Paddle Your Way Through These Top Kayaking Spots

If you’re reading this, you probably see a kayak the way we do—like a gigantic best friend, always ready for an adventure. Whether you’re a paddle pro or a newbie with a shiny new kayak, we’ve rounded up some of the best spots to dip your paddle across North America. Get ready for a splash of fun, a sprinkle of adventure. Let’s hit the water!

A man holding a fish in his kayak on the Holston River near Mini Mall Storage

Holston River & Warriors’ Path

If you’re in Kingsport, TN, and haven’t paddled down the Holston River, you’re missing out! Locals say the best time to hit the water is early morning when the mist is still rising off the river, giving you a magical, some might say otherworldly, experience. Plus, the river offers a nice mix of calm stretches for a leisurely paddle and some more challenging sections to get your adrenaline pumping. And don’t forget Warriors’ Path State Park—it’s like paddling through a postcard, with pretty views and wildlife sightings. Whether you canoe, kayak, or SUP, bring your fishing gear, as this river is known for its bass.

A woman kayaking on Licking River in Ohio

Licking River & Alum Creek

Ohio might be known for its cornfields, but the Licking River is a kayaker’s dream. After a session on the water, enjoy a picnic break on one of the small islands surrounding the river. Calm, sunny, and peaceful, it’s perfect for a relaxing day on the water. For those who like a bit more action, a trip to Alum Creek is well worth it. Folks rave about the opportunity to kayak, paddleboard, or test their balance on a SUP. If you’re lucky, you might even glimpse a playful otter, making it a prime spot for nature enthusiasts.

A man kayaking on Boone Lake in Piney Flats, TN

Boone Lake and Watauga River

Boone Lake in Piney Flats, TN, makes you want to leave your phone in the car and soak up reality—rare, we know! Sunset paddles or fishing trips with friends are nothing short of magical on the massive reservoir. The nearby Watauga River offers a mix of rapids and relaxed water, great for when you want to challenge yourself a bit, then float lazily and let the current do the work. Remember to bring your fishing gear for some excellent trout fishing here, too!

A woman kayaking in Cedar Lake

Cedar Lake

Cedar Lake is the go-to spot in Indiana for a reason. Its wide-open spaces and predictable waters are perfect for a day of paddling. Even if you’d rather stay dry, the lake offers 500 acres of lakeshore, so friends can easily relax in the gazebo or hit the water.

Cedar Lake is actually so nice we need to mention it twice! Over in Ontario, Cedar Lake offers an epic paddling experience with crystal-clear waters and lush surrounding forest. Known for some of the best fishing in Northwest Ontario, it’s a prime spot to catch walleye and northern pike. 

Two people enjoying the day kayaking on the St. Lawrence River

St. Lawrence River and Long Sault Parkway

Speaking of Ontario, we should stick around for more fantastic Canadian water. The St. Lawrence River is a pretty place to paddle, and it has quite a bit of history. You might hear tales of old shipwrecks and the importance of this commercial waterway as you cruise by a local. It’s clear waters and rich past are like kayaking through a living museum. The Long Sault Parkway is another must-visit. This series of eleven islands connected by bridges offers a unique paddling opportunity, though not for the faint of heart. A round trip will take you over 22km! 

A person kayaking on the Bowron Lake

Bowron Lake and Cowichan Bay

For those seeking a real wilderness adventure, Bowron Lake in British Columbia is it. Known for its unbeatable mountain backdrop and clear waters, it’s part of the Bowron Lake Provincial Park’s canoe circuit. We recommend planning a multi-day trip to fully immerse yourself in the area’s beauty. Keep your eyes peeled for moose and black bears—they’re frequent visitors! Pack your camping gear and make it an extended outdoor adventure if you can.

If you’re feeling too beginner for backcountry, Cowichan Bay near Cobble Hill is an ideal spot for new kayakers. The calm waters and access to an exit offer a more enjoyable paddling experience, perfect for those trying out the sport.

Storing Your Outdoor Gear Safely

After conquering these waters, you’ll need a safe place to store your kayak and gear. Mini Mall Storage has locations across North America, providing secure and convenient storage solutions. Whether it’s off-season or you need a handy location near your favorite kayaking spot, we’ve got you covered. Keep your equipment safe and sound, so it’s ready for your next adventure.

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