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Fall Paddling Locations

Posted: 10.31.2014

Four great fall paddling locations!

As the leaves begin to change and the temperatures drop, canoeists know this can be the best time to get out on the water for one last paddle. Here are four locations you could put your boat in the water for a final dip of the year.

Adirondack Park

The largest state park in the US, Adirondack Park is teeming with rivers and lakes that can keep a paddler occupied for a life time. While the Saint Regis Canoe Area and Fulton Chain of Lakes are classic trips, for a short fall paddle with spectacular scenery, check out the Bog River.

Algonquin 

The ultimate canoe tripping park. Nestled in the heart of central Ontario, Algonquin offers countless adventures, including Class II-IV whitewater on the Petawawa River. The Natch cliffs (pictured here) and the striking silver maples make for an amazing trip.

Nantahala 

The crown jewel of the Smokies, the Nantahala is a beautiful Class II stream that flows through the heart of Western North Carolina. With daily releases in October, this is the perfect intro to whitewater.

Grand Canyon 

OK, so it's not the first thing that comes to mind when you think great fall canoeing, but the truth is, fall is one of the best times to be in the Big Ditch. There are less crowds, and no motor trips, and the extreme solitude is rewarding and liberating. With two weeks of big Class III-IV whitewater, amazing side hikes, and much more mild temps, there is no better time to explore the Grand Canyon than in the fall! 

Happy fall paddling!