The Waterfront Rental Center is closed from Labor Day to Memorial Day. Guests are welcome to swim, fish or bring their own kayaks, paddle boards or sailboats to enjoy the water at their own leisure.

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, paddle boarding, fishing or simply enjoying the beautiful shoreline.

Waterfront Rental Center

For more information about waterfront activities during the summer, contact the Waterfront Rental Center at or 419.798.4461, ext. 266.


Learn to sail or rent a sailboat, kayak or paddleboard, and enjoy the beautiful Lakeside Chautauqua shoreline.

Kids’ Sailing Classes (Basic I/Basic II) June 14, 2021-August 6, 2021

  • Basic I: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Mon-Fri
  • Basic II: 8:30-10:30 a.m., Mon-Fri

The Lakeside Sailing Center offers weekly sailing classes for ages 10 and over. Ages 7 and older may be considered based on size and vessel availability. Private lessons also available throughout the summer season depending on instructor availability. All sailing classes are taught by U.S. Sailing Certified Instructors on Optis and Sunfish. All participants must pass a swim test on the first day of class.

Cost $95.00 for the week. Register for sailing classes at the Waterfront Rental Center. Registration opens noon on the Thursday before classes start. For information and registration contact the Waterfront Rental Center or 419.798.4461, ext. 266

WOW Sailing Classes

  • June 21, 2021-June 25, 2021 (beginner)
  • August 2, 2021-August 6, 2021 (intermediate)

Women on Water offers beginner and intermediate sailing classes for women approximately 40 years and older. Each Session includes five days of classroom and on-water instruction and is certified through U.S. Sailing. 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 $95.00. For more information see Calendar of Events or contact the Waterfront Rental Center at or 419.798.4461, ext. 266

Introduce Kids to Sailing

Join us for our Kids Set Sail program on Sundays. For decades, the love of sailing has been handed down from Lakeside generation to generation. In an effort to continue the tradition, S.O.S. volunteers provide FREE sailing opportunities for children every Sunday, 2:30 - 4:30 pm, (weather permitting) during summer season. Those participating are given Sunfish boat rides courtesy of veteran sailors who love sharing the joy that is Lakeside sailing, because sailing is for everyone at every age!

Watercraft Rentals

Rent a sailboat, kayak, or paddleboard and enjoy the beautiful Lakeside Chautauqua Shoreline. Whether on your own or together with a partner, boat rentals offer a unique water experience for anyone.

Lakeside Rental Fleet

The Lakeside Association currently has an inventory of 35 various watercraft within the rental fleet. They are identified either with an “LS” for those provided directly by Lakeside or an “SOS” if donated to Lakeside by SOS. This watercraft fleet is all owned and managed by Lakeside and is available for the enjoyment of all community members and visitors..

Rental Rates:

  • Sunfish $30 first hour, $20 additional hour
  • Laser $30 first hour, $20 additional hour
  • Opti $30 first hour, $20 additional hour
  • FJ $40 first hour, $20 additional hour
  • Kayak $30 first hour, $20 additional hour
  • Paddleboard $20 first hour, $15 additional hour

*Additional hour must be reserved at the same time

* 2 hour maximum time limit on all watercraft

*SOS Active 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.

Watercraft Rental Rules and Regulations

  • USCG Approved Life Jacket must be worn at all times
  • You must have an adult 18 years or older be present to sign a waiver
  • All Sailors must be 10 years or older, pass a Sailing Test with a score of at least 80% at the Waterfront Rental Center, and be cleared by sailing staff to rent sailboats
  • Children 8 years or younger must have an adult, 18 years or older on board.
  • No more than two people on a Paddleboard at a time
  • You may switch kayak and paddleboard users during your rental time, however rules and regulations apply to all watercraft passengers.

To make a reservation, visit the Waterfront Rental Center, or call 419-798-4461 Ext.266. Last rental is at 4:45 p.m.

A limited number of Sailboats (Sunfish, Opti, Laser, FJ) may be reserved up to four days in advance. Please call for availability and check back daily for rental updates.

Splash Park & Baby Pool

The Baby Pool and Splash Pad are open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for kids and families to enjoy.


Lakeside is the ideal location to sunbathe and swim on hot summer days. Relax on the beach or catch some rays on the dock.

Please note that the beach and dock is open for swimming. Swimmers should stay within the swim lines at the beach and between the I and L docks. Those with inflatables should use the roped off swim areas between the I and L docks.

For information about the Grindley Aquatic Pool please visit the pool website or call 419.702.7598.


Reel in the fun, and experience great fishing in one of the Great Lakes. Catching a Lake Erie perch, walleye or other fresh water fish is sure to make your trip to Lakeside a memorable one. All anglers in Ohio, age 16 and older, require a valid fishing license. Gather your fishing gear and prepare for a great experience at Lakeside Chautauqua.

Fishing licenses and bait available in the Waterfront Rental Center. For information contact or 419-798-4461, ext. 266.

Wooden Boat Rides & Cruises

Wooden boat rides and cruises are offered from 6-9 p.m. Monday and Thursday during the summer. Private charters are also available for groups. Contact the Waterfront Rental Center at 419.798.4461, ext. 266 to inquire about reservations.

Boat rides and cruises are offered June 24 - August 26.

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 2021-22 Boat Storage Agreement with payment to: Lakeside Chautauqua, Attn: Watercraft, 236 Walnut Ave., Lakeside, Ohio 43440.