I don't like flat water, and I'm okay with small rapids. But I have a cheap recreational kayak and it flips easily on rapids, simply because I'm too heavy for it, and it isn't really designed for rapids. I love obstacles and quick currents, even small rapids that don't dump me.
I love being on the AuSable river in upper Michigan, but it's a 3 hour drive, so I settle for the various parts of the Huron river, only about an hour drive.
Hell Creek was, um, interesting. They had just opened the dam upstream from where we started. Some areas were quite treacherous. It hadn't been cleared in a while so there were too many downed trees for spiders to climb into our kayaks as we tried to get under them. The bridges were interesting. We had to get way down in the kayaks and push up on the bridge to get the kayaks low enough to pass under, because the water was so high. That day, it was aptly named!
Just getting started with kayaking so I have limited places but Three Sister's Springs in Crystal River, Florida is a very nice area. I enjoyed seeing a small manatee today. The water is so clear in the Springs. During the winter months there are hundreds of manatees there and I can wait to see them. Friday I'm planning on launching in Homassa, Florida.
I have a new favorite place to paddle (I keep coming up with new places) that's located in northern lower West Michigan ~ The Jordan River. That was a great paddling place. Cedar trees line the edges of the river providing a quiet green canope. I will be going down the Jordan on a midnight paddle in August ~ can't wait
Fitness Minutes: (637) Posts: 33 7/3/10 8:42 P
New here--hello! My favorite spot is right at edge of our backyard: the Shenandoah River. We're on a nice quiet stretch, no whitewater . . .. so we're out there pretty regularly. I also work just a block away from the Potomac River, so love throwing the kayak in after work with work chums.
We are having a great paddling summer! I do solo trips now on the river at the nearest put in spot- it isn't my favorite, but it is nice. We paddle with our kids ALL the time now in our recreation boats. My 4 year old is quite a good little paddler. Last night we met up with my sister and her kids...her 5 and 7 year old both paddle their own otters. We take our youngest two out in K-2s with us, while our older kids go on their own. It is loads of fun. If I could paddle every day I would be in heaven!
I like my rivers to have lots of twists, turns, and curves. We've been down some rivers where trees that have fallen down and crossed the river. We had to get out and heav-ho the kayaks over the tree. I like to hear the fiffles on the water - fast and bubbly.
We have a number of reservoirs and small lakes and ponds in the area that my husband and I frequent. We also have been exploring Lake Champlain a bit. We don't do rivers too much just because we don't really know of any yet. But I like the laziness of lakes and ponds.
Is anyone paddling over the Holiday Season? I have only paddled in spring/summer/fall, but never in the winter. We just had icy conditions from Christmas Eve until Christmas morning here in West Michigan. I'll be lucky to get my car down the road today. Merry Christmas
Fitness Minutes: (35,705) Posts: 85 10/21/09 10:13 P
My favorite paddling spot is on the Susquehanna River starting in the town of Portlandville. I like to paddle upstream towards Cooperstown, NY. I have paddled there for over 20 years now. It is beautiful because after about 5 minutes of paddling you are in the woods. The wildlife includes bald eagles, herons, little otters and more...
There was one fish heading up stream that was swimming on top of the water. They run about 2 to 2 1/2 feet in length. What a sight... almost within touching distance, on top of the water, fish-tailing up stream. I love going down that river in the fall. And the Michigan color change makes for a beautiful sight.
Fitness Minutes: (35,705) Posts: 85 10/13/09 11:26 A
I love paddling down rivers, especially with the riffle noise and swift current. Two weeks ago we had a group of 7 paddle down the White River in Oceana County, Michigan. The salmon were heading up stream. What a feeling to have those massive tails pound on the bottom of the kayak. We had to maneuver around the fishermen, but they were quite friendly. That makes for a nicer paddle.
Fitness Minutes: (15,855) Posts: 2,243 10/8/09 1:58 P
Our house is right on the lake and it is easy to get my kayak into the water and cruise the shoreline to see what everyone is up to with home improvements or nice yards. Lots of wildlife too and natural interesting shoreline.
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Fitness Minutes: (35,705) Posts: 85 10/8/09 1:37 P
There's nothing nicer than paddling serenely along a beautiful stretch of river, except maybe shooting a raging rapid with your heart pounding and the spray in your face. My favorite paddle is the wild and natural Loxahatchee with its birds and gators and ancient cypress trees. What's your special paddling spot, and why do you love it?
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