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Sea kayaking activities (1)

Commercial courses & vacations in North America

This is a list of water trails which make it easy to arrange a self-guided vacation, plus some commercial operators who provide sea kayak tours and training. For activities outside Canada and the US see next page.

Elsewhere we list some courses on building traditional kayaks; some tours, treks, races & raids; some sea kayak meetings & symposia, and national and regional sea kayaking associations.


Kayak trails / sentiers maritimes

West coast guides & rental

East coast guides & rental

Great Lakes / inland guides & rental

United States


Alaska trails, guides & rental

Shuyak Island State Park Trails. Link here
Tongass National Forest Water Trails. Link here

California trails, guides & rental

Lake Tahoe Water Trail. www.laketahoewatertrail.org
San Francisco Bay Water Trail. www.bayaccess.org/

Carolinas trails

Beaufort Blueways. www.beaufortblueways.info
Berkeley County Blueways. www.berkeleyblueways.com
North Carolina Coastal Plain Paddle Trails. www.ncsu.edu/paddletrails

Connecticut trails, guides & rental

Connecticut Water Trails Association. www.connecticutwatertrails.com

Florida trails, guides & rental

Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail. Link here
Florida Trails Paddling Association. www.floridapaddlingtrails.com
Suwanee River Wilderness Trail. www.floridastateparks.org

Georgia guides & rental

Hawaii guides & rental

Illinois trails, guides & rental

Calumet Area Water Trails. www.openlands.org
Chicago Lake Front Water Trail. www.openlands.org
Chicago River Water Trails. www.openlands.org
Lake Michigan Water Trails. www.openlands.org
Nippersink Creek Water Trails. www.openlands.org
Northeastern Illinois Regional Water Trails. www.openlands.org
Salt Creek Water Trails. www.openlands.org

Maine trails, guides & rental

Maine Island Trail Association. www.mita.org

Maryland trails, guides & rental

Potomac River Water Trail. www.potomactrail.org

Michigan trails & guides

Hiawatha Water Trail. www.hiawathawatertrail.org

Minnesota trails & equipment

Lake Superior Water Trail. www.lswta.org
Minnesota Canoe Trails. Link here

Missouri trails

Lewis & Clark Water Trail. Link here

New York trails, guides & rental

Hudson River Water Trail Association. www.hrwa.org
Kayak & Canoe Guide to Long Island State Parks. Link here

Oregon trails, guides & rental

Coos Bay Estuary Water Trails. www.coostrails.com
Lower Columbia River Estuary Partnership. www.columbiawatertrail.org
Siuslaw Water Trail. www.siuslawwatertrail.com
Tillamook County Water Trail. www.tbnep.org

Texas guides & rental

Vermont trails & guides

Lake Champlain Paddlers' Trail. www.lakechamplaincommittee.org

Virginia trails

Seaside Water Trail. www.deq.state.va.us/coastal/seasidewatertrail or www.a-npdc.org/virginiaseasidewatertrail
Upper James River Water Trail. www.upperjamesriverwatertrail.com

Washington trails, guides & rental

Cascadia Marine Trail. www.wwta.org/trails/CMT
Lakes-to-Locks Water Trail. www.wwta.org/trails/L2L/
Northwest Discovery Water Trail. Link here
Willapa Bay Water Trail. www.wwta.org/trails/willapa_bay

Wisconsin trails & guides

Lake Michigan Water Trail. www.wildernessconnection.com/watertrail
Lake Superior Water Trail. www.nps.gov/apis/index.htm

Building traditional kayaks

The following organisations offer courses at which you can build your own skin-on-frame kayak. Click here for a list of SOF building courses in Europe.




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