Guide to Kayaking and Boating In Pittsburgh

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When it comes to kayaking and boating near Pittsburgh, we’re pretty lucky to be surrounded by so many great bodies of water: rivers, lakes, and even dams!

We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite places to go kayaking and boating near Pittsburgh, whether you love spending all summer long on the water or want to get your feet wet for the very first time. Check out our recs and prepare to set sail!

Kayaking and Boating Near Pittsburgh

North Park Kayaking And Boating Near Pittsburgh
📷 Venture Outdoors

North Park

With Venture Outdoors, city dwellers can easily kayak close to the Golden Triangle. At North Park in particular, you can choose from kayaks, canoes, pedal boats or even stand-up paddleboards. Choose from North Park Lake or Sharpsburg’s James Sharp Landing, and get ready for Downtown kayaking in 2023!

South Shore Riverfront Park Kayaking Pittsburgh
📷 Dave DiCello

South Shore Riverfront Park

The South Shore Riverfront Park is a gem just a few blocks away from East Carson Street, and it features a public boat and canoe launch for a convenient way to access the river in the middle of the city. Best of all, when you return, you’ll have tons of nearby food and drinks options!

Loyalhanna Lake Kayaking Pittsburgh
📷 Recreation.gov

Loyalhanna Lake

The scenic Loyalhanna Lake reservoir features the Bush Recreation Area, where you can enjoy stunning views of the lake all season long and easily access tons of outdoor activities, including boating, fishing, and paddle sports like kayaking and canoeing. 

Moraine State Park Boating Pittsburgh
📷 PA Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources

Moraine State Park

At Moraine State Park, you can conveniently rent pontoon boats, kayaks, or canoes to explore the park’s central feature, 3,225-acre Lake Arthur. You can also BYOB (bring your own boat!) and even swim in the lake.

Keystone State Park Kayaking Boating Pittsburgh
📷 PA Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources

Keystone State Park

Keystone State Park is open all year round, but given its stunning lake, it’s especially fun to visit during the warmer months when you can kayak, canoe, boat, and even swim in the lake. Rentals are available from the nearby Two Dam Kayak shop, which also carries bait for fishing and basic camping supplies.

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We hope that our list of places to go kayaking and boating near Pittsburgh inspires you to get out on the water this summer! As always, for more fun ways to explore Pittsburgh and to catch the latest news about upcoming events, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook. (Don’t forget to download our app for even more guides!)

Kaidia Pickels

Kaidia Pickels

Kaidia is a marketing copywriter and food/culture journalist based in Pittsburgh, PA. When she's not writing, she loves to travel, eat new dishes at local restaurants and try fitness classes throughout the city. She's a die-hard Penguins fan as well as an amateur baker and mixologist — sometimes combining both in one recipe.