Kayaking can be a fun and relaxing activity on the ocean, rivers, and lakes. However, it is important to have safety in mind when paddling and always wear a PFD (personal flotation device) at all times. In addition, kayaking is not a great idea for people with a history of back problems or anyone who has difficulty staying upright on the water.
From paddling around New York City to the calm rivers and lakes of Upstate New York, there are plenty of options for kayakers of all skill levels. New York State boasts numerous waterways and state parks, so there is sure to be an ideal location for kayaking near you.
Beaver Lake Nature Center in Baldwinsville is a great place for beginners to learn how to kayak on calm, flat waters in a wildlife preserve. The park also has a visitor center and nature trails. The Moose River Plains is another popular kayaking destination with a wide variety of wildlife and natural scenery to explore. The area also includes several ponds and the Ausable River, which offers scenic views of the Adirondack Mountains and is suitable for kayak fishing.
Kayaks can be rented at several locations across Long Island, including the Treasure Cove Resort Marina in West Babylon. The facility offers in-season canoe and kayak rental on a first come, first serve basis. Kayak rental rates start at $15 per hour, or you can rent by the day.