There’s a new water sport which seems to be making a splash across the US is paddle boarding. From its founding place in Hawaii, paddle boarding is now a craze sweeping across the world.
Keauhou Bay, Kona, Hawaii
Keauhou Bay is a beautiful site with a lot of history. With a stunning harbor set into the coastline consisting of dried lava beds. There is plenty of other things to do here aside from paddle boarding, such as snorkeling and kayaking.
Heading south from the bay you will find a beautiful set of caves and cliffs, known as the “End of the World”. This spot is best to be reached by kayaking as the water towards this particular place isn’t calm.
Santa Barbara, California
Paddle boarding in Santa Barbara offers fun for the whole family. Whether you are a complete beginner or an expert this is a beautiful place to explore. Starting in the wonderful harbor you can paddle your way around the marina and see all the wildlife right underneath you.
Santa Barbara harbor is one of California’s most beautiful harbors. Once you paddle outside of the breakwater you will see the best coastline that you have ever seen. Or if you prefer you can simply paddle around the harbor admiring the beauty of the yachts which are docked there.
Lake Powell, Arizona
Lake Powell located in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, meaning whilst you are paddle boarding your way through the area. You will see stunning canyons and incredible natural landscapes which are unlike anywhere else on the planet.
Being the second largest reservoir in the US, Lake Powell has so much to explore. With colorful sandstone canyons and coves to take a look inside you won’t be stuck for things to look at whilst paddling around this wonderful place.
Black Canyon, Nevada
With one of the most stunning sites in the US, the Hoover Dam. The Black Canyon is one of the best places to explore with a paddle board. The river stretches 30 miles long, along which you can find sandy beaches, colorful caves, hot springs and coves. Whilst upon the top of the cliffs there is a wide range of wildlife such as the Desert bighorn sheep.
There is a huge amount of history connected to the construction and research of the Hoover Dam. These include the gauging stations, the sauna cave, catwalks and building foundations. A quote from the National Park Service Director, Jonathan B. Jarvis “These trails provide an opportunity for families to get outside and explore some of our nation’s most beautiful waterways…”
Caddo Lake, Texas
At Caddo Lake there is a great deal of activities for the whole family to enjoy. From staying in a cabin to paddle boarding across the lake. Whilst paddling around the lake you will be able to enjoy the beautiful trees and plants alongside. As well as the wildlife such as white-tailed deer, armadillos and much more.
The Caddo Lake covers a wide area at 32,000 acres meaning there is plenty to explore. It has been referenced to be like a ‘sprawling maze of bayous and sloughs’. The most common route to take through the lake is known as Carter’s Chute, this route has a float time of around 3-4 hours with a total length of 7.6 miles.
Although Colorado is a whole state, it is worth mentioning that there is a huge range of spots where you can get your paddle board out and explore. The main time that this state becomes a big attraction to paddle boarders is during the whitewater season, around May to July just after the snow melt.
When it comes to paddle boarding the main locations are often Salida ( Arkansas River ), Durango ( Animas River ), Vail ( Gore Creek ) and Glenwood Springs ( Colorado River ) these are just a few of the big ones. With hundreds of lakes throughout the state and the Rocky Mountain Event schedule during May and June you cannot go wrong with taking your paddle board to Colorado in season.
Hood River, Oregon
The Hood River in Oregon is a huge favorite amongst paddle board enthusiasts as it has an abundant type of paddling within a small range of the town. The river is best known for its down winding and flat water paddling when the wind is calmer, with the availability to whitewater paddle all year round it makes the perfect place to practice all types of paddling.
With close proximity to the coast the Hood River is one of the best places if you are looking to have a diverse option for paddle boarding, it one of the reasons why the professionals and water enthusiasts make the trip to enjoy the Hood River in season.
Santa Cruz, California
Whilst many people know of Santa Cruz for being a huge surfing destination, not many people know that it also an amazing place to go paddle boarding. As it is widely used by professionals to practice it would be best to look up and down the coast to find a vacant spot, but with there being a great paddling spot in each place along the coast you won’t have much trouble finding that perfect place to paddle.
The inner harbor offers the ability to paddle around just as the sunsets, with local bars and restaurants only a few feet away, making it the perfect place to have a relaxing paddle.
Lake Tahoe, California
With its blue waters this lake giant offers a breathtaking outlook as you paddle across the open water. Summer being the best time for paddling as it provides the warmest of conditions and the sun gleaming of the water allows you to see the lake at its full beauty. Within the lake there is a great community of paddlers who provide information and advice to novice paddle boarders. With there being some amazing shops alongside.