Weekend: A day on the water

Riverside Park's Zonta Landing opened Saturday for the boating season and offers a variety of ways to navigate the waters of the Blanchard River, including canoes, kayaks and pedal boats.

Riverside Park’s Zonta Landing opened Saturday for the boating season and offers a variety of ways to navigate the waters of the Blanchard River, including canoes, kayaks and pedal boats.

Enjoy a day on the water getting close to nature. Paddle your way down the Blanchard in a canoe or kayak or kick back and pedal your way through in a pedal boat. There is plenty to see along the way. See how many creatures you can spot on your trip!
Zonta Landing is a public boat livery concession that provides rentals of canoes, kayaks and pedal boats at Riverside Park.
Rentals are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Canoes and kayaks may also be taken, by the renter, to other bodies of water within Hancock County with an advance reservation through the Hancock Park District office.
Equipment rates for canoes, kayaks and pedal boats are $5 per half hour. The rental fee for an entire day is $25. Group outings with six or more watercrafters are discounted at the rate of $20 per day. All rates include life jackets, paddles and sales tax.
The boat livery operation is open from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekends and holidays, beginning today through Monday, Sept. 1, during good weather conditions.
Last launch time for one-hour rentals is 6 p.m. and last launch for half-hour rentals is 6:30 p.m. Contact the park district office for special arrangements on watercraft rentals. Periods of high water or hazardous weather could close the concession at the discretion of the park district staff.
More information about float trips, other park concessions and rentals, or activities of the Hancock Park District can be obtained by visiting the office at 1424 E. Main Cross St. or by calling the office at 419-425-7275 or the Riverside Boathouse, during open hours only, at 419-423-1902. Additional information can also be found on the HPD website at www.HancockParks.com.

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