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               Variety and Choice on Lakes and Rivers

People from all walks of life are becoming addicted to  the sport of kayaking.  It's been an Olympic sports since 1936 and there are kayaking opportunties in every region of New York.

The people who conside themselves kayakers are as diverse as the boats they paddle and the waters they paddle in.  Some are die-hard whitewater kayakers, while others thrive on a leisurely paddle on a secluded lake.  Still others do it simply to be in the company of friends. .

Whatever drives you to kayak, one thing keep will keep you coming back. It is the indescribable feeling you get from stepping into a kayak, pushing away from shore, dipping your paddle into the water, and taking that first stroke.   As you leave your cares, problems, and stresses on the banks, you will feel yourself unwind.

Kayaking is for anybody looking for an opportunity to get out and enjoy the outdoors. In addition to being a fun, easy, and enjoyable, it is also a great low-impact workout.   But if you want a more demanding workout and rush, try a small winding river in the Catskills or some fast-moving whitewater in the Adirondacks.                            

                        Catskills Rivers

Venture down a Catskills river or through the Delaware River Valley for a great river experience just 90 minutes from New York City.  The contrast is so great that you may forget where you are and imagine you are hundreds of miles away.  Whether you just want to take a relaxing paddle in the eddy or wind your way through some rapids, kayaking has something for everyone.



                Adirondacks Kayaking  

New York's Adirondack Park contains 6.1 million acres which includes a protected Forest Preserve of approximately 2.3 million acres. The Adirondacks contains thousands of streams, brooks and lakes and is a significant canoe and kayak destination.  Needless to say, if kayaking is your sport, then the Adirondacks are the place to be.     

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                                                                                            Kayaking Basics

Kayaking is the use of a kayak for moving across water. It is distinguished from canoeing by the sitting position of the paddler and the number of blades on the paddle. A kayak is a low-to-the-water canoe-like boat in which the paddler sits facing forward, legs in front, using a double-bladed paddle to pull front-to-back on one side and then the other in rotation. Most kayaks have closed decks, although sit-on-top and inflatable kayaks are growing in popularity as well.

Because of their range and adaptability, kayaks can be useful for other outdoor activities such as diving, fishing, wilderness exploration and search and rescue during floods.   They are excellent for navigating streams, small rivers, lakes and canals.