As the leaves change color, and the temperature declines, fewer
travelers are embarking on canoe voyages. However, the cooling
temperatures give the true outdoorsman the chance to save some money
(many sites do not require fishing permits
this time of year) and their pick of camp sites. Also, this gives
beginners a chance to prepare for a trip that involves a fun form of
exercise in the great outdoors while enjoying the beauty of the lake and
maybe catch their first fish! When deciding what canoe gear to pack,
evaluate your skill level, destination, length of trip and time of year.
Canoe-camping.org gives an excellent overview of what canoe gear you'll need. Make sure everything is packed in water proof bags as you never know when you may take a spill. It is important to pack for different weather conditions but remember to pack light. You most likely will be carrying everything you bring along with finding space on your canoe. Below is an overview of the essentials.
Lightweight aluminum canoe for beginners
Life Jackets which fit comfortably
Car top canoe rack like Yakima
Paddles which fit your height
Lightweight cotton work gloves (helpful for collecting fire wood)
First aid kit
Sunscreen (you burn easier on the water)
A map of the lake
Food for all meals
Dress in layers!
Long sleeve shirt
Glasses, contact lenses
Helpful Websites for Canoe Gear
Looking for a unique adventure? Check out iExplore's Yukan Canoe Expedition in Canada.
by Molly Nelson, Contributing Author