Just because there’s a chill in the air and the leaves are falling doesn’t mean it’s time to kiss river adventures goodbye until spring! We’re here to let you in on a few tips, like what to wear kayaking in the fall, to let you continue your kayaking and canoeing expeditions well into the autumn months while staying safe and comfortable.

Take advantage of the warmest time of day

This may seem simple, but many of us love nothing more than to get up early in the morning and head out on our ventures. Unfortunately, this isn’t the time of year to be the early bird, with it being best to wait until mid-afternoon until temperatures get to their peak to finally get your vessel into the water. Luckily, this time also can bring out the prettiest of the fall colors, so make sure to bring your waterproof camera along!

Young woman laughing while paddling a canoe on a lake with her boyfriend and another couple on a sunny summer afternoon

Dress properly

While it’s not unusual to see 60° and 70° days in October and November, it is best to anticipate colder temperatures if you plan on going out on your kayak or canoe. Dress in layers so you can remove items when it’s warmer and add them back on as it gets colder. Start with a good base layer, making sure it’s not cotton. This is a good time to just reiterate that cotton should be avoided at all costs during your outdoor activities, as when it gets wet it stays wet. This can get extra dangerous during these brisk fall afternoons.

Make sure to test if your life jacket will adjust enough to accommodate the extra layers, otherwise you will need to get a larger life jacket.

Pack Wisely

As is true with any outdoor excursion, making sure you have the right supplies on hand is important. This becomes even more crucial during times of the year when the weather can change course suddenly, such as when wintry weather and wind move in to chill an otherwise warm fall day. To be appropriately prepared for the season, make sure to bring:

  • A complete change of clothes in a waterproof bag
  • Plenty of fresh water
  • A first aid kit
  • A life jacket. Enjoy the convenience of having life jackets provided when taking a river adventure with us!

Stay nourished

Having a full stomach is a good way to warm your whole body, making it a necessity during those fall weather adventures. Carbohydrates are especially effective at providing your body heat, so pack bananas, oats, oranges, blueberries, apples – all of which are healthy, easily-packable sources of carbs.

If you’re like us, you’re looking for ways to get just one more kayaking or canoeing trip in before the snow really starts flying. By following these kayaking and canoeing tips, you can make sure to make the most out of these beautiful fall months on the water! Interested in taking a river adventure? Contact us today!