Kayaking: More Room for Fun than You Think

19/05/2018 | Adventure | By Hunter Alexander | 0 Comments

The first time I saw someone in a kayak, I thought, no way that would be fun for me. I’m too tall to fit my legs in something like that comfortably. Especially for any length of time and especially when paddling. Still, I thought I’d give it a try one time when there was a calm lake and with no obligations to paddle out too far or stay out too long. And it was something close to a revelation. First, it was easier to move through the water and turn in the water than I had imagined. My back seemed to loosen up even as the side of my thigh and hip started to ache against the spare oar riding alongside me in the boat. There was such control and yet such proximity to the water, the shore, and all the sights, sounds, and smells of being on a lake.

It’s still not my favorite recreational activity of all time, but when I do get a chance, on a river trip or at someone’s lake house, I typically jump at the chance whether it’s a hard-sided kayak or a soft-sided ducky. Definitely worth a try for anyone who hasn’t been initiated. I haven’t been to all these places, but along with one amazing summer in Colorado, I’ve collected this list of places from the southeastern U.S. that I would recommend for kayaking.


Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center Buena Vista, CO 23850 HWY 285 S, Buena Vista, CO 81211 1 719-395-3335 http://www.rmoc.com/
Browns Canyon Rafting Buena Vista, CO 30375 US-24, Buena Vista, CO 81211 1 719-275-2890 https://raftbrownscanyon.com/
The Adventure Company Buena Vista, CO 12847 US-24, Buena Vista, CO 81211 1 800-497-7238 http://www.theadventurecompany.com/
Adventure Paddle Tours Frisco, Co 267 Marina Rd, Frisco, CO 80443 1 844-372-3353 http://www.adventurepaddletours.com/
No Worries Kayak Rental Piedmont, AL 200 AL-9, Piedmont, AL 36272 1 256-927-7102 https://www.noworrieskayakrentals.com/
Fort Hampton Outfitters Elkmont, AL 28890 AL-127, Elkmont, AL 35620 1 256-431-8988 http://www.forthamptonoutfitters.com/
Go go kayaks Gulf Shores, AL 8850 AL-180, Gulf Shores, AL 36542 1 251-540-7529 http://www.gogokayaks.com/
Ultimate Watersports at Hammerman Baltimore, MD 7200 Graces Quarters Rd, Baltimore, MD 21220 1 410-335-5352 http://www.ultimatewatersports.com/
River & Trail Outfitters Knoxville, MD 1332, 604 Valley Rd, Knoxville, MD 21758 1 301-834-9950 https://www.rivertrail.com/
Atlantic Kayak Co Indian Head, MD 108A Mattingly Ave, Indian Head, MD 20640 1 301-292-6455 http://www.atlantickayak.com/
Pocomoke River Canoe Company Snow Hill, MD 2 River St, Snow Hill, MD 21863 1 410-632-3971 http://www.pocomokerivercanoe.com/
Texas Rowing Center Austin, TX 1541 West Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX 78703 1 512-467-7799 http://www.texasrowingcenter.com/
Rowing Dock Austin, TX 2418 Stratford Dr, Austin, TX 78746 1 512-459-0999 https://www.rowingdock.com/
Rochelle’s Canoe and Kayak Rental Graford, TX 7024 North Farm Road 4, Graford, TX 76449 1 940-659-3341 http://www.rochellescanoeandkayakrental.com/
Congress Avenue Kayaks Austin, TX 74 Trinity St, Austin, TX 78701 1 512-809-8916 http://www.congresskayaks.com/
Peace Paddling LLC Austin, TX 1206 Summit Edge Dr, Austin, TX 78732 1 512-839-5510 http://peacepaddling.com/
Llano River Region Adventures Mason, TX 531 El Paso St, Mason, TX 76856 1 512-496-2020 http://headforthehillcountry.com/
The Mobile Kayak Cedar Park, TX 3300 Brushy Creek Rd, Cedar Park, TX 78613 1 512-718-1000 http://themobilekayak.com/