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Kayaking in Cold Weather


Why would anyone want to kayak in colder weather?! For the hardy folks, fall or winter kayaking can lead to incredible views, less crowded areas, and an experience like no other. If you’re not afraid to paddle in minus a few degrees, you might find you truly enjoy cold weather kayaking.

Before heading out, make sure you dress properly for the lower temperatures and double-check any weather updates before you go. Beyond that, we share our best tips to prepare and enjoy cold kayaking. Learn the top tips for cold water paddling for a safe and enjoyable experience that you’ll want to share with everyone.

Kayaking in Cold Weather Tips

Follow these cold-weather kayaking tips and reap the rewards of a winter paddle!

Paddle with a Group

Solo paddling is an incredible experience. However, if you want to paddle in cold weather, it’s best to head out in a group. This way, you can work together if something were to happen. Always let someone who’s not paddling know where you plan to go and when you plan to be back.

Check the Weather

Double and triple check the weather before you head out on the water. With any kayak excursion, familiarize yourself with the area and currents. High winds are frustrating during any kayak trip, but a chance of high wind during a cold-weather trip is a reason to postpone.

Phone Batteries 

Remember that cold weather will deplete your phone battery faster than average. Bring a VHF radio or another mode of communication with just in case and be aware of your phone’s battery.

Dress in Layers

Wear several non-cotton layers of clothing to keep warm. You still need to be able to wear your Personal Flotation Device (PFD) over your clothes, so keep that in mind while you’re getting dressed. Wear a hat to keep your head warm and wear thick socks so your feet stay toasty warm.

Waterproof Gloves

Protect your hands from the cold water as you paddle by wearing waterproof gloves. Have an extra pair, or two, of gloves handy in case you need them. You don’t want your hands to get wet and cold.

Pack Snacks

You’ll burn calories faster paddling in colder temperatures, so pack a couple of extra snacks to bring with you in the kayak. Pack something easy to munch like granola or power bars, trail mix, or dried fruit. You can always bring hot tea or hot chocolate to warm up during the trip.

Bring Dry Clothes  

Bring a change of dry clothes for after your trip! Even if you don’t get wet, you’ll want to have extra dry clothes in the car in case you need them or if another kayaker in your group needs them. You might just want to get out of all your gear and put on your dry clothes to warm up after your kayak.

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