On the water More Ways to Make a Splash Our rivers and lakes shimmer like a drawer full of dimes. Our waterways are no stranger to some on-the-water fun. Explore by canoe, kayak, stand up paddleboard & more.

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Windsor Essex is a paddler’s paradise – a peninsula surrounded by 3 remarkable water bodies – Lake St. Clair to the north, the Detroit River to the north and west, Lake Erie to the south. There are three great ways to make a splash in Windsor Essex!

  • In a kayak, the paddler is seated and uses a double-bladed paddle pulling the blade through the water on alternate sides to move forward
  • In a canoe, the paddler kneels and uses a single-bladed paddle to propel the boat forward.
  • For stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), a rider stands up on a large board and uses a paddle to move through the water.

Looking to plan your next on-the-water adventure in Windsor Essex? Check out the three zones below – our maps including launch points, tours & experiences and picture perfect vistas.


Know Before You Go: Paddlers can only be out during daylight hours as they have no navigation lights. Permits are not required along navigable waterways.  One can paddle to the U.S., as long as they do not anchor or tie/attach to another boat.  Proper reporting requirements to customs are also necessary.  If you are a Canadian and stay on the Canadian side of the Detroit River, there should be no issues.

 

On-The-Water Resources

Check out our paddling resources below before you hit the water to make the most of your trip in Windsor Essex!

BLOGS

Use our blogs to plan your own paddling adventure! Whether you’re a pro out for an exhaustive open water adventure or a novice looking for a fun afternoon with the family. We have tips, tricks and hidden spots to make the most of the paddling options in Windsor Essex!

5 Places to Paddle

Discover the places that you can’t find with roads or by foot – tucked away little spots where only the river will take you!

Paddling Point Pelee

Approximately 70 per cent of Point Pelee is made up of marsh, creating a protected area to explore.

Girlfriends Getaway

Grab your besties and head out on the open water!

Kayaking to Peche Island

In the Detroit River is a nature lovers paradise and a park owned & operated by the City of Windsor.

Explore Our Paddling Routes

 

Detroit River Route

Along the banks of the historic Detroit River, paddle to and explore Peche Island, a naturalized park with…

South Shore Route

One of North America’s Great Lakes, Lake Erie provides for spectacular views of nature, through an expansive shoreline…

North Shore Route

To the north, along Lake St. Clair, there are several worthwhile paddling launchpoints.  Start in the quaint town…



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