The United States is a beautiful country with excellent places to visit and many things to do. Kayaking is one of the many sports you can experience in the U.S. You can kayak in the calm waters of the Wailua River in Kauai, Hawaii, or the heavenly clear waters of the Rainbow River near Dunnellon, Florida. You have many options when it comes to kayaking in the U.S. You can choose recreational kayaking in a lake or flat water or navigate some more intense waves in meandering rivers or creeks.
Here is a list of the five best places to go kayaking in the U.S. Recommended by kayak pro of 15 years Andrew bell.
Rainbow River in Florida
The first place on the list is Florida’s Rainbow River in downtown Dunnellon where you can paddle on the calm, clear waters for hours. The water is so clear you can see the green eelgrass and fish. You can rent out a transparent kayak to see the animals in the river directly below your kayak. The river is surrounded by wildlife, making it lovely scenery for the entire family. Scenery includes paddling downstream Dunnellon from the campground, or upstream toward the springhead. The river leads to the beautiful gardens and waterfalls in Rainbow Springs State Park. The river winds with a smooth current for over 6 miles. The water is 72 degrees Fahrenheit all year round. It is a peaceful option for kayaking at any time of the year.
Mission Reach-In San Antonio, Texas
If you are in Texas, the San Antonio River is where you can enjoy a day of kayaking within the city but also surrounded by the riparian woodlands. The Mission Reach Paddling Trail is 8 miles long, extending through downtown San Antonio. It starts from Roosevelt Park traveling through many other beautiful parks and kayak access points and ending at the historic Mission Espada. You can paddle from 3 to 5 hours on the natural current while appreciating the fantastic landscape, missions, and countless bird species and turtles. The water current is calm, making it suitable for travel in both directions. They designed chutes at the kayak access points to use as portages for going upstream. The chutes are a lot of fun!
Wailua River In Kauai, Hawaii
Hawaii has to be one of the most attractive places to visit in the U.S. Kayaking in the Wailua River is an excellent choice to appreciate the beautiful Kauai island. It is known as the “Garden Island” for its enchanting scenery. The river is 20 miles long, and its waters are calm for a relaxing kayaking experience. You can paddle for 3 to 5 hours up the Wailua River through the verdant rainforest to the Uluwehi Secret Falls. You can admire the views of the sacred sites, the Sleeping Giant, and the Fern Grotto from afar. It is a tropical adventure like few others.
Provo River in Utah
Now, if you like to paddle the rapid waters, The Provo River is the perfect place to choose. The Provo River is 17.5 miles long, extending from Deer Creek Reservoir to Utah Lake. Provo River is classified as a slightly steep section to kayak, but still more comfortable than other places. Anyone can paddle the rapids, even beginners. It has a few rapids for whitewater kayaking but also flat water for a quiet ride. The scenery is magnificent, surrounded by big beautiful green trees and wildlife. You can start from Utah Lake and paddle for hours through the many parks and access points. You can stop at the Canyon Glen Park halfway or continue the entire 17 miles to Deer Creek State Park.
Lake Tahoe In Nevada
The last choice is one of the most popular places for recreational kayaking in the U.S. Lake Tahoe extends from California to Nevada. It is so big it has a variety of kayaking spots to choose from. The lake has the most stunning scenery surrounded by crystal clear waters and compelling rock formations. An excellent place for kayaking is Sand Harbor, located within Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park. They have guided tours and rentals where you can also rent a transparent kayak to enjoy the underwater views.
It doesn’t matter if you choose the rapid waters of the rivers or the calm flat water of the lakes, there are many options to choose from in the U.S. Don’t forget your sunscreen if you decide to kayak in Texas or Hawaii. Still, you’ll need a wetsuit for the cold waters of Utah Lake and Nevada.
This article was submitted by Kayakerguide.com