June 7-9, 2019 South Bass Island: This will be year number 15 in celebrating, the South Bass Island Kayak Rendezvous as the premier kayaking gathering on Lake Erie. Join more than 100 kayakers from the tri-state area and beyond for a weekend of paddling, camping, socializing and exploring the islands located in the western basin of Lake Erie.
Each year on the second weekend after Memorial Day, paddlers have descended upon the South Bass Island State Park for this annual gathering. This paddler organized event, brings kayakers together for a fun weekend. Safety is our utmost concern and paddlers are encouraged to plan their own water based activities, but join our land based social functions. There are countless paddling opportunities among the islands of the Western Basin. For beginners there are paddling opportunities within the Put-in-Bay Harbor, for intermediate paddlers, there are miles of island coastline to paddle and for experienced paddlers there are dozens of open water crossings between islands to explore. See our paddling page for destination ideas for your weekend.
South Bass Island is a perfect paddling location for kayakers who want to rough it at the State Park or for those who like to be close to civilization. The amenities at the State Park are excellent, the views from the cliff-side campsites are amazing, and downtown Put-in-Bay is a close walk or shuttle drive.
Paddlers can make the crossing from the mainland or they can take the Miller Ferry. If the weather turns, the Miller Ferry is an excellent safety gap for the return trip to the mainland.
Most of all, come, paddle, socialize and experience the wonderful gem we call the Erie Islands!
If you would like to be added to our email list for future information about the SBIKR, contact Eric Slough at emanohtol at yahoo dot com.
Special Guest for 2019- Traci Lynn Martin: Many of us in the Great Lakes Region followed with great anticipation Traci's epic 3,952 mile solo journey circumnavigation the Great Lakes. Through struggles and triumphant success her Just Around the Pointe expedition was one of the most talked about kayak stories of 2017. Join Traci (who suffers from Rheumatoid Arthritis) as she recaps her attempt to become the first person to circumnavigate all five of the Great Lakes in one calendar year and in the process inspire all individuals who suffer from chronic health challenges to never give up on their personal dreams. During this exhaust 10 month expedition she'll talk about the challenges she faced and the amazing sights she encountered paddling solo on our inland sea's.