Summertime fun in SMP

Watch a tranquil sunset on stand-up paddleboard or wind surf in the sun at Nimisila Reservoir Metro Park. Photos by Mike Droppleman.

Paddle through Summit County

Whether you’ve never paddled before or you never miss an opportunity to get out on the local waters, SMP has options for you. “For those new to kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding, we offer river- and lake-based programs at Munroe Falls, Silver Creek, Nimisila Reservoir and Gorge Metro Parks, as well as Summit Lake Nature Center,” says Community Engagement Manager Meghan Doran. “You can choose a one-hour program to learn the basics, or a two-hour program to learn to paddle and take a guided tour with a naturalist.” Act fast; programs require registration and fill up quickly!

Naturalist-led fishing programs for kids, like this one at Furnace Run Metro Park, are held throughout the summer. Photo by Robert Wilkinson.

Cast a Line

SMP naturalists also offer free fishing programs for anglers of all ages — and even provide equipment on a first-come, first-served basis. “It’s amazing seeing a child’s face light up with the thrill of the catch,” says Naturalist Dave Daly. “We love teaching them a skill they can enjoy with friends and family for the rest of their lives.”

Capture a perfect sunset over Nimisila Reservoir while looking for purple marrtins.

Snap a Lasting Memory

If you’re more into the beautiful scenery created by the waterways of SMP, check out Nimisila Reservoir Metro Park. A recent Akron Beacon Journal article called it a “sunset paradise,” as it frequently features strikingly colorful displays as nightfall approaches. The lake is also home to a variety of wildlife, top-notch fishing opportunities and a campground.

Great Egret at Munroe Falls Metro Park. Photo by Sheila Stransky.

Observe our Feathered Friends

“For a relaxing and rewarding activity, the lakes, ponds and rivers of SMP are a wonderful place to view wildlife,” says Interpretive Naturalist Janean Kazimir. “Nesting waterfowl, such as wood ducks and mergansers, dot the landscape.”



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Summit Metro Parks

Summit Metro Parks


Summit Metro Parks manages 15,000 acres, 16 parks, three nature centers and more than 150 miles of trails. Find more at