Such experience does not require days of travel to get to the river, nor the commitment to multiple days on the water. We are all busy, and often find it tough to plan a river trip that requires a day of travel to the river and back home.
Most of us are fortunate to be able to find awesome scenery, fresh air and as much splashing and exercise as we choose. if you are within an hour of a boatable, accessible river, lake or coast, you are within two hours of a put-in time and assurance you can be home for the evening news. If you live in a city, chances are there are multiple options for getting on the water with an outfitter or on your own.
New York? The East, Delaware, Mongaup, and Hudson Rivers offer easy day trips.
Detroit? Join thousand of your neighbors who enjoy the nearby Huron River each year.
Oklahoma City? The Oklahoma River is now home to USA Canoe and Kayak and has become a hub for those new to paddling as well as training and competition.
Reno? The reinvention of the city in the early 2000s was catalyzed by re-engineering the Truckee River, now host to tubes, kayaks, and inflatables all summer long.
Mobile? It’s famous bay has been home to boats, paddling and fishing from john boats, and stand up fishing boats for decades. Kayak fishing and Stand Up Paddling are as alive and well in this area as anywhere in the U.S.
Now, before your expectations climb out of reach, you may not find a broad variety of options close by, but there are probably more than you’d think. In addition, the trend of finding recreational water near densely populated areas may be bringing new options to you soon. Recent river restoration in Columbus, Georgia(a) is revitalizing its downtown. The removal of dams on the Elwha(b) and Sandy(c) Rivers in Oregon that no longer served their original purpose has restored habitat for critters and created recreation opportunities for residents. Dam removal plans will restore rapids to a city whose name deserves them: Grand Rapids, Michigan(d).
Try our outfitter search service to find one of our members who is just waiting to introduce you a day trip that may well create memories of a lifetime.
This article links to the following sources:
(a)Uptown Columbus – http://visitcolumbusga.com/outside/conquer_the_outside
(b)National Park Service – http://www.nps.gov/olym/naturescience/elwha-ecosystem-restoration.htm
(c)National Geographic – http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/news/us-condit-dam-breach-vin
(d)Michigan Public Radio – http://michiganradio.org/term/dam-removal