Best Places for Kayak Fishing in the United States (50 States)

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Kayaking is an activity that tests your whole body, along with your skills to sustain energy and show quick wit.

But combine kayaking and fishing – what do you get?

You get a unique sports activity that makes an exciting trip even more exciting than you anticipated.

The most important part of kayak fishing includes sensational destinations.

No doubts, the United States have breath-taking and captivating places to explore the gratifying reality of kayak fishing.

Now, let’s explore the whole of America and reel in the best Kayak fishing areas. 

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Sipsey River

Although the Sipsey River is an easy float, there is one exception. The river has a 100-yard dash halfway the trip in the river and you will get extremely wet or tip.

The river is best for kayaking during the winter, so bring extra clothes, gloves, shoes, socks when you come. It is advisable to bring a life jacket for the 100-yard dash, just in case.

The river also features several species of freshwater and sport fishes including shiners, darters, shad, and more.

Another good fishing spot in Alabama is the Black Warrior River.




Kenai River

It is one of the world’s most popular spot for kayak fishing. The river flows from Coopers Landing down to Cook Inlet.

From the Coopers Landing, you will have a class 1 rapid, the rapid is then followed by 3 miles of class II rapid. Coming next after this is a wave train called Schooner Bend. After paddling past the Schooner Bend, you will have 4 miles of class I rapid then you get to the Jims Landing where lots of wildlife are waiting for your gaze.

Past Jims Landing is a class III Canyon. Running this canyon means you have a boat shuttle arranged. There are places around that provide shuttling services and other kayak equipment needed.

Kenai River is known for fish species like Rainbow Trout, Dolly Varden and in June, its king salmon, using very large in size. The largest king salmon was caught in Kenai River and weighed 97.4 lbs.

Other kayaking spots are Seward/ Resurrection Bay, Ketchikan, Valdez, Homer, and so much more.

Seward / Resurrection Bay

Almost all species of salmons are found here including Chinook salmon, Coho salmon, sockeye salmon. The scenery is beautiful with camping spots and snow covered peak.


This is the Salmon Capital of the world. For salmon and halibut charters fishing, Ketchikan is your plug.




Blue Ridge Reservoir

Blue Ridge has a spectacular view with a low water level that is fun and easy to kayak. The lake is more like a river, deep in a canyon with interesting turns and twists.

The lake is about 9 miles of calm water long with vibrant wildlife scenery like bears, eagles, deer, etc. It takes about 3 hours to navigate the length of the river.

Motorized vehicles with engines over 10hp are not allowed so it is important to take note. It is also recommended to come early or very late in the day especially during the summer because the place is usually filled up and with ample parking space.

Lower Salt River

This is a very great place for beginner kayakers. The water is smooth, cool and the scenery is picturesque.

Lone Rock Canyon

The view here is very beautiful and be sure to experience a memorable kayak fishing. The water is a good spot for fishing and it’s surrounded by beaches for walks.




White River

This is a perfect destination for trout fishing. Apart from trout, the river has diverse fishes including smallmouth bass and bream. The White River hosts lots of fishermen and recreational fisher, especially during the summer.

This river is great for experienced kayakers as there are lots of shallow area and some rock or tree protrusions.  Other than a Arkansas fishing license and a trout stamp, there is no money required to gain access to the river.

Little Red River

Another river famous for trout is the little red river. A perfect location for fly fishing as thousands of trout is stocked there every year.

DeGray Lake

Although this is a man-made water body, the fishing spot contains different species of bass and catfish.

Lake Ouachita

The water is clean which earned it the name Diamond Lake. The lake is stocked with several fishes like bass, bream, catfish, rainbow trout etc.




Channel Islands National Park

The Channels Island is a huge island with 8 other islands within.  They are Ancapa, Santa Catalina, San Miguel, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, San Clemente, San Nicolas and Santa Babara.

Kayaking is popular at the Santa Cruz Island with organized kayaking tours with the Island’s company between June and August.

To have full experience here, it is best to stay within the camp and arrange for transportation with the company. They offer guide kayakers which make the experience easier and more adventurous, especially for beginners.

