Boating is only allowed at the Wellington Reservation in the Reservoir. Visitors may bring their own non-gas motorized boats for fishing the South Reservoir.
The Lorain- Vermilion Water Trail, a designated kayaking and canoeing water trail, runs from Vermilion River Reservation to Vermilion, across Lake Erie to the City of Lorain and along the Black River to Bur Oak Picnic Area of Black River Reservation. Private kayak rentals companies are available on both the Vermilion River and Black River. There are several access points along the trail.
Explore the Southern Wellington Reservoir with paddleboats offered at Lorain County Metro Parks' Wellington Reservation, Memorial Day through Labor Day, Monday, Tuesday and Friday through Sunday, 10am - 6pm. Closed Wednesday and Thursday.
Visitors will be able to explore the reservoir on one of four paddleboats that will be available from 10am-6pm Friday through Tuesday. Each paddle boat can hold four people and is free of charge to use. The paddleboats are available on a first come first serve basis and have a time limit of 2 hours. All passengers on the boats must wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket, which is provided. The Wellington Reservation is located at 535 Jones Rd, Wellington, Ohio 44090. Call (440) 647-2509 for more information.