See & Do at Lakeside



Open waters of Lake Erie
Home to a 700-foot dock stretching out over the open waters of Lake Erie, Lakeside offers water activities for everyone. Explore opportunities in sailing, kayaking, swimming, paddleboarding, fishing or simply enjoying the beautiful shoreline.

Sailboat Rentals

Rent a sailboat and enjoy the beautiful shoreline.
Whether on your own or together with a partner, boat rentals offer a unique water experience for all ages.

Rental Rates

Society of Old Salts (S.O.S.) members may rent only one watercraft at a time per membership, at no cost; two-hour maximum applies. Rental rates apply for second watercraft rental in the same time slot.

Sunfish Sailboat

$30 first hour
$20 additional hour

Laser Sailboat

$30 first hour
$20 additional hour

Opti Sailboat

$30 first hour
$20 additional hour

FJ Sailboat

$40 first hour
$20 additional hour

Reserve Your Sailboat Today

Sailboat and watercraft rentals have a 2-hour maximum time limit and must be reserved in advance.

Message Us

Please note that the Waterfront Rental Center is closed from Labor Day to Memorial Day. Guests are welcome to swim, fish or bring their own kayaks, paddleboards or sailboats to enjoy the water at their own leisure. For additional information, please call (419) 798-4461 ext. 266.

Looking for Other Watercraft?

Rent a sailboat, kayak or paddleboard and enjoy the beautiful shoreline.

Watercraft Rental Rules & Regulations

  • USCG Approved Life Jacket must be worn at all times.
  • You must have an adult, 18 years or older, present to sign a waiver
  • All sailors must pass a sailing test with a score of at least 80% at the Waterfront Rental Center and be cleared by the Sailing Staff to rent sailboats
  • No person under 12 years of age shall operate any vessel unless under the direct visual and audible supervision of a person who is 18 years of age or older
  • Children 8 years or younger must have an adult 18 years or older on board
  • No more than two people at a time are permitted on a paddleboard
  • Guests may switch kayak and paddleboard users during their rental time, however, rules and regulations apply to all watercraft passengers

Sailing Programs

Sailing Programs

Sailing Classes | $95 per week
Classes will run weekly, beginning June 12, 2023, with the last class running the week of July 31, 2023.
Beginner: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Monday-Friday
Intermediate: 8:30-10:30 a.m., Monday-Friday

The Lakeside Sailing Center offers weekly sailing classes for ages 10 and older with limited spots for ages 8 and up. All sailing classes are taught by U.S. Sailing Certified Instructors on Optis and Sunfish watercrafts. All participants must pass a swim test on the first day of class.

Registration: Cost is $95 for the week. Registration opens at 8 a.m. Thursday the week before classes start. Click here for registration information.

Private Lessons | $60 per lesson
Private lessons are available for both children and adults throughout the summer depending on instructor availability. Please inquire at the Waterfront Information Center at 419-798-4461, ext. 266.

W.O.W Sailing Classes | $150 per week
Level 1 (Beginner): 11:30 a.m., June 26-June 30, 2023
Women on Water (W.O.W.) offers Level 1 (Beginner) Sailing Classes for women. Each session includes five days of classroom and on-water instruction and is certified through the U.S. Sailing Association. Classes are instructed by Celeste Cook Williams, a U.S. Coast Guard Near Coastal Master Captain, sailing teacher veteran, and co-founder of the Lakeside Sailing Center. Register early as class size is limited. Cost is $150 for the week. Please complete the preliminary intake form and the instructor will contact you.  For more information, visit the calendar or contact the Waterfront Rental Center at or 419-798-4461, ext. 266.

Registration: Cost is $150 for the week. Contact the Waterfront Rental Center at or 419-798-4461, ext. 266 to register. Early registration is recommended due to limited class size.

Kids Setting Sail | Free of Charge

For decades, the love of sailing has been handed down through generations of Lakesiders. This free program offered by members of S.O.S. on Sundays from 2:30-4:30 p.m. is for children ages 5-10. Weather permitting, this program is offered weekly during the summer. Those participating are given Sunfish boat rides courtesy of veteran sailors who are committed to sharing the sailing experience with all.

Summer/Winter Boat Storage

For those planning to store their boat during the summer or winter seasons at the Lakeside Sailing Center, download and return the 2022-23 Boat Storage Agreement (check back for form) with payment to: Lakeside Chautauqua, Attn: Watercraft, 236 Walnut Ave., Lakeside, Ohio 43440.

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