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Here’s your chance to paddle around on Lower Shaker Lake

August 1, 2018

Here’s your chance to paddle around on Lower Shaker Lake

SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio – Canoe races were an annual event on Lower Shaker Lake a century ago, when the Shaker Lakes Canoe Club operated out of a two-story clubhouse.

The clubhouse is long gone and boating of any kind has pretty much disappeared from the lake, which was created in the 1820s with the damming of Doan Brook by the North Union Shakers.

But this Saturday, paddlers of all types will be welcome on the water.

Doan Brook Watershed Partnership is holding its 7th annual Take to the Lake celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring a canoe, kayak or standup paddleboard and shove off. Kayaks can be rented for $15 per hour, per person.

Kayak and canoe lessons also will be offered, but you should register at doanbrookwatershedpartnership.org by Thursday. The canoe classes are close to filling up, said Andrew Klooster of Doan Brook Watershed Partnership.

All boaters will have to check in at the lake and get a wristband.

Those staying on shore can go hiking, perform yoga and take in the acoustic bluegrass sounds of the Spyder Stompers, which is performing from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes will offer a geocaching hike at 11:30 a.m. and a nature/shaker lakes history hike at 1:30 p.m. Hikes will be $5 per group (of any size) and registration at doanbrookwaterhedpartnership.org is encouraged.

Yoga Roots will hold a yoga class at 10:30 a.m. for $5 per person.

The day’s activities will be based on the south side of the lake near the dam, which is close to the intersection of South Park Boulevard and Coventry Road. Parking will be available along South Park.

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