Lower Black River Restoration
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Registration Form

Waiver Form

Rules Form

Event Overview and Directions

Long Race Course

Short Race Course

Paddleboard Race Course

Casual Float Course

Contact Information:

Elva Martes
City of Lorain
1106 First Street
Lorain, Ohio 44052
(440) 204-2225

Kayak Rental Information:

The following companies will be onsite the day of the event to provide kayak and paddleboard rentals.

Great Lakes Kayaking
14th Ave. & Broadway Ave.
Lorain, Ohio 44052
(440) 244-5370
(440) 787-8720

LoCo 'Yak Shak Rentals
(419) 239-3779

West River Paddle Sports
(440) 670-4781

Lodging Information:

Arbor Lights Bed & Breakfast
3454 East Erie Ave.
Lorain, OH 44052
(440) 288-0816

Lake Breeze Inn Bed & Breakfast
4233 East Lake Rd.
Sheffield Lake, OH 44054
(440) 949-2545

Fairfield Inn & Suites
39050 Colorado Ave.
Avon, OH 44011
(440) 934-7445

Hampton Inn & Suites Elyria
1795 Lorain Blvd.
Elyria, OH 44036
(440) 324-7755

Become a Sponsor!





JUNE 24, 2017


Tell your friends and we'll see you on Saturday, June 24, 2017!

The seventh annual Black River Kayak-A-Thon will be held on June 24, 2017. This year's event will include competitive races as well as a casual float for those who want to take their time and view the restoration projects. Registration for the races and the casual float will open at 8:00 AM at the Black River Wharf. This event is being held to encourage recreation on the Black River, to celebrate the restoration efforts that are underway along the river, and to highlight water quality efforts that are improving the water quality of the Black River. Representatives from the project team will be on hand to provide you with more information about the Black River restoration effort and to answer any questions you may have.

Please see the Registration Form, Information & Waiver links on the left sidebar for details:

  • Registration materials (form, waiver, and fee) must be submitted by all participants in order to participate.
  • Registration fees are $25 for competitive races.
  • Registration fees for casual float are $10/Adult and $5/Child.
  • Make checks payable to The Black River Kayak-A-Thon.
  • Please read the registration information thoroughly! See the Registration Form & Information link to the left.
  • T-shirts will be available for purchase for $15.
  • See the Event Overview and Course Maps for distances, put-in and take-out locations, and other details.
  • See the Kayak-A-Thon Event Overview link for directions.

Competitive Races (Launching at the Black River Wharf):

  • 13-Mile Long Race (2 Classes)
  • 6-Mile Short Race (4 Classes)
  • 3 & 6 Mile Paddleboard Race
  • Prizes to the Top 3 places
  • Prizes awarded at the Black River Wharf following the races.
  • Complimentary Safety Whistle
  • Women's Only Classes for each scheduled race
  • Mixed Canoe Class

Casual Float (Launching at the French Creek Put-In):

  • 4-Mile course
  • Four stops along course to collect "Tokens" for Prizes
  • Prizes awarded at the Black River Wharf following the Float.
  • Complimentary Safety Whistle
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 BACK FOR 2017


Lunch will be available to volunteers and participants following the event.

Please Support Our Generous Sponsors!


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Many thanks to the Black River Kayak-a-Thon subcommittee
& others who have helped to kick off this event!
City of Lorain
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
The Lorain Growth Corporation
Lorain County Metro Parks
The Lorain Port Authority
Lorain County General Health District
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Sheffield Village
Ohio Emergency Management Agency
Lorain Harbor Patrol
Environmental Protection Agency: Great Lakes National Program Office
U.S. Coast Guard
Department of Homeland Security
Life Care Ambulance