Flat-waters: Easy Days of Exploration, Fishing and Fitness

September 19, 2019

From diverse biomes, like wetlands, swamps, and bioluminescent lagoons to the urban exploration of city scapes and harbors, these spots offer a full day of fun, fishing and fitness.

#1 Lakes

Sand Harbor, Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Lakes of all sizes can offer flat-water paddling. If the water surface looks like a mirror, you found perfect conditions! Keep an eye on wind if you are in the Great Lakes or other large lakes, as they can create waves. On windy days, you can still paddle protected coves like Sand Harbor on Lake Tahoe.

#2 Harbors

Emeryville Marina, Emeryville, California

Harbors are generally pretty well protected from tides, currents and wakes. They are built to keep waters calm. Larger boats are required to move slower to avoid creating a wake. Most of the testing for the Inlet was done on the Emeryville Marina on the San Francisco Bay. It's a great place to check out seal lions, salty sailors and cool old boats with clever names.

#3 Rivers 

Left: Chicago River, Illinois Right: River Liffey, Dublin, Ireland Photo: orupaddler

Slow moving rivers are always fun to explore. We spent some time on the Chicago River over the summer. Kayaking is a cool way approach to urban exploration! We recommend paddling upstream (against the current) first. It makes your paddle back way easier! 

#4 Reservoirs

Lake Chabot Reservoir, Alameda County, California

A lot of us live near reservoirs! They are usually an easy spot to go to for a lazy fishing trip or an after work paddle workout routine.

#5 Lagoons

Lajas, Puerto Rico Photo: welovepuertorico

Lagoons are usually very still waters. Sometimes they have just the right conditions to support bioluminescence that light up like stars as you cut the water. If you are looking for a mangrove lined magic paddling spot check out our blog on kayaking & bioluminescence. There are spots around the world so grab a pack for easy globetrotting!

#6 Swamps

Bayou Sara, Louisiana Photo: Jim Weller

We dare you to paddle one of these forested wetlands! They're home to a wide variety of species and are one of the most important biomes in the world. Other wetlands like the Boundary Waters in Minnesota and Giacomini Wetlands in California are fun places to explore.

We are excited to see where your adventure unfolds! Stay safe & wear your PFD every time you paddle! ✌️

Bioluminescence Kayaking Guide

May 29, 2019

Few things create a greater sense of awe than kayaking in bioluminescence. These beautiful waters are scattered across the globe, you just need to know where to look.  Pack up your Oru and start searching for plane tickets!

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Kayaking the Turquoise Waters of Canada’s Desolation Sound

April 29, 2019

It’s hard not to fall for British Columbia, with its beaches, evergreen forests and mountains that plunge right into the azure waters of the Pacific Ocean. Tucked into the southwest corner of the mainland province is the Sunshine Coast, a 110-mile stretch of paradise that’s accessible by air or ferry service.

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The Ultimate Gear for The Ultimate Baja Road Trip

March 28, 2019

This past winter, we joined the fine folks of The Outbound Collective for their trip down the entire length of Baja in four old vans. When in search of sun and solitude in the most remote areas of Baja – you must be prepared and bring everything you could possibly some extra fun stuff, too. 

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A Filmmaker's Perspective

January 15, 2019

Filmmaker and photographer Keely Kernan used a Coast XT to paddle the Mississippi River last year in an effort to make a film that explores the river, it's resources and the people that depend on them. Check out a preview and her ode to her Oru throughout this experience.

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Customer Spotlight

January 09, 2019

Our community is comprised of hundreds of incredibly passionate paddlers from all over the world. We LOVE to follow the daily conversations and adventures shared, particularly on the Oru Kayak Owners page on Facebook. We reached out to three of these members and asked them to share a little bit about their story and journey with Oru Kayak.

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