The water is crystal clear making it very easy to fish. The island is home to diverse fishes like whale, dolphin, yellowtail, calico, white-sea bass, lobster, halibut and many more.

Clear Lake

Clear Lake is one of the largest natural freshwater lakes in California. Wonderful kayak fishing can be experienced here with the sheltered shore of the lake and the diverse species of fishes especially Bass.

Mendocino County

Fishing is best here during spring and fall. It has a large population of rockfish, lincod, Chinook salmon, halibut, albacore and crap.




Navajo Reservoir

The sight is spectacular and the reservoir is huge, ideal for kayak fishing. The Navajo reservoir eastern quarters is in Colorado with a vast majority of its extending water in New Mexico.  The river is usually filled with lots of people all year round.

Fish species present are Rainbow trout, largemouth bass, yellow perch, kokanee salmon Crappie, and so on. The water is very deep with a volume of about 15,000 acres and 35 miles long. Kayak equipment rentals are available with campground and parking systems to make the stay easier.

Pueblo Lake

This Lake offers recreational fishing. The lake is over 4,600 surface acres of water, 60 miles of shoreline and an extensive area for sightseeing, boating and camping.

Bear Creek Lake

The species of fish include catfish, bluegill, largemouth bass, panfish, black crappie etc. The lake also offers handicapped-accessible pier. A fishing licence is required for 16-year-olds and above.




Lake Zoar

Lake Zoar is a 910-acre calm water with 23 miles of shorelines to explore. The river is bluish green in appearance and is filled with catfish, bluegill, walleye, yellow perch, northern pike, brook, rainbow trout and much more species of fishes.

It is best to go kayak fishing in the fall as the park is especially crowded during summertime with jetskiers, paddlers and boaters which make the place very loud. In winter, the temperature drops and the lake may be dangerous for kayaking.

Nehantic State Forest

Great place for beginners kayakers. However, it is necessary to bring your kayak to the place as rental facilities are not available.

Kent Falls State Park

The scenery is beautiful with cascading waterfalls. Fishing is done in streams leading to the waterfall.




Killens Pond

Killens pond is a milli-pond of 66 acres, it is never overpopulated. Boat facilities, shore access and kayak equipment rentals are available.

It is one of the best fishing locations in Delaware. It offers relaxing kayaking with a large amount of largemouth bass and diverse fishes like catfish, carp, perch, pickerel, and so on.

Also available are boat launch facilities, shore access, and cabins for those who want to extend their fishing trip.

White Clay Creek

This place provides enough of game fish like crappie, rainbow and brown trout, largemouth bass, and more. The trout fishing season runs from the first Saturday in April through the end of June.

Indian River Marina

This is one of the best fishing places in Delaware. It offers both offshore and inshore fishing. They also hold fishing tournaments.



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Indian River Lagoon

The Indian River Lagoon is indeed remarkable! From its unique terrestrial location to its warm and torrid ecosystem, kayakers will love the voyage here.  The lagoon is shallow with 156 miles long and a host of several aquatic and wildlife.

It includes simple access to the best fishing area and a vast variety of fishing spots. Famous for large snook, the lagoon is generally acclaimed to provide the world-record marked sea fish weighing over 17 pounds.

Martin County Stuart

This place offers inshore and offshore fishing. There’s a wide range of species but depends on the season of the year.

Palm Beach County

Palm Beach County is best for fishing all year round no matter the season. Here, you’ll find species of fish such as bluefish, pompano, sharks, tarpon, and more.

Delray Beach

Here’s an amazing plug for kayak fishing all year round.Peacock Bass fishing is great in winter. Mullets in fall and spring. Tarpon and Snook in summer.




Altamaha River

This is Georgia’s biggest river, 135 miles long, also known as Georgia’s Amazon because of its abundance of wildlife.

It is home to many diverse species like dolphins and craps.

Kayak rentals and guides are also available all through the year and no fee is required to access the river.

