Two summers ago, a friend and I headed to Noblesville, Indiana to spend a day kayaking on the White River. Although it was an overcast day, it felt great to be outdoors and take in the beautiful scenery along the banks of the river. This year, we are looking forward to planning another trip but would prefer something outside central Indiana. Whether you’re looking for a thrilling adventure or just a laid-back paddle, you’ll be able to find a spot that fits your interests below. Here are our five favorites:
Clackamas River (Oregon) – Located near the Mt. Hood National Forest just outside of Portland, the Clackamas River is perfect for more experienced kayakers. The river’s rapids range from Class II to Class IV but the unpredictable Oregon weather can make trips more difficult (and dangerous). Just be sure to plan ahead.
Allagash Wilderness Waterways (Maine) – A paddle to cover the entirety of the Allegash will take seven days, but it’s worth the time. Those who kayak through the north woods of Maine have an excellent chance of spotting moose, bald eagles, and maybe a bear in their natural habitat.
Upper Iowa River (Iowa) – Featuring mostly Class I rapids, this river is a perfect choice for beginners and children. The gorgeous water, limestone cliffs, and the likelihood of spotting a bald eagle are also a major draw.
Everglades National Park (Florida) – Paddle inland or along the Gulf Coast and be prepared to see some alligators and manatees while you’re on the water. Although there aren’t many rapids, keep an eye out for passing boats that can rock your kayak or canoe.
Kenai Peninsula (Alaska) – Check out a variety of wildlife on your trip to this Alaskan peninsula including more than 200 species of amphibians, birds, and mammals.
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