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Welcome to Challenge at Utoledo Rec

Take your UToledo Rec experience to the next level by kayaking, and climbing! In the safety of our pool or the scenic Ottawa River kayaking can be the challenge for you or face your fears by climbing or belaying on our wall!




Closed Until Further Notice



STAFF BELAY HOURS: Closed Until Further Notice

Use the climb wall at the UToledo Rec for a great total body strength and cardio workout, improved flexibility and range of motion, reduced stress AND a brain boost to get you through the semester. Climbing is also a great way to meet new people, have fun, and challenge yourself!

 We offer climb wall experiences for groups and birthday parties. For general questions or rental inquires, please contact 419.530.3700.


Bouldering, or moving horizontally across the wall, may be done at any time during open hours and does not require any gear or experience. For safety reasons, stay below the yellow designated line and wear only clean climbing or tennis shoes on the wall.

Users under 14 years of age must have adult supervision and users under 10 must be spotted by an adult.


Vertical climbs are available to all during staff belay hours. 

  • Harness and shoes are available to members and guests at no cost during climb wall hours.
  • Staff are available during staff belay hours to belay members.


**Kayaking UToledo - Call front office to check opening, kayaking is weather & water level dependant 419-530-3700**

Kayaking the ottawa river On-Campus
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New in 2019, the University of Toledo has kayaks for use on campus in the Ottawa River. Use is free to all UToledo students and rec members. Non-members may use the kayaks with a day pass. All participants must be over 50 pounds and able to operate kayak independently.

To use the kayaks please call 419.530.3700 or go to the Recreation Center Main Office at 2800 E. Rocket Drive. 

complete river kayaking policies

Not ready for the open waters? Maybe you want to up your kayak game? Either way our pool-based kayak lessons have you covered.

Kayak in the Pool
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Join Toledo Metroparks  paddling instructors at the UToledo Rec's  indoor pool for a unique winter boating opportunity. You’ll learn basic kayaking skills and play games. This program is FREE and beginner-friendly. Participants must be 8 or older. Minors must be accompanied by adults. Non-members must purchase a day pass for access to all programming.

Kayak Basics Course
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$15 Nonmembers, $10 Members

Escape the frigid temperatures this winter with this beginner course in the comfort of the indoor pool at the University of Toledo Student Recreation Center. This program is designed to help you learn basic strokes and safety tactics on the water. Staff is certified by the American Canoe Association and all equipment is provided. Participants must be 12 or older. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. 

Kayak Rescues Course
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$15 Nonmembers, $10 Members

Preparing for upcoming kayak adventures? Do you know what it takes to paddle safely in larger bodies of water and rescue a capsized boat? Toledo Metroparks certified American Canoe Association instructors will show you the best practices for individual and team rescues in a controlled setting. Taking the Kayak Basics course prior to this course is recommended but not required. All equipment is provided. Participants must be 12 or older. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. All equipment is provided. Registration is required.



Last Updated: 10/29/20