10 Kayak Trips in 2017 in the US

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#1 Texas: Brazo's River

The Brazos River is the longest river in Texas and an ideal spot for a moderate – experienced paddler. The entire trip should take you 2 to 3 days and it’s not advised for beginners as you’ll need to navigate some rapids. Read our complete guide

#2: Lake Powell Utah & Arizona

Lake Powell is on the border between Utah and Arizona. This is a much easier paddling trip and can take anywhere between 2 to 5 days. Read our complete guide.

#3 Buffalo River: Arkansas

Buffalo River has two different trips you can take; one for the more experienced paddler and one of novice or intermediates. Read our complete guide.

#4 Au Sable River: Michigan

The Au Sable River is nearly 138km long and is home to some of the best trout fishing in the world. It’ll take you 3-4 days and is suitable for intermediate level paddlers. Read our complete guide.

#5 Hocking River - Ohio

The Hocking River is a very calm river that has a depth of 3-4 ft. making it ideal for beginner-intermediate paddler’s looking to get their feet wet with an overnight kayaking trip. Read our complete guide.

#6 Allegheny River: Pennsylvania

The Allegheny River is a year round paddling destination that is generally a slower river. It does however, contain a few rapids. It’s a massive river stretching 321 miles allowing you to plan a longer journey. Read our complete guide here.

#7 Muskingum River - Ohio

Another Ohio destination, the Muskingum River is a 3 to 4 day kayak trip that is relatively easy. There are 27 entrances points allowing you the ability to make your trip varying lengths. Read our complete guide.

#8 Chattahoochee River - Georgia

The Chattahoochee River is another slow river ideal for beginners. It’s not an ideal river to cover long distances because it’s so slow, so keep this in mind when planning your trip. Read the complete guide here.

#9 Okefenokee Swamp - Georgia

If you’re looking for a different kind of kayaking trip the Okefenokee Swamp might do the trick. It’s a large swamp and certainly not your average kayaking experience. Keep an eye out for gators! Read our full guide.

#10 Cahaba River - Alabama

The Cahaba River offers reprieve from the crowds. On our list it’s probably the least well known trips and there aren’t a lot of tourists bustling about. Depending on your pace it should only take a couple of days to complete. Read our complete guide here.

#11 Icy Bay - Alaska

Icy Bay Alaska is truly one of the most beautiful places on earth. This trip is through Expedition Alaska and features 5 days of some of the most beautiful sea kayking on the planet. Icy Bay was named one National Geographic top 10 treasures of the world. For more check out this site.

#12 Mississippi River

Coming in at #12 on our list is an adventure down the great Mississippi River. And although we didn’t write a guide for it, if you’re interested check out River Gator’s Guide to the Lower Mississippi. If you’re looking for gear, our friends at Quapaw Canoe can help you out with rentals.

#13 Florida

One of the best destinations for paddling is Florida. Unlike some of the other spots on this list, it’s accessible during the fall and winter months. If you’re looking for a multi-day trip check out Paddle Florida a not for profit who’s mission is to support canoeing and kayaking in Florida. On February 11th they’ll head out to the Calusa Blueway for their next trip. If thats too soon, check out the trips that leave in March or in April.