Zonta Landing Boat Rentals at Riverside Park has canoes and kayaks for rent on weekends and holidays from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Operating hours are from 1 to 7 PM. Rentals can be made during the week depending on staff availability by calling the HPD office at 419-425-7275. The standard boat rental fee is $5.00 per ½ hour for canoes and kayaks. The Special Float Trip Option is $20.00 per canoe and $10 per solo kayak for approximately 2 hours. Float trips begin and end at Zonta Landing. Boating is limited to an area upstream past the Findlay Country Club golf course, Eastpoint Area, and Vogelsong Conservation Area to State Route 568/Sandusky Street Bridge and back.
Because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the need for safety precautions, the procedure for renting boats is as follows:
1. When approaching the boathouse from the trail, stop at the designated location and wait to be called by the attendant. Seven persons to a group is the maximum. Spectators are not permitted.
2. Rental groups are expected to practice social distancing while waiting. Social distance means at least 6 feet apart, unless you live together.
3. Wearing masks while in line and throughout the transaction process is recommended.
4. Exact payment in the form of cash or a check made payable to the Hancock Park District is preferred so that less cash handling can occur. Credit cards are not accepted.
5. After making payment and receiving paddles and personal floatation devices, renters can take the stairs down to the beach area and dock where the boats await. To further promote social distancing, boaters are expected to enter and exit boats without assistance. However, assistance will be provided upon request.
6. Personal floatation devices should be on and properly fastened before entering the dock and boats.
7. When the float trip is over, exit the dock, leave paddles and personal floatation devices on the beach, and exit the beach area to the left by walking up the ramp to further promote social distancing and to maintain the one-way in, one-way out pedestrian traffic pattern.
8. The boathouse and beach area will be controlled to the extent possible so that only boat rental patrons are in the area.
9. Boats, paddles, and personal floatation devices will be cleaned and disinfected before and after each use.
10. Please be patient. The rental process is, by design, slower and more deliberate than the normal process. Minimizing the number of persons gathered and promoting social distancing are the overarching safety precautions being applied with the well-being of employees and patrons in mind.
A Basic Canoeing Course for Beginners and a Basic Kayaking Course for Beginners will be held on the Blanchard River upon request. This service is contingent upon advance notice, staff availability, and confirmation. Instructional content will emphasize safety when entering, operating, and exiting a canoe or kayak, basic paddling skills, and maneuverability. The fee is $20.00 per person. Contact naturalist, Michelle Rumschlag at email@example.com or at 419-425-7275. These basic instructional courses are part of the Hancock Park District’s Leisure Education Initiative that introduces outdoor recreation activities, teaches fundamental skills, and encourages participation in outdoor recreation over the course of a lifetime.