Chattahoochee River

Different species like trout, bass, catfish available all year round. A fishing license is required for people of ages 16 to 64 for residents. For non-resident anglers 16 and above must have a trout stamp.

Fort Yargo State Park

This park has a lake convenient for kayaking. Kayak instructors and classes available to maximize the experience.




Kona Coast

Hawaii has abundant things to offer, and kayak fishing is on its top list! Experiencing the excitement of kayak fishing on this coast brings happiness.

With the Ocean off the west side and the blue water close to the coast, the area is a kayak anglers’ dream. Most enthusiasts prefer Kona Coast because big fishes hide here; you can catch some big gray snapper and tuna.

Napali Coast

This is a secluded spot perfect for kayaking. It includes beautiful scenery with ice-cold waterfalls, valleys, and secluded beaches.Fishing is only available during summer.

Kealakekua Bay

You need a permit before kayaking. Also, it includes several fishing spots and aquatic species including dolphins and yellow fins.



Pack River

This river is located in Northern Idaho and it’s about 40 miles long. Most of the shores are owned by private individuals but kayakers can play in the upper river. Motorized watercrafts above Highway 200 Bridge are not allowed to protect the environment. There are various species of fish in the river including kokanee, salmon, bull and brook trout, sturgeon, etc.

However, there are rules and regulations guiding the number of fishes of each species you can catch. For instance, it is illegal to fish sturgeon and brook trout limit is 25.

Clark Fork River

Beautiful scenery and calm water, perfect for kayaking. However, the river only opens from April through September.

Snake River

Offers kayaking for people of any age, children are allowed if an adult is present to watch over.



Chicago River

The scenes are breathtaking and it’s a good place for beginner kayakers. Yes, includes fishing opportunities where simple bites for largemouth bass, brown trout, mountain whitefish, yellow perch, northern pike, and kokanee are addictive. It is better to kayak with guides especially when going through the busy parts of the river except of course you’re an experienced kayaker.

Argyle Lake State Park

This lake has diverse aquatic lives including turtle and kingfisher and the serenity will silence you.



Lake Monroe

Lake Monroe is a calm and peaceful lake of 9406 acres of premier fishing with several spaces for kayakers. The artistic beauty of this lake will still be on edge. Indeed, it’s the best place for trout fishing. So make sure you get those bobbers ready! Always wear a life jacket while paddling and it is best to avoid kayaking after heavy rain. Rental shops are available for kayak fishing equipment.

Sugar Creek

The sugar creek provides several kayaking opportunities with offered guides and rental options.



Terry True-blood Recreation Area

The lake is about 95 acres and contains fishes like brook trout or walleye. The lake features an accessible parking space, kayak rental shops, and a sandy beach area!

The Upper Iowa River

The 300-foot-tall limestone cliffs make the river unlike anything else. It is best to come camping to fully enjoy kayaking.

Charles City Whitewater Park

This is a safe kayaking space suitable to explore without danger that comes with a natural river.



Kansas River

The Kansas River offers about 173 miles of paddling through a beautiful landscape. It’s filled with a beautiful view, and various fish species would land in your hooks. Get ready to reel in some speckled trout, redfish, flounder, and crappie.

Fleming Park

The Fleming Park is perfect for kayaking all year long with different species of fishes.

Missouri River

This is North America longest river. They offer kayaking through all seasons including winter.



Kentucky River

The river is small with calm waters and little depth of 10-15 deep. It provides kayakers with the opportunity to fish various fish species including channel catfish, smallmouth bass, muskellunge, etc. The rapids are up to class II and the creek is up to 23 miles long.

Little River Kayaks

They provide training for beginners so no need to worry if you are starting out.



Lake Martin

This 800 acres lake flat water is surrounded by dense forest and cypress swap terrain that makes kayaking exciting. There is a kayak launch and a boat launch available at the lake. It is accessible to all without a fee. Kayak rentals and accommodation are available for people who want an extended stay.

Lake Martin is home to egrets, frogs, alligators and be sure to have wonderful kayaking while observing the swamp and eco-friendly environment.

