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Kayaking CLE: Jay Crawford and Betsy Kling get back out on the water

Ready for some safe summer fun? Try renting kayaks or paddleboards to explore the Rocky River, and Lake Erie.

CLEVELAND — This weekend is the perfect time to get out and rediscover Northeast Ohio.

From jet skis, to boating, paddle boarding and kayaking, there's so much fun to be had out on the water.

So for the first time since the pandemic began, "What's New" hosts Jay Crawford and Betsy Kling got to get out on the Rocky River to show you one easy way to be safe, socially distanced and have a lot of fun.

Located in the Cleveland Metroparks Rocky River Reservation in Lakewood, Ohio, 41° North Coastal Kayak Adventures has your summer fun covered. That's where Jay and Betsy met up with owner Mark Pecot to give it a try.

"We rent kayaks and stand-up paddle boards down here and also offer instruction and guided tours so whatever you want to do we can do it," Mark told the duo.

He explained that the Rocky River, despite it's name, is the perfect place for anyone to learn to paddle.

"For kayakers it's a great place for beginners. First of all, because you've got the calm water...people hear that name Rocky River and they have visions of like rapids and things like that," he said. "It isn't. It's a it's a very calm flat river that goes out to Lake Erie so on days when the lake is calm people can paddle out onto the lake."

Water sports like kayaking saw increased popularity during the pandemic, and Mark says he doesn't see demand fading anytime soon. 

"You know, it's the original social distancing activity, right?" he said. "It's a great way I think just to get some exercise and to see the city."

So that's what Jay and Betsy did - as they set out to enjoy some physical activity on a beautiful Cleveland night, in a beautiful setting. Watch their full adventure in the video player above, and if you are interested in trying it out for yourself, you can learn more about 41° North here

You can watch Friday's edition of What's New below:

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