Popular Kayaking Destinations

A large number of paddlers swarm to USA, Europe and Australia to make the most of their kayaking vacations. From recreational kayaking to extreme kayaking, these places have a lot to offer. Great adventures are awaiting every paddling skill level and budget.

USA Kayaking Destinations

Running through Flaming Gorge in Utah, the Green River runs fast in Desolation and Gray Canyon and slows down relatively near Labyrinth Canyon. Thus, while extreme paddlers can experience the thrill, recreational flatwater paddlers can enjoy the scenic route.

For nature lovers, Sacramento Delta, California is highly recommended. The wetlands of Sacramento Delta are renowned for its fishing, wildlife and great locales. Of the complex waterways that run here, the undammed Cosumnes River offer eye-pleasing views to the casual flatwater paddlers. Primarily, the stretch of land owned by The Nature Conservancy is home to many songbirds and waterbirds.

The highest point in Delta, Brannan Island State Recreation Area has a reserved area only for kayakers. Powerboats are restricted here; thus allowing paddlers to wander peacefully and soak in the pleasure of untouched nature.

Tuolumne and Klamath River, California; Salmon River, Idaho; The New River, West Virginia; Rogue River, Oregon and Wyoming River, Washington are the best rivers to seek out for Extreme Whitewater Kayaking. These rivers range from Class III to Class V level and offer maximum exuberance to whitewater kayakers.

Europe Kayaking Destinations

Deep in the South of France, The Ardeche Gorge invites kayakers of all ages and skill levels. Customized multi-activity trips are available for paddlers that include overnight camping in the gorge. Similarly, along with the east coast, Nimes, Nice and St. Tropez are also well known French kayaking destinations.

Scotland, Essex and Hampshire are the UK destinations famous for kayaking. Scotland is best rated for sea kayaking. The empty beaches, uninhabited islands and the colourful wildlife attract many sea kayakers.

Australia Kayaking Destinations

The top rated rivers for whitewater kayaking in Australia are the Tully River, Cairns and the Murray River, Perth. With steep gradients and rapids ranging from Class II to Class IV, these two rivers are most frequented by extreme kayakers.

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To experience the ecological beauty and abundance of nature, the Great Barrier Reef and Eco Beach and Cape Villarette area of South Broome is the areas to be explored. Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is approximately 1400 miles long with sandy beaches and tropical rain forests that boast of many species of fishes and coral reefs.

Many kayaking tour operators combine various activities with kayaking. Hiking, cycling, excursion trips to nearby places, overnight beach camping are some of the features that the tour operators may include. Since these tours are very popular with kayakers, it is advisable to book your trip well in advance to avoid disappointment.

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