Atchafalaya River

A suitable park for kayaking, the fishes found here include craps, turtles. The water current is mild and you can paddle for at least 6 miles.

Sabine Island

The island has many waterways and lakes for kayaking. It is easy to get lost here while exploring so one has to pay attention when kayaking.



Ogunquit’s Tidal River

This river flows to and from the ocean right pass The Dunes. Its maze-like estuaries lead right to the Atlantic Ocean. You have almost 10 miles of water to travel on and you can paddle both ways.  They offer guides and chart to help plan your trip. Ogunquit River is only opened during the high tide cycle. Therefore before planning a trip, you will need to check the chart for daily high tide.

Rachel Carson Wildlife

Breath-taking views with fishing opportunities. The terrain can get quite marshy so it is best to know the tides.

Biddleford Pool

The pool has water at all level of tide. Sometimes the currents can be very strong so it’s best to plan the trip with the tide.



Youghiogheny River

Although most of the water flows through private lands, there is public access to kayakers.

The area of the Upper River features class 3 to 5 white water rapids, so only experienced kayakers should attempt paddling through.

The Youghiogheny River features varieties of fishes like trout, walleye, pike, crappie and lots of smallmouth bass.

The river is 2,800 acres, the water level always fluctuates but its average depth is 54ft and its maximum depth is 121ft.

Deep Creek Lake

Home to 3,900 acres of water with shorelines, they offer kayak rentals and it’s a good spot for fishing.

Dundee Creek

Great place for beginners as the water is calm and relaxed. It includes beautiful scene and wildlife such as bald eagles, herons and ospreys.



Root River

The Root is one of Minnesota’s most beautiful rivers with a stretch of flat water winding through high bluff lands and forest. Winding past quaint towns, and past dense forests, the area is a great beginning paddle. Also, you’ll be amazed by the rugged beauty of the driftless area.

It is 86 mile long with a picturesque environment that makes kayaking worth every minute. It will take about 3 hours to paddle through the length of the river and the calm waters make it perfect for beginners.

Rice Creek

The Rice Creek is fun for kayaking with swift and shallow water.



Tully Lake

Tully has two parts, the main lake and a Tully river leading to Long Pond. The 218 acres Tully Lake offers a lot of islands to explore with beautiful scenery, small mountains around and a forested shoreline.

Only small motors of 10 hp or less are allowed on the lake. Its average depth is 6.5 feet and a maximum depth of 10ft. It’s a popular kayak fishing spot with a high population of game fish like trout, pickerel, largemouth bass, bluegill, panfish, etc.

Nashua River

Nashua River has many channels and cloves with various aquatic animals including swans and herons.

East Brimfield Lake

The navigable area is about 4 miles. Be sure to enjoy kayaking through clear and clean water.



Big River

Big River is the perfect place for kayaking with slow-moving waters and fishing opportunities. Kayak fishermen enjoy fishing for bass, catfish, and sunfish. The big river is a class I river which makes it perfect for beginners and children.

Campsites are available in abundance along the river. You can kayak at any time of the year. In winter though, proper paddling clothes are recommended.

Other fishing spots include Black River, Huzzah Creek Current River, Gasconade River, etc.

Black River

While kayaking, you will spot wildlife and sand bluffs. The upper part of the river is a great spot for bass fishing.



Pine River

Kayak fishing is the main reason people come here with a class I/II water especially fly fishing. It hosts trout species like brown, brook and rainbow trout.

The water has plenty of rapid white waters perfect for kayakers seeking a challenge. Although the rapids are not considered big, the scattered rocks create a small standing wave that requires manoeuvring. This makes it a little challenging for beginner kayakers and adventurous for advanced kayakers.

AuSable River

Enjoy the beautiful scenery and wildlife while kayaking through relaxed water on an affordable budget.

Canals Of Detroit

These canals have several lakes including Fox Creek, Harbor Island, Klenk Island. You can enjoy kayaking by exploring through any of the canals.



Chunky River

Chunky River is a small river of about 12 miles and 4 feet or less. The water is wide and shallow, provides great fishing for bream, bass, and catfish.

