Today a person asked me about my favorite places to canoe.
Just like you, I have a personal list that is filled with memories. As you spend more time canoeing, you will also find special areas that draw you back again and again.
I have been blessed to have paddled in both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans and many places across America. I have logged thousands of river miles and have enjoyed pristine lake canoeing at elevations above 10,000′.
One of my favorite experiences is paddling the Snake River near Jackson Hole, Wyoming. You can’t beat the views of the Majestic Tetons as you float by. The river is mostly wide and flat (class I and II) but it can be technical in a few places.
There are some log jams and strainers which can be avoided by an experienced paddler. If you are a novice, I would recommend a rafting experience provided by one of the local companies. My favorite is Teton Whitewater.
While you’re in the area, be sure to visit Jenny Lake. This beautiful gem of a lake in Teton National Park is beyond spectacular! Seriously, it’s worth the drive just to put your canoe on this water.
Paddling the Mangroves near Tampa Bay, Florida was a real treat. It required a bit of maneuvering which was a lot of fun. There are paddling paths clearly marked to show you where to go. Any novice paddler will enjoy this experience.
When in Orange County, California we paddled around Newport Harbor many times. It was a great way to explore the harbor and have an up close view of the great variety of boats and yachts docked there.
The high mountain lakes of the Uinta Mountains in Utah provide a spectacular paddling experience. Generally there are no crowds and the clean air and great fishing should make this an item on your bucket list!
Canoeing the inner harbors around Seattle is a must do experience. Mild weather and great views await you. Be sure to take some rain gear along because, well, it is Seattle!
Well, there’s a few of my favorites. You can learn canoeing and other outdoor skills at our videos here. I hope your list is a long, happy one filled with memories. It’s never too late to get out there and make more memories!