• Beginner paddlers should choose a small lake, not prone to big wind and waves, and stay close to shore—especially with a canoe.
  • Wear a correctly-fitted, Coast Guard certified PFD (life vest) with an attached whistle, to signal for help if needed.
  • Bring extra clothes for air temperature fluctuations and an extra canoe paddle, in case one breaks. Use a technical dry bag to store clothing and other belongings, or use a homemade version of a sealed plastic bag inside another. //

For suggestions on where to find the best lakes for swimming and paddling check out our 2018 guide by Amy S. McCaffree.

 

[Feature photo: Lake Chatcolet // Amy S. McCaffree]