Paddle the Pond at W.W. Knight Nature PreserveThe Wood County Park District offers canoeing and kayaking programs and opportunities.

*Due to the pandemic, many things are different this year. Paddle the Pond is not on for 2020. We are disappointed to not provide this program this year. Thank you for your understanding. 

If you have your own paddle craft, you can launch from Otsego Park, William Henry Harrison Park, and Buttonwood/Betty C. Black Recreation Area (water level and weather permitting). Please exercise caution and safe practices, including wearing life jackets.

















Every Monday in summer, visit the W.W. Knight Nature Preserve for Paddle the Pond. This is a free paddle experience provided from 4:00 Р7:30 pm. Certified instructors are on-hand to provide a brief safety lesson. All gear is provided. The last Monday of the month, kayaks are available as well as the canoes.

Ages: 12 years of age and older to paddle a kayak and 4 years of age or older to ride in a canoe.

Additional Safety and Skills classes are taught for both Canoe and Kayak. Our certified instructors lead these courses.

Kayak Safety Skills course, ACA certified

Learn how to right your kayak and be safe in the water.

Kayaking and Canoeing are fun!

Click here for the Essential Eligibility Criteria.