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A look at non-traditional sports: Kayaking & Canoeing
Admittedly, these are part of the Olympics—but they’re not seen nationally the other three years when there is no Olympiad.
Kayaking and canoeing are fun summer activities that are also great exercise. Canoes are bigger and roomier—perfect for parents who want to bring along a kid or two—while kayaks are smaller but much easier to maneuver.
When it comes to kayaking and canoeing, renting is usually the way to go. Unless you’re going to go weekly and have a lot of space for storage and a car that can easily carry your boat, buying is not the best method.
Rivers and lakes often have locations where you can rent boats, life vests and paddles by the hour or for the day. Susquehanna Outfitters, located on City Island in Harrisburg, is open Tuesday through Sunday and offers single kayak, tandem kayak and canoe rentals based on one, three or six hours.
A single kayak for an hour costs $15, while a tandem costs $25. A canoe for one hour is $20. Susquehanna Outfitters will launch you from either City Island, West Fairview or Fort Hunter depending on how long you plan to be on the water.
Kurt Bopp is assistant editor/web for Central Penn Parent. He’s very experienced at kayaking and canoeing and definitely prefers the maneuverability of a kayak.
Shank’s Mare, 2092 Long Level Rd., Wrightsville: http://www.shanksmare.com/
Susquehanna Outfitters, City Island, Harrisburg: http://www.susquehannaoutfitters.com/
Nolt Ventures, 145 Newport Rd., Leola: http://www.noltventures.com/
Blue Mountain Outfitters, 103 S. State Rd., Marysville: http://www.bluemountainoutfitters.net/rental.htm
State Parks, http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/index.aspx