Best Sea Kayaking

1. Glacier Bay, Alaska
No prior kayaking experience is necessary to kayak Glacier Bay. Unlike whitewater boats, sea touring kayaks are extremely stable and easy to paddle. Many visitors to Glacier Bay have never kayaked before. However, all rental customers should be experienced outdoors people.

2. San Juan Islands, Washington

Explore the unique marine environment of the San Juan Islands of Washington State by sea kayak! San Juan Kayak Expeditions specialize in three and four day personally guided sea kayaking tours from June through September incorporating camping, kayak sailing, hiking, whale watching and birding in an expedition style.


3. The Outerbanks, North Carolina

Kayak the outerbank barrier islands including Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, Cape Hatteras National Seashore and the Kitty Hawk Maritime Forest.

4. Down East Islands, Maine

Kayak this area, and find out how wild, rugged, and wooly these islands are.  One of the few areas left on the East Coast that has honest adventuring. Some of the most rugged shoreline on the Atlantic seaboard, with hidden coves and cobble beaches awaits the adventurous kayaker.


5. Pictured Rocks Lakeshore, Michigan

Kayak miles of colorful sandstone cliffs from 50-200 feet high rise from Lake Superior's rugged shoreline and long stretches of white sand beach that invite kayakers to explore the beautiful Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

6. Prince William Sound, Alaska - When kayaking Prince William Sound and Resurrection Bay, you will experience premier ecosystems with a diversity of wildlife and habitat. Enclosed by high mountains and glaciers, and protected from the high seas by barrier islands, the area is a boater’s paradise.

7. Cumberland Island, Georgia - Cumberland Island is the premiere sea-kayaking destination in the Southeast. Paddle across a maze of tidal marsh for 12 miles to camp in the remotest part of this island, Brickhill Bluffs.


8. Atchafalaya Basin Sea Kayaking, Louisiana - The Atchafalaya Basin, the surrounding plain of the river, is filled with bayous, bald cypress swamps, and marshes that give way to more brackish conditions and end in the Spartina grass marshes, near and at where it meets the Gulf of Mexico.

9. Isle Royale Sea Kayaking, Michigan - The largest island in Lake Superior, all of which is a national park. Isle Royale is over 50 miles in length and is accompanied by multiple smaller islands, particularly on its northeast end. Isle Royale is a part of the state of Michigan and was once the site of a fishing industry and resort community. It is known for its wolf and moose populations.


10. 1000 Islands, Cocoa Beach. Florida - The Thousand Islands are a group of natural and modified mangrove islands in the Banana River Lagoon, Cocoa Beach in Brevard County, Florida. These islands are the relict shoals of a Flood Tide Delta Deposit left behind when an inlet was formed.

Places to Stay 
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Kayaking Links

Kayak - Kayaking guides to places all over the world from New Zealand to Alaska.

Canoeing and Kayaking Info - Paddling.Net - your #1 source for information on canoeing and kayaking. From Buyers' Guides for canoes, kayaks and accessories to articles, classifieds, photos, outfitters, dealers and so much more!

Kayak Online - Kayak Online is a quick and easy way to find info on kayaks, kayaking and kayak gear.

GORP Paddling: Canoeing, Kayaking and Rafting - GORP's central page for paddling resources including regional guides, advice, maps, and articles for kayaking, canoeing, and rafting.

Adventures Through Kayaking - Port Angeles, Washington. Your personal guides to sea kayaking and white water river trips, saltwater bays, Olympic peninsula lakes, rivers and Dungeness Spit. Classes, outings and tours of the Olympic Peninsula waters!

Betsie Bay Kayaks - Touring kayaks made of a lightweight marine plywood/epoxy/fiberglass composite and paddles based on Greenland Inuit designs.

Dagger Kayaks - For those of you that have not heard, Dagger is made up of the world’s most dedicated paddlers whose love for adrenaline and pursuit of excellence has propelled them and their designs to the forefront of the paddling world.  We love what we do because its all about the Water!





Kayak Magazines
Atlantic Coastal Kayaker

Boundary Waters Journal - Topics includ canoe routes, camping, fishing, resort/cabin vacations, hiking, hunting, photography, cross country skiing, wildlife, conservation and resource management, equipment field test reviews, outdoor cooking, area history, regional lifestyles and personalities, and fictional essays.

Canoe & Kayak Magazine -  Information resource for canoeing, kayaking, and the entire range of paddlesports. Articles and features include adventure paddling, destinations, equipment reviews, and paddling techniques.

EXPLORE Magazine -
explore is the award-winning Canadian magazine for people who are passionate about the outdoors and adventure. In every issue, we take you along as our greatest adventurers travel to the most remote corners of Canada and beyond. We also give you the information you need to plan your own adventures from coast to coast to coast.

Kanawa - Canada's Paddling Magazine, KANAWA is for anyone loves to paddle. Canada's rivers, lakes, wilderness areas and coasts are a paradise for canoeist's and kayakers. KANAWA is Canada's paddling magazine and the best source of information, inspiration and guidance for everyone thinking about a Canadian paddling adventure. It's also perfect for paddlers who enjoy wonderful expedition stories, great outdoor photography and discovering new possibilities for adventure sometime down the road.

Kayak Session - In the past ten years, white water kayaking has taken on a new meaning. From being a relatively unknown and obscure sport, kayaking is now on the verge of becoming one of the most popular leisure activities. There are many reasons for such a (r)evolution, but the one that stands out the most is that kayaking has finally come into its own. It's now a fun and fashionable thing to do.

Paddler Magazine - Paddler magazine is for the beginner or seasoned canoeist, whitewater kayaker, or sea rafter. Each issue is filled with exciting stories on places to paddle, skill enhancement, gear reviews, environmental issues, industry updates and profiles of leading paddlers.

Rapid Magazine -  Today, Rapid Media applies the same winning formula to whitewater, kayak touring and canoeing magazines, the Reel Paddling Film Festival, on-water events like Palmer Fest, and Internet publishing.

Sea Kayaker - An invaluable resource for novice & experienced kayakers. Every issue covers destinations, navigation of coastal and inland waters, safety, technique, and the latest in kayaks & gear. Focuses on the promotion of kayaking that insures the safety of the paddler and of the fragile marine environment.

The Paddling Connection -
The Paddling Connection contains articles regarding local trips in the tri-state region of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut along with special tips on equipment, what to expect in different locations when paddling, connections with other groups of paddlers, and general information about whatever strikes the fancy of the editor.

The Salty Dog -
Based in the spectacular Whitsunday Islands, Salty Dog Sea Kayaking has been running kayaking expeditions since 1996. Its qualified staff have an intimate knowledge of this region and enjoy nothing better than sharing this with friends and guests.

Wave~Length Paddling - WaveLength Paddling Magazine - the Free Print and Online Magazine about Kayaking, Boating and the Marine Environment.

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This listing of the best sea kayaking in the United States is constantly being revised as we experience and learn new things about different kayaking areas, So, if you feel we are missing one, please email  us and let us know!