By James Moran
Gannon University Student Contributor
There are 9,910 square miles of warm, clean water making Lake Erie one of the most recreational and boater friendly bodies of freshwater on the planet. Presque Isle, of Greater Erie, is the best source for locals and tourists to entertain themselves in Erie, especially if you are interested in renting any type of watercraft. Have you never used a kayak or small boat before? Beginners can take classes to learn about kayaking and water activities in the Lagoons, located within Presque Isle State Park. Classes are held all summer long and are relatively cheap. There is also a boat rental concession located in the Grave Yard area that offers an assortment of powered and non-powered craft. Although Presque Isle offers the most boat and kayak rental opportunities, there are numerous boat launches across the County.
As an avid kayaker myself, I know how peaceful and enjoyable nature can be. Lake Erie is dotted with several islands and historical landmarks accessible by kayak and boat. There are also miles and miles of shoreline ready to be trolled by the next nature junkie, or really anyone who wants to let their hair down and have a good time.
Unfortunately, AIS (Aquatic Invasive Species) have been giving our great waterways some problems. They spread rapidly into new locations causing human, economic, and environmental harm, and are an important threat being tackled. The Pennsylvania Zebra and Quagga Mussel Monitoring Network, for example, gives locals and even willing tourists the chance to get on a kayak and help the cause against AIS. These kayakers help by reporting or removing any harmful species, while still enjoying the endless beauty that Lake Erie provides.
Photos courtesy of Karen Coughlin, Carolyn McIntyre, and