The clear water and fishing opportunities make fishers consider it one of the best spots for fishing. There are plenty of wildlife and views to enjoy while kayaking. However, before planning a trip, it is necessary to find out about the river flow.

Black Creek

Black Creek is popular in the summer months, with perfect places for camp and rental options for kayak facilities.

Leaf River

A very large river, good for experienced kayakers as sandbars are frequent and make kayaking a little technical.



Noxon Reservoir

Popular for bass fishing, trout fishing, and Northern pike fishing. They have strict baitfish laws stating that no live baitfish should be used for fishing but dead frozen fishes are available within the area.

They hold bass fishing tournaments each spring witnessing visitors from over the state and other states like Idaho and Washington.

Blackfoot River

This river is known for high rapids. During high rapids, it is advised that only experienced kayakers should paddle through.

Big Hole River

During high tide, beginners and intermediate kayakers may not find it easy. But it offers a lot of fishing opportunities with a beauty that makes the river spectacular.



Lake McConaughy

This is the largest reservoir known in Nebraska, about 35, 700 acres of water to explore. The cool, deep water lake has several aquatic habitats holding species of fish like walleye, trout, wiper, largemouth, and smallmouth. They hold fishing tournaments all through the summer months.

To gain access to parking at this lake, you need a Nebraska State Park Permit.

Other rivers popular for kayak fishing are Platte River, Niobrara River, Sutherland Reservoir, etc.

Platte River

The Platte has many sections breaking off and re-joining at the main flow, making it a good spot to paddle and kayak.

Niobrara River

There are sections of white water interesting for kayakers. Always crowded on the weekend, so weekdays are the best time to go.


Colorado River

The Colorado River is a beautiful place well known through the United States. The area is known for its walleye, largemouth bass, striped bass, and crappie fishing. The main fishing season here is from March through November. However, it’s a bad idea to kayak in this area during the summer as the temperature of the area becomes very high.

Black Canyon

Good for beginners as there are no rapids or rock sections that may make kayaking technical. They offer guides that teach kayaking.

Lake Mead

The lake is easy to manoeuvre. If you do not own kayak equipment, the kayak Lead Mead offers a range of rental options and kayaking lessons.


New Hampshire

Squam Lake

It is the second largest lake in New Hampshire. The lake is of two parts, Big Squam of 61 miles shorelines, 6,791 acres and 6 miles long.

Little Squam is 408 acres, 2 miles long and 84 feet deep.

Both lakes host about 67 islands. The lakes are clear, clean and calm with abundance parking space.

This destination is known for its scenic environment, clear waters, beautiful view that makes kayaking worthwhile. It is known for its landlocked salmon and trout.

Lake Umbagog

The lake is shallow and it is often advised to get off the water by mid-afternoon. However, in the mornings, the water is beautiful and ideal for kayakers at all skill levels.

Suncook River

The river boasts of several islands, marshy inlets with 60 miles shoreline.


New Jersey

Cranberry Lake

Cranberry Lake offers pristine exploration for cloves and inlets. It has a reputation for its brook trout fishing as about 20,000 brook trout are stocked annually.  The navigable path of the lake is about 3 miles. A public boat launch is available here. Meanwhile, bring your own kayak while coming.

Other spots notable for fishing include Delaware River, Manasquan Reservoir, Budd Lake, etc.

Delaware River

You will count at least 7 sets of rapids through the trip, the river offers hundreds of miles of paddling.

Manasquan Reservoir

The Manasquan Reservoir is a good spot for kayaking and fishing. Rentals options are also available.


New Mexico

Rio Chama River

The scenery is classic with towering cliffs, historical sites, heavily wooded side canyons. This place has activities suitable for everybody includes kayaking, hiking and exploring dinosaur tracks. The river is 21 miles long and offers Class I and II rapids flanked by rocky slopes.

Other fishing spots in New Mexico include Quiet Waters, Rio Grande River, and so much more.

Quiet Waters

The water stretches 15 miles from Algodones to Alameda Bridge. Water current with class 1 rapids.


