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10 Places for Your Next Kayak Adventure

Best Places To Go Kayaking

Are you looking for somewhere new for your next kayaking adventure? Look no further than these ten destinations.

1)) Boundary Waters, Minnesota

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area is a unique place nestled in Northern Minnesota. Boasting over 1,000 lakes and over 1,200 miles of water trails, the Boundary Waters is a kayaker’s paradise.

Loons, wood ducks, owls, deer, and bears are just some of the wildlife you can expect to see in your trip to the Northern woods.

If you’re going to be paddling the Boundary Waters, plan for a multi-day adventure.

You can take advantage of one of the hundreds of campsites scattered throughout the wilderness area.

2)) Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan

The Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is the perfect backdrop for a kayaking day trip.

With massive rock formations and windswept cliffs, the Pictured Rocks are as fun to explore and paddle through as they are beautiful.

As the water can get a little rough on Lake Superior, this trip is best for intermediate paddlers.

3)) Okefenokee Swamp, Georgia

Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia is great for any level of paddler. You can choose the length of adventure you want, from a day trip to a multi-day, 44-mile excursion.

The campsites in the swamp are raised and covered platforms, allowing you to easily pull up in your kayak and set up camp.

The mosquitos can be abundant during the summer months, so plan your visit for the early spring or late fall.

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4)) Waccamaw River Blue Trail, South Carolina

The Waccamaw River Blue Trail is an easy and stunning paddle located in South Carolina.

The trail winds from the Waccamaw River Heritage Preserve to Winyah Bay, providing miles of scenic views and opportunities for wildlife sightings.

The river is a popular destination for fishing, as well.

5)) Kitsap Peninsula National Water Trails, Washington

The Kitsap Peninsula National Water Trails in Washington allow paddlers the chance to explore the Puget Sound region.

The trail is particularly unique because it is saltwater and water levels are influenced by the tide, something kayakers should be mindful of as they head out.

There are dozens of places to put in and out at, some of which are better suited for beginners than others.

6)) Missouri National Recreational River Water Trail, from South Dakota to Iowa

The Missouri National Recreational River Water Trail stretches from South Dakota through Nebraska and into Iowa.

The trail provides paddlers with the opportunity to view the same landscape that Lewis and Clark did in the early 1800s, making this trip both scenic and educational.

7)) Hudson River Greenway Water Trail, New York

The Hudson River Greenway Water Trail in New York provides an escape into nature for those who are normally caught up in busy city life.

Paddlers on the Hudson River can enjoy a day trip, or a several day long journey.

Along the river trail, there are opportunities for camping and hiking, as well as breathtaking views of both nature and urban areas.

8)) Black Canyon Water Trail, Arizona, and Nevada

The Black Canyon Water Trail in Arizona and Nevada travels through Lake Mead Recreation Area, starting at the Hoover Dam and ending in Lake Mohave.

The trail offers views of the Hoover Dam, awe-inspiring red rock formations, and sweeping desert landscapes.

9)) Lake Almanor, California

Lake Almanor in Northern California offers paddlers views of alpine trees and mountains.

Many cities along the lake offer kayak rentals, making Lake Almanor a great destination for a kayaking day trip.

Heron, Bald Eagles, geese, and several species of duck await you on your paddle around this Californian gem.

10)) Clinch River, Tennessee

The Clinch River in Tennessee offers relaxation, Southern style. In between long stretches of serene waters, gentle class I and II rapids will help shake things up.

The rapids are small and short-lived, however, and the Clinch River is a wonderful paddling destination for kayakers of all skill levels.

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There you are – somewhere new for your next kayaking adventure. Try one or all of these ten destinations for your next kayak adventure.

Barry Sizemore

When it comes to kayaking, you have the option of selecting calm or rough white water runs. There’s nothing more freeing than being out on the open water away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. If you’re interested in learning more about the sport of kayaking, then stop by Kayaking Insiders often!

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