Kayaking - Indiana

 By: Nomad Rick
When you think of kayaking, you probably do not think of Indiana. If you are in the state, however, kayaking in Indiana may prove to be surprisingly fun.

Indiana is not the first state in which you might expect to find water activities or sports. Relatively landlocked, and located in the Midwest away from any coastal areas, Indiana still manages to play host to a number of outdoor activities involving water. One such activity is kayaking - Indiana offers both the experienced and novice kayak paddler a great place to enjoy this exciting water sport. The many kayak rental and tour companies found on the rivers of Indiana offer families and others a great place to explore the world of kayaking.

A kayak is a human-powered boat, meaning that no motors or external power such as wind is used to power the boat. It is typically a covered canoe shaped boat, that also includes a canopy over the cockpit, or area where the paddler sits. Kayaks are paddled with at least two paddles, and generally can hold between one and three paddlers. Kayaks are also designed quite differently than canoes, although shaped somewhat similarly, and are not at all the same even though in some countries such as Great Britain they are both called canoes.

One place that kayaking Indiana is really popular is at Blue's Canoe Livery, located in a remote spot 45 miles south of Indianapolis, Indiana. Blue's Canoe Livery offers canoe and kayaking trips on the Driftwood River, which runs through the central southern portion of the state. This canoe tour company stocks enough canoes and kayaks that they can outfit several large groups at a time, meaning that you needn't bring your own equipment - they'll be sure to have some you can rent. Camping is also available through Blue's Canoe Livery.

This kayaking company offers trips from their livery to Atterbury (a trip that takes two to three hours and is about six miles long), and from the livery to Furnas Mill (an eight mile long trip that takes three to five hours). If you choose to take part in the overnight camping available here, you can use your own tent, and modern amenities such as hot showers are available.

No matter which place you choose for kayaking, Indiana offers many different rivers and tour guides to make your kayaking adventure exciting and comfortable. You can choose to kayak on a day trip, stay overnight, or even make an entire vacation based around this fun water sport - it's all up to you and your family!
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