoe lessons that are open to all (at least age 7 and 50 lbs.) and are a good opportunity to learn the basics of paddling while also enjoying some quality time on the lake. We strongly encourage everyone to register in advance in order to guarantee a spot in a class. Prices are $10 for adults and $5 for youth (15 and under). You must pay in advance to hold your spot – information about payment will be provided to you after registration. We ask that you please arrive at the event at least 15 minutes prior to your session time.

Kayak Class Times:
12:00-1:15 PM (Full)
1:00-2:15 PM (Full)
2:00-3:15 PM (Full)
3:00-4:15 PM (Full)

Canoe Class Times:
10:30-11:45 AM (Full)
12:15-1:30 PM (Full)

Kayak Rentals:
Breakaway Excursions will be offering kayak rentals from 10 AM until 4 PM on the day of the event. The price for a kayak rental is $15 dollars per person per hour and does not include a lesson. This is a great option for experienced paddlers or anyone who wants to be able to spend more time on the lake. Registration will occur at the event and will be first come, first serve.

Both the rentals and skills classes include all equipment and life jackets.

Finally, anyone who owns their own kayak, canoe, stand-up paddle board, etc. are free to bring it to the event and launch from the shore. However, anyone taking advantage of this opportunity must ensure that all members of their party have lifejackets.

Everyone out on the lake must have a lifejacket. Additionally, all minors out on the lake must have adult supervision.  We also recommend that participants bring a pair of water shoes or a spare pair of shoes that they do not mind getting wet.

On Shore

If you are a land-lover do not fret – we have activities for you as well!

The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes will be offering a Nature and Shaker Lakes History Hike at 1 PM. The hike is $5 per group and registration in advance is encouraged.

There will also be a yoga class offered at 11 AM for $10 per person by Luna Presence. Registration in advance is encouraged.

Finally, the SpYder Stompers and Sugar Pie will be performing live, bluegrass music from 1 PM – 4 PM


Lower Shaker Lake is located off South Park Boulevard east of Coventry Road in Shaker Heights. Street parking is available along South Park.

Checking in at our registration tent is required for all participants, whether bringing personal boats or attending a kayaking/canoeing class or to rent a kayak.

Registration will be available via the form on this page OR registrants may contact Andrew at 216-325-7781 ext. 6783 or klooster@doanbrookpartnership.org.


Registration for Take to the Lake

Register for 11 AM Yoga Class

Register for 1 PM Nature and History Hike

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