Canoe & Kayak Rentals

Canoe & Kayak Rentals: Benton | Cleveland TN | Parksville Lake | Lake Ocoee Inn

Parksville Lake (also known as Lake Ocoee) has over 1,900 acres of surface water with 47 miles of shoreline and is a perfect destination for the first time or experienced kayaker. You can rent a variety of kayaks from Lake Ocoee Inn & Marina and immediately enjoy the scenic beauty of Parksville Lake. Nestled in the mountains of the Cherokee National Forest, Lake Ocoee is a 20 minute drive from nearby Cleveland, TN.  If you are traveling on Interstate 75 (I-75) it is a short 20 mile drive from either Exit 20 or Exit 25Follow along highway 64 and the Ocoee Scenic Byway, guided by the gentle curves of the gorgeous shoreline, to arrive at one of the area’s most treasured features.

As the oldest lake in Cherokee National Forest, Parksville Lake has been a long-time and popular destination for locals and visitors to the area. But to really experience the lake, you need to park the car and get up close to the water. Kayaking offers a unique individual or group experience to enjoy the beauty of the lake and surrounding national forest. With gliding ease, kayakers can explore large areas of the lake, while remaining in close connection to the water. Parksville Lake offers numerous inlets and hidden corners to explore, and its gentle waters are the perfect landscape for traveling through a vast habitat for birds, fish and other wildlife.

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Originally designed and crafted by native groups in the arctic, the kayak has provided fun and function for thousands of years. Valued for its speed, stability and low profile to the water, the boat has a long history for hunting and traveling. While the overall shape and size of the earliest kayak designs are very similar to the kayaks we see today, the materials have changed significantly. Once solely made from organic materials of wood, bone, and animal hide, most recreational kayaks found on the water today are made of plastic materials. As technology has offerred more durable and affordable ways to manufacture kayaks, the sport has seen a huge rise in popularity and the colorful boats are now found dotting lakesides and rivers in any season.

As a recreational activity, kayaking provides the perfect combination of adventure and relaxation, giving the rider the freedom to choose the desired level of each. New and experienced riders alike can enjoy this versatile sport and spend endless hours of fun on the water. The Ocoee region has long been a draw for kayakers seeking both relaxation and adventure. The beautiful Parksville Lake offers its peaceful waters for a calm day in the outdoors to kayakers of all skill levels.  However, the nearby world famous Ocoee River that feeds water into Parksville Lake, provides adventure to more experienced and expert kayakers. In fact, the Ocoee River hosted the 1996 Summer Olympic whitewater competitions and is the most popular river in the United States for whitewater rafting. Visitors to the area can drive a short way upstream from Parksville Lake to see the Whitewater Center where the Olympic events were held and enjoy learning about this history while taking in the sights of the beautiful Ocoee River.

Originally, each kayak was hand crafted by its designer to fit perfectly in size for its rider and purpose of the boat. Today hand-crafted kayaks are not as common but that doesn’t mean you can’t find the perfect boat to fit your needs. There are dozens of makes and models of kayaks manufactured in a wide variety sizes, colors and function. Unique to canoeing, kayaks are equipped with double-sided paddles, making for a more natural motion in propelling through the water. Even if you have never spent time in one of these colorful boats, just a little instruction and practice will have you confidently moving through the water with ease. Lake Ocoee Inn & Marina offers a variety of kayaks available for rental, so you can be sure to find the best fit for a fun day on the water. If you are looking to cruise the water in easygoing adventure, several models of traditional one-seater kayaks are available to choose from, as well as tandem options for two-person riding. Both one and two-seater kayaks offer plenty of storage space for coolers and other gear, for all-day exploration. For those interested in fishing the lake from an ideal position, several angler kayak options are available to choose from to give you the best shot at reeling in the catch of the day.

In the heat of the summer easily dock your kayak at any cove or island for a secluded swim and picnic. In colder months, enjoy the feeling of being within arm’s reach of the water without the chill of getting wet. Explore the shorelines and islands of the lake to admire seasonal and local wildlife as the lake makes itself home to birds such as Mallard Ducks, Canadian Geese and even occasional swans. Deer often linger on the more secluded shorelines, where the woodlands are alive with small creatures and native plants of the forest.

