Step Outside: 5 Excellent Places for Beginners to Kayak in PA

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With many miles of kayak-able waters, Pennsylvania is blessed with a huge array of watersport options. Starting out can be daunting, but with a little grit, some commitment, and a sense of humor, almost anyone can begin to feel at home on the water. Grab a friend, a date, or just your own sense of adventure, and set out on your kayaking journey! Here are five awesome spots for beginners to kayak in Pennsylvania.

1. KAYAK PITTSBURGH ASPINWALL RIVERFRONT PARK, ASPINWALL, PA
Experience the more natural side of the Steel City with a leisurely afternoon spent on the Allegheny River. Whether you purchase a season pass or single hour, these gentle waters are perfect as an introduction to water sports. Check the website for social options like a Saturday morning Kayak and Coffee!

2. LEHIGH RIVER, WEATHERLY, PA
If you’re a total beginner, but looking to ascend quickly through the ranks to greatness, consider a two-day kayaking clinic on the Lehigh River. Whitewater Challengers looks to quickly and safely get you acclimated to being in a kayak, and even taking on the challenges of rough water. Day one takes place on still waters, while day two will expose you to the challenges faced by master paddlers.

3. HIDDEN RIVER OUTFITTERS, PHILADELPHIA, PA
If you’re looking to baby-step it into the outdoors from the comfort of your city cocoon, look no further than Hidden River Outfitters. This Philadelphia-based company offers exciting, urban kayaking tours for all skill levels, including those on their very first paddle. Choose to explore the banks of the Schuylkill, or take a Manayunk Tour, which includes either a brunch, lunch, or happy hour at the incredibly hip Manayunk Brewing Company.

4. MARSH CREEK WATERSPORTS, DOWNINGTOWN, PA
If you’re a beginner with more of an independent streak, consider renting a kayak or canoe from Marsh Creek Watersports, located on beautiful Marsh Creek Lake. This Downingtown outlet offers a la carte rentals of kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, and even small motorboats. If you want to have a bit more hands-on help, consider one of their 90-minute night tours, which take on the beauty and nature of the lake environment in the dark!

5. LAKE ERIE, PA
Explore the beauty of our state on the lovely Lake Erie with Lake Erie Outfitters! Located at the gorgeous Presque Isle State Park, this is undoubtedly one of the more stunning ways to learn about kayaking. Choose a rental or a tour, either way you’ll be paddling happy!