The Best Canoe Trips Around The United States

Published on October 22, 2020
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When most people think of heading to the great outdoors, a lot of what comes to mind is a hiking trip. While there are plenty of incredible hikes out there, what about those of us who prefer spending time outdoors near water? A canoe trip is one of the best ways to keep active and see some gorgeous natural sights. You also don’t have to worry about lugging around a backpack or giant bottle of