Plan your next trip and enjoy the appeal of Parksville Lake and the Ocoee River . You can make it a day trip, a long weekend or a whole week at Lake Ocoee Inn & Marina.  We offer cozy motel lodging, fully furnished cabins with kitchens, and boat rentals (motor boats, pontoon boats, kayaks, and canoes).

Canoe & Kayak Rental Rates

Riviera Tandem Kayak 

Jackson Kayak’s most loved Riviera just got even more FUN, now available as a Tandem. The “Rivi-T” offers the same comfortable high-back seat on both the front and back sitting location. A tandem sit on top allows you to work together when paddling, or simply bring someone along for a ride. Whether a spouse, kid, or even pet, the Rivi-T is fun for the whole family.

 

 

Rates:
  • $50 Cash Deposit
  • $39 for first hour
  • $15 each additional hour
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Riviera Kayak

Length: 11’4″ • Width: 29″ • Capacity: 300 lbs

The Riviera is Jackson Kayak’s blend of easy and FUN! Designed for its simplicity, the Riviera is a great option for those looking for an easy to use, easy to store and comfortable sit on top. The high back on the seat gives you the comfort and support you need to to enjoy your paddling adventures, and with very few moving parts, the Riviera is sure to provide fun for a lifetime. A small day hatch in the center provides semi-dry storage for your lunch, sunblock, or other accessories you might need close at hand. A great “cottage boat” as well as one of the most popular rental boats on the market.

Rates:
  • $50 Cash Deposit
  • $25 for first hour
  • $10 each additional hour

Big Rig kayak

Length: 13’3″ • Width: 40″ • Capacity: 550 lbs 

The HD version of the Big Rig has an oversized center storage pod (Paddle Pod), our High Hi-Lo Ergo Seat Frame with MOLLE System, which includes infinite fore-aft trimming and the unique Big Rig rod troughs are doubled up with TWO rod tubes on both sides of the bow. The Big Rig HD’s new rod staging system lets you set down and snap up your rods at a moments’ notice. Unlike the other HD models, the rod tubes can also accommodate fly rods up to 9′ in length with fly reel geometry behind the seat. Jackson Kayak’s use of track systems remain throughout giving you flexibility in setting up for the day of fishing and our hulls are molded for Raymarine and Power-Pole readiness. Storage is upgraded throughout the Big Rig HD with hatches updated to new rotating latches.

Rates:
  • $50 Cash Deposit
  • $25 for first hour
  • $10 each additional hour

Cruise 12 Kayak

Capacity: 350 lbs

Easily accessible tackle storage located along the gunnels provide a convenient spot for stashing tackle boxes, and rod stagers are molded into the geometry of the deck for quick rod changes.

The open-concept deck has been long-awaited from Jackson, giving the paddler ample storage space fore and aft along with a system of touring-style bungie cords. These areas are perfect for crates, hard and soft coolers, dry bags of gear and more for daily usage and long exploration trips.

Rates:
  • $50 Cash Deposit
  • $39 for first hour
  • $15 each additional hour
cruise 12 kayak

Coosa FD Kayak

Length: 12’7″ • Width: 35″ • Capacity: 450 lbs 

The Coosa FD is based on the top selling Coosa HD hull and deck layout but adds a long-awaited Flex Drive 3D system allowing for hands-free propulsion. The new Flex Drive 3D offers forward and reverse operation and includes a unique articulating system for deep and shallow water navigation. A daggerboard protected two-bladed propeller combined with articulation gives the Flex Drive 3D a performance increase over other drives and helps keep the system clear of shallow water obstacles and easy to clean. The Coosa FD comes with fore-aft trimming and our High Ergo Seat Frame with MOLLE System giving it flexibility in seating positions that puts the pedaler in the most comfortable position possible.  The combination of one of the best designed all-around kayaks and the Flex Drive 3D make this a leading combination for hands-free kayak angling!

Rates:
  • $50 Cash Deposit
  • $39 for first hour
  • $15 each additional hour

Canoe

Rates:
  • $50 Cash Deposit
  • $39 for first hour
  • $15 each additional hour
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