New York

Onondaga Lake

The Onondaga Lake offers anglers a good-venue since it has a remarkable amount of fish species. You’ll never be bored at Onondaga Lake. Make sure you get good baits like worms and corns for many panfish and carps!

Hudson River

The Hudson River offers a Beautiful and scenic view perfect for kayakers. But it’s only for those with a permit.

Brooklyn Bridge Park

For beginners, they offer lessons. You can paddle out into the bay facing the East River.


North Carolina

Merchants Millpond State Park

Millpond is 200-year-old with a scenic view and mystical nature. It is a quiet blackwater swamp.

Kayaking may be a little difficult for beginners because there are many submerged stumps and profusion of water plants that disturb paddling.

No gasoline engines are allowed on this lake. Kayak fishers will enjoy this place with bluegills, chain, pickerel, black crappie waiting for your bait and hook. Unless you are camping, everyone must be off the state park one hour before it closes.

Price Lake

They open from May to early fall. The lake is surrounded by rhododendron, mountain laurel, pines and mountains.

Lake Johnson

Open all year round with marshy wetlands that make kayaking enjoyable.


North Dakota

Fort Ransom State Park

They supply all canoeing and kayaking needs. Activities are available for everyone including kayaking, camping, horse riding etc.

The body of the river for Kayaking is called the Sheyenne River of about 5 miles long and more than hour trip.  From fly fishing of trout to walleyes to Bass, the fishing opportunity is one adventurous experience for kayakers. However, a fishing license is required before you can begin the fun. Other fun places for kayaking in this state are Red River in Fargo- Moorhead, Beaver Lake, and Cross Ranch.

Red River in Fargo-Moorhead

Red River in Fargo-Moorhead provides lots of water-based fun, from fishing to kayaking. They host river paddling excursions throughout the summer.



Hocking River

The Hocking River is one of the best places to kayak in Ohio. It boasts an impressive amount of freshwater fishes like smallmouth bass, white crappie, quillback, sauger, etc. The river is 102 miles long, 4 feet deep and a class I rating, calm and easy to maneuver perfectly for first-timers and beginners.  The river is known for the low and slow current so it is important to know the level of water current to confirm if it is ideal for kayaking before planning your trip.

Mohican River

Mohican River is a slow moving river that makes kayaking enjoyable while surrounded by beautiful scenery.

Lake Erie

It is necessary to consider the weather before heading here. The sea conditions change quickly and the area can become choppy.



Illinois River Oklahoma

They have more than 10 resorts and launching locations with different levels of water.

The river is navigable for about 57 miles with natural flatwater that is suitable for people of all skill levels. They offer excellent fishing environment and river for catfish, rainbow trout, bass, strippers, and other fishes. Several records have been set in this fishing area including a 47.8 lb of striped bass and rainbow trout.

Accommodations, kayak rentals are available. So grab your permit and head out to the clear calm water. There are beautiful kayak fishing spots so if you plan to explore more than one, accommodation is made available for an extended stay.

Okmulgee Lake

Please yourself with flat water kayaking. Also, you will reel in some channel catfish, crappie, largemouth bass, white bass, and sunfish. Indeed, you’ll be filled with a lot of activities here!

Lower Mountain Fork River

The most popular place to kayak here is the 2-mile loop in the Beaver Bend state park.

Lake of Arbuckles

Lake of Arbuckles offers beautiful scenery and kayaking spot. Also, it’s well maintained and ideal for family recreation.



The Willamette River

This is the largest river in Oregon, 13th largest in the US with many species of fish and gorgeous scenery.  The river is 187 miles, about 10 ft deep and a volume of 11,478 sq mi.

Kayaking is the popular reason people troop to this river. During the spring months, be sure to get some Chinook Salmon on your hook. Shad, smallmouth bass are also popular catches in this river.

Cascade Lakes

The landscape, beauty, glaciers and volcanoes make it a fun way to enjoy kayaking.

Oregon’s First Whitewater Surf Park

This is a new park that opened on the Deschutes River with an impassable river for kayakers and cool serene environment.



Marsh Creek Lake

Barely a 30 minutes drive to Philadelphia, this kayak fishing spot is famous for the largest largemouth fishing in Pennsylvania! In actuality, the authorities of Pennsylvania tagged them as “Big Bass Lake.”

There are no dull moments in Pennsylvania since its home to growing populations of catfish, trophy tiger muskie, walleye, and a lot of panfish.

Lehigh River

The river flows with class I, II and III rapids pushing through valleys. The river is appealing to kayakers because waters flow through Pennsylvania Scenic River.

Three Rivers Water Trail

This is popular amongst kayakers and permits are not required before kayaking.

Schuylkill River

The river runs through a length of 128 miles with beautiful historical and cultural landmarks. They offer kayaking tours and organize events for kayakers.


Rhode Island

Wood River

The length of the river is long, more than 15 miles of winding waterways with several dams that may be difficult for beginners.

Aside from its difficulty, it is a calm, beautiful place to kayak through an aesthetically pleasing surrounding. Many fishers visit this place to catch bonito, big stripers, bluefish, trout and more. Wood River is stocked annually. Fishing licenses are required to gain access.

Napatree Point, Blackstone River, Ninigret pond are also popular akayak fishing spots in the state.

Napatree Point

Available are semi-protected waters perfect for beginners and kayakers trying to have a view of the open Atlantic.

Blackstone River

This used to be a polluted river with no wildlife but after many years of restructuring, it is filled with wildlife and clean canals for kayaking.


South Carolina

Congaree National Park

Congaree National Park provides a free guided tour to experience kayaking to the fullest. Rich in different wildlife, the Potomac River is the best paddling destination. Enjoy the calm habitat which has a several access point in the river. No fee required but a valid South Carolina fishing license is.

They have a few regulations like amphibians, fish eggs and minnows are prohibited for use as bait. Boats propelled by an inboard/outboard motors are not allowed, the bag limit for daily catches must also not be exceeded. Other fishing spots include Warwoman Creek and Chattooga National Wild and Scenic River etc.

Warwoman Creek

The creek includes Class III rapids, a good creek about 4 miles long and 100 feet deep. The creek is appropriate for intermediates and experienced kayakers.


South Dakota

Big Sioux River

Has a good water level in springs and summer, there are dangerous dams. It is important to locate dams before setting out to kayak. It includes 62 miles of flat water paddling on slow current water that can take about 4 hours to complete. During the winter months, the river freezes up completely so the best time to kayak here is during Spring and Summer when the flow springs up. Any watercraft over 12ft length is required to be registered before they are allowed on the river.

Split Rock Creek

Can be hazardous for non-experienced kayakers, the stream is 8 miles long and 130 feet deep. It is one of North Dakota’s best streams for white waters enthusiasts.

Roy Lake Resort

2000 acres water body about 8 miles long. It’s a popular fishing spots that offer fishing trips guides and rentals.



Brazos River

It is one of the longest rivers in America with the miles ranging to 840 miles. It starts in New Mexico runs through Texas to the Gulf of Mexico. Bass is the popular gamefish here with an abundance of catfish, largemouth and spotted bass, trout, and carp.

Watch out for the wind and temperature before planning your trip because the temperature can get over a hundred and the strong wind may be awful for kayaking.

Also, beginners should take kayaking lessons or come with a tour guide before attempting to kayak here. Other fishing spots in the state include Guadalupe River and Lower Colorado River.

Guadalupe River

From beautiful scenery to class III rapids, kayakers of any skill level will enjoy here.



Caney Fork Watershed

Caney Fork Watershed is another excellent place for kayak fishing in the US! It includes streams and rivers, which offers a lot of resources to explore. With over 140 miles of clear water between Knoxville and Nashville, this is a great area for kayakers and canoe.



Red Fleet State Park

The Red Fleet State Park has picturesque scenery with a 750 acres reservoir. The reservoir offers everything from fishing to kayaking to hiking and dinosaur-tracking. The lake is a prime fishing spot stocked adequately through the year. Including winter, Red Fleet State Park is opened all year round.

Common fish species found here are sunfish, largemouth bass, bluegill, and rainbow trout.

Mirror Lake

The mirror lake is a popular fishing destination with several fish species including rainbow, brook, and more.

Green River

730 miles long with a flowing river that may need using GPS or map while kayaking to avoiding being too down the stream.



Lone Rock Point

This is very good during the summer months, with beautiful scenery and activities for outdoor enthusiasts.

Lone Rock point is a shallow canyon suitable for kayakers of all experience levels, kayak equipment rentals are available within the park and it’s open from February to October.

However, children below 5-year-old are not allowed.

Some other notable kayak fishing spots are Clyde River, Somerset Reservoir, Green River Reservoir State Park, etc.

Clyde River

Kayak, canoe, paddling point and all kinds of rentals are readily available. Guided excursions and tours are also the services they offer.

Somerset Reservoir

Somerset Reservoir is a wonderful place with a great area for kayaking, swimming, mountain biking etc. they also free camping for extended stays.



Gauley River

The Gauley River is about 105 miles long and nestled in a secluded area. So prepare to scramble, hike, and paddle. The river contains many fish species and it’s an excellent place for trout fishing.

So you must come along with good baits for big walleyes, smallmouth bass, and muskies. If you are a licensed angler with water rafting abilities, then get set for a challenging journey since you can float downriver by boat where a lot of fishes grow.

Flannagan Reservoir

Flannagan Reservoir features 1,143 acres of lake with rich scenery, deep waters and coves that’s perfect for kayaking.

Smith River

The Smith River is perfect for beginner kayakers. Yet, the flow of water can be unpredictable from calm waters to more challenging waters.



Lake Chelan

There are several reasons to visit Lake Chelan. I’ll tell you why. The Lake Chelan is 50.5 miles of a lake inundated by vineyard and mountains.

It offers several activities, and kayak fishing is something that you’ll enjoy. Recognized for its world-class fishing, it delivers 500,000 Kokanee and 10,000 Cutthroat bustling into the Lake.

Lake Washington

The lake is between Seattle and Bellevue thus its easy accessibility. There are several parks for kayaking. The lake is also a great place to fish from trout to bass.

Orcas Island

The Orcas Island is a great place to kayak with calm waters and wildlife including sea lions, whales, dolphins and Orcas.


West Virginia

Burnsville Lake

The lake lies on the Little Kanawha River, and it offers a lot of recreational activities. Water skiing, Kayaking, and fishing are only some of the things that sightseers come to Burnsville Lake to enjoy. What’s more, it is a great place to go picnicking, hiking, and wildlife viewing.

Further, it has 60 camping sites, including a marina that provides boat rentals. Here, you’ll learn a little about the Burnsville Lake at the Bulltown, which lies at the south-eastern part of the lake.



The Mighty Pine River

The Mighty Pine is great for a kayak trip with Upper River meanders through farmland and wildlife area. It is between the Baraboo River and Kickapoo River also in Wisconsin.

The river is Navigable; however, there are high bluffs along the river that may be difficult to maneuver. Kayaking will take more than 3 hours with soft water current and wind that makes it fun.

Wisconsin River

The state’s longest river covering 430 miles. It includes different paddling areas such as Oneida County and Stevens Point Area.

Flambeau River

This is north of Wisconsin River with great paddling stretches, great scenery surrounded by wild Flambeau.



Snake River

The Snake River is a beautiful whitewater. Kayakers will travel through scenic settings while navigating a couple of rapids. Snake River is specifically for advanced kayakers. Permits are only required for large groups of 15 and more. Other spots good for kayak fishing are Grand Teton National Park, and Jackson Lake.

Grand Teton National Park

It is obligatory to get a permit at the park headquarters before getting access. The lake is known for sudden wind and waves and suitable for experienced kayakers.

Jackson Lake

Winds and waves are common so special precaution is required at this site. The views are beautiful and it is opened from June-September.

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