Kayaking Near Me – Map of The Best Kayaking Spots
Whether you just want to take up kayaking or are an experienced paddler who has moved to a new location, you’d want to know about the kayaking locations near you. Finding a kayaking spot can be very easy or difficult depending on the popularity of padding or the waterways in your area.
The aim of this article is to make finding the kayaking spots easy so I’ll be providing you with resources and tips to help you locate amazing kayaking locations near you. Here we go.
How To Use The Map?
The interactive map above is courtesy of paddling.com and has become an invaluable resource for paddlers to find kayaking spots near them. You’ll also get additional necessary information like how to get to the kayaking spots, where to park your car (parking situations at the location, safety information, as well as whether there are any fees). Information about the water body will also be provided.
The red spots on the map indicate kayaking locations. You’ll need to allow the map access to your location to show the nearest paddling spots in your location. You can also select another location to see kayaking spots you can visit sometime in the future. So, the map isn’t just about finding kayaking spots near you but kayaking spots around the world.
You’ll also find magnifying glasses when moving around the map and clicking on the magnifying glasses will provide more detailed information about the kayaking spots.
What Information Can I Get From This Map?
The interactive map provides detailed information about each spot. On selecting a spot, you get information about the description of the spot, location, and directions to get there including coordinates and driving directions.
Information about amenities is also available. You can find out if there’s a launch spot, whether there is paid or free parking, campsites, wheelchair accessible, seasonal or year-round bathroom, drinking water, food available, and so on.
Contributing To The Map
The interactive map is completely free as it is made for the paddling community by the paddling community. The reason why the map is able to provide information about different kayaking spots around the world is that paddlers contribute to the map by adding new kayaking spots and providing information about the spots.
Currently, the map has over 48,000 kayaking spots around the world. Yet, the paddling community is counting on all paddlers, including yourself, to improve this map. If there’s a new kayaking spot you discover isn’t on the map, you can add the spot to the map.
There’s a feature called ‘Add your trip’ which allows you to provide information about your trip to a kayaking spot on the map. The aim here is to improve the kayaking experience for paddlers who would travel to the spot in the future by providing information about water conditions, water quality, and whether there was whitewater.
You can also provide information about the scenery around you and whether you encountered any wildlife on your trip.
What Kind of Kayak Spots Can I Find on This Map?
Kayak spots that you can find on the map include:
Lakes To Kayak Near Me
Lakes are fantastic kayaking spots for beginners as the calm water conditions make it easy for them to paddle and perfect their technique. Paddling on rivers or the ocean tends to be more challenging for beginner paddlers who are yet to master the basics of the sport.
You can check the interactive map above for calm lakes in a sheltered spot if you are new to kayaking. Paddling on a lake is generally easy unless there’s a strong wind that interferes with the maneuverability of your vessel.
Rivers To Kayak Near Me
River conditions offer a greater challenge than kayaking on a lake. The thing about rivers is that river conditions aren’t always the same. In fact, conditions on a river can be different at different spots with the water faster in some sports than the others.
As a beginner paddler, you should paddle on gentle or slow moving rivers as the water conditions will allow you to maneuver your kayak more easily. As you gain more experience and confidence, you can move to faster flowing river conditions.
If you are in the US, there are several designated water trails where you paddle along a specific route of a river. Also, you’ll find campgrounds along the trail where you can always stop for a rest. I’ve seen eating and drinking spots along water trails too.
You can use the map to find rivers near you and find out more information about those rivers.
Ocean / Coastal Kayaking Near Me
Ocean kayaking tends to be fun and special. However, there are things you should know before heading out into the open waters. For one, you should always wear a life jacket, choose an appropriate ocean or sea kayak, and choose a calm day to avoid being blown off course by the wind or current.
As you’d expect, there are several ocean kayaking spots on the map. Some spots are at beaches which is an ideal place for paddlers to get introduced to ocean kayaking especially in the summer months and using a sit-on-top kayak.
Apart from beaches, you can also find access points for ocean bays on the map.
Whitewater Kayaking Near Me
Flatwater kayaking is easy and the starting point for every paddler. However, if you get bored of paddling on flat water or looking for something to get your blood pumping, you can take the next step into the action-packed world of whitewater kayaking.
You need to be very comfortable and skilled at moving your body in any direction on flatwater before moving on to whitewater and you should start at the lowest class of rapids (class I) and then work your way up to Class III or IV.
There are several whitewater kayaking spots on the map and you can also add spots that you’ve visited and aren’t on the map.
More Information About Local Regulation and Access to Paddling
Paddling laws usually vary among countries and even among states in the same country. However, one can expect general paddling practices like wearing a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) while on the water and not consuming alcohol while in charge of a vessel to be consistent with most kayak laws.
In the US, each state has a department of Natural Resources that have a website where paddlers can check the local paddling laws and regulations in their areas as well as recommendations.
DNR Websites For All 50 States
There is also the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators website where you can find more information about paddling laws and regulations.
Having a resource where you can easily find kayaking locations near you or in any location you intend to visit is something that can always come in handy. I also like that you can find reviews and reliable information about different kayaking spots from paddlers that have visited the spots.
I think it’ll be a good gesture if you update any kayaking spot you visit with current and relevant information to help improve the map.