There’s still over a month left of the official summer season, so you should take full advantage of this time by hitting the waters in your kayak. Don’t just limit yourself to rivers and streams, but also think about kayaking in still-water lakes. There are several unique advantages of lake kayaking, some of which may surprise you. Whether you are a newcomer to the sport, or if you’ve been doing it for years, you are sure to enjoy the relaxing environment offered by a lake or pond. Here, we’re going to reveal 3 of the top benefits of lake kayaking.
Let’s face it, kayaking in a lake or pond is much easier than trying to tackle some fast-moving river. Even if you have absolutely no previous kayaking experience, you shouldn’t have a problem staying upright on a slow lake or pond. In fact, most kayak trainers advise beginners to start on a lake. You can easily learn all of the basic maneuvers and techniques without the constant battering of rocks and waterfalls.
Of course, kayaking on a lake is also safer than attempting a river or the ocean. The biggest threat you have on a lake is other boats, but as long as you stick to the shore and use common sense you should be okay. Wearing a bright orange or yellow helmet while makes you more visible to other boaters on the lake, so don’t overlook this key piece of equipment. Whether you are kayaking on a river, lake, or the ocean, wearing a helmet will not only protect your head from damage but will also make you easier to spot. Always gear up with the appropriate safety items before attempting any form of kayaking.
3. More Relaxing
We really can’t talk about the advantages of lake kayaking without mentioning its relaxation effect. The still waters of a lake or pond will have a naturally relaxing effect on your mood. If you are stressed, overworked, or just looking to unwind, take your kayak out to the local lake or pond for an hour or so. It’s a simple yet highly effective way to reduce your stress while you get a good physical workout. There’s certainly nothing wrong with kayaking on fast rivers, but it doesn’t offer the same relaxing atmosphere as a still lake or pond. A short kayaking session on a lake will instantly reduce your stress levels.
4. More Enjoyable
One of the best advantages of kayaking on a lake is that it’s just more enjoyable. If you are new to this sport, then sitting in a calm kayak while admiring all of the local flora and fauna may be just the kind of break you need from your busy schedule. You can easily find pictures and videos online of all the amazing things you might see on a kayaking trip. If you’ve never seen an otter or beaver crossing your path while kayaking, then you should try it at least once.
5. More Wildlife
Speaking of wildlife, you can see even more of it when kayaking in a lake. Sure, the habitat may be less dense than on the river or in the forest, but your odds of spotting local deer and other animals go up significantly when you spend some time on the water. You might even get to see some swans or ducks fly overhead. If you are lucky enough, then maybe an eagle will soar overhead in search of its quarry. Don’t forget your camera!
Arthur G. Moore is a veteran paddler. He has over 10 years of whitewater kayaking experience in his kitty. When he was young, he used to love kayaking in rapid III and rapid IV but as time went on, he decided to concentrate mainly on covering long distances on a standard touring kayak. He is currently working as a senior editor for Kayak Manual.