LoCo 'Yaks

Lorain County Kayak & Paddle Sports Group

Leaders in Marine Debris Prevention & Education

Recipients of the 

2016 American Rivers National River Heroes Award - Most Trash Collected


2015 Keep Ohio Beautiful Award

and the 

2014 Lorain County Beautiful Award.

We are a 501(c)3 Organization. Click the Donate button to make a tax deductible donation to the LoCo 'Yaks & the BRCU.


Up Next: Reel Paddling Film Festival

Rapid Media's Reel Paddling Film Festival will be hosted locally by the 

LoCo 'Yaks & The Backpackers Shop; sponsored by the Lorain Elks Lodge and the Ohio Environmental Council

We will be offering two viewings, featuring various short films (different at each event), for your convenience...

Thursday, February 9th, 2017, 6:30pm at the Lorain Elks Lodge - 203 W. 6th Street, Lorain. Food and drink available: a limited menu will be offered from Smash -- World's Greatest Food Truck, and the Elk's bar will be open as usual. Non-alcoholic beverages will be provided by the LoCo 'Yaks.

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017, 6:30pm at Around The Corner - 18616 Detroit Ave., Cleveland. ATC's bar and kitchen will be open and the movies will be in their Warehouse Room.

We recommend arriving early to get a good seat and make sure you have food & drinks before we start.

Tickets for each show are $13 in advance & $16 at the door

CLICK HERE to buy tickets online (PayPal fees apply) 

~OR~ to pay with ca$h or check -- 

visit The Backpackers Shop (available soon)

contact a LoCo 'Yaks Board Member

or mail a check directly to the 'Yaks @ 331 Missouri Ave., Lorain OH 44052 (be sure to include email & phone number with mailed checks)

All proceeds for this event will go to the newly established 

LoCo 'Yaks Scholarship Fund.



Saturday / Sunday        May  6 & 7        9am - 2pm

Lunch to Follow

Black River Clean-Up 2016 Results:

385 Volunteers

20,330 Lbs. Trash

+ 3,485 Lbs. Scrap Metal

+ 115 (12,941 lbs.) Tires

= 18.38 TONS debris 

removed & repurposed

We are Taking Back The Black!
Organizers of the Annual Black River Clean-Up

2013 Results:

255 Volunteers

+ 3.87 Tons trash

+ 1800#s Scrap Metal

+ 105 Tires 

= 6.5 TONS debris removed

2014 Results:

280 Volunteers

+ 19.29 Tons trash 

+ 660#s Scrap Metal

+ 125 Tires

= 21.995 TONS debris removed

2015 Results:

422 Volunteers

+ 13.75 Tons trash

+ 1090#s Scrap Metal

+ 546 Tires

= 25.42 TONS debris removed

Looking for info on Kayak Classes or Guided Trips?

Visit The LoCo 'Yak Shak & click Take A Class or Plan A Trip.