Kayak or Canoe? How to Decide on the Right Watercraft

Kayak-or-Canoe If you are looking for a fun summer outing, a paddling trip could be just the thing. River trips can be planned as a half day or full day adventure. You can set the pace at whatever level you'd like - for thrill and excitement or tranquil relaxation. The two popular paddling watercraft choices are kayaks and canoes. While both have much in common as fun water sports, kayaking and canoeing do have differences. Considering the type of outing you would like to plan will help you decide whether to kayak or canoe.


If you are looking for a fast paced ride through rougher waters, or just a calm paddle across a placid lake, kayaks are a good choice. Kayaks are quick and tend to be a little easier for a novice to maneuver. One of the confusing things about kayaks for many people is the difference between a whitewater type kayak and a recreational kayak. Recreational kayaks are much more stable, have comfortable seats, and are suitable for novices to use. White water kayaks usually require some training before you hit the river. We only use stable, recreational kayaks. If you plan to paddle alone, a kayak will be much more manageable. Make sure you are comfortable, not only on the water, but also in the water. The kayak is also the most stable of all watercraft, partly due to a low center of gravity.


Do your trip plans include stopping for a picnic or fishing? If you will have a lot of gear, a canoe is your best bet, as it contains ample storage. A canoe is the ideal craft for families, and we have canoes with 3 seats. A center seat for 1 or 2 small children works great. If the weather happens to be a little on the cool side, a canoe trip will probably be more enjoyable, since you tend to not get as wet when you canoe. You should also consider the course you plan to paddle. Whether you choose to kayak or canoe, with the proper planning, you're sure to have an amazing time on your water adventure!

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