The best

for kayaking

national parks in the UsA

Are you looking for a way to explore some of our most beautiful national parks without the crowds? It’s time to trade in your hiking boots for a paddle! Here are the best national parks in the US for kayaking and canoeing.

Best time to paddle: December through April Flamingo Adventures rents single kayaks, tandem kayaks, and canoes for paddling in Coot Bay or Whitewater Bay near Flamingo.

Everglades National Park, FL

Best time to paddle: September through February A visit to Big Bend National Park is like an expedition in the last frontier. It is wild and rugged, with a few great opportunities to get out on the water.

Big Bend National Park, TX

Best time to paddle: June through September You can easily explore some of the small lakes in Acadia in an afternoon, or if you have more experience, check out the islands along the wild Atlantic Coast around Mount Desert Island. 

Acadia National Park, ME

Best time to paddle: December through April This protected area encompasses coral reefs, islands, and historic sites. It’s 95% water, which makes it a perfect destination for all types of paddling.

Biscayne Bay National Park, FL

Best time to paddle: May through June, September through October This dramatic desert landscape has been carved into three distinct areas by the Green and Colorado Rivers. 

Canyonlands national park, UT

Best time to paddle: July and August Kayaking in North Cascades National Park is a magical experience. Choose to paddle/camp on Diablo Lake, Ross Lake, or Lake Chelan. 

North Cascades National Park, WA

Best time to paddle: December through April Virgin Island Eco Tours rent kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. They also provide a variety of different tours, including kayak tours, snorkeling tours, and hiking trips. 

Virgin Islands National Park, USVI

Best time to paddle: July through September With 200,000 acres of ponds, lakes, and rivers, not to mention secluded, primitive camping, this is a paddler’s dream vacation.

Voyageurs National Park, MN

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