Kayakers are a common sight on the Black River near the Lorain Lighthouse. Yes, that's definitely a great trip as we've chronicled here before. For many, the Lorain Lighthouse is an obvious pull, along with the sometimes challenging open waters of Lake Erie at the mouth of the Black River.
|Henderson Bridge, Lorain|
|Grumpy and Rudy|
Once you push off, just paddle to the right and keep going! Views include a mixture of stunning natural views intermixed with and industrial landscape in some spots. Views not seen from the road! On the beautiful, sunny Saturday we went, we were almost the only ones on the river. We did encounter a group of men tooling along slowly in their motor boat, stopping to exclaim "Have you ever been back here?! It's amazing! We had NO idea!" "Yep" I thought.
As you paddle further along, you will see large expanses of wooded, undeveloped land. This is the proposed Riverbend development owned by the City of Lorain. The City and Port Authority have been working hard on a lower Black River Habitat Restoration Project that includes constructing fish habitat shelves, restoration of eroding river banks, invasive species removal and native plantings.
- Directions: From SR 6, turn south onto Broadway Ave. 14th St. is less than a mile. Turn left to the wharf.
- Check out local lodging options and make a long weekend of it. Options closest to this trip are Arbor Lights Bed and Breakfast, Lake Breeze Inn and the Fairfield Inn and Suites.
- Great dining options (with spectacular sunsets and Lake views) are the Rose Cafe at Lakeview Park and Jackalope Lakeside Restaurant.
|Cap the day off with a spectacular Lake Erie sunset-|
this is the view from the Jackalope Lakeside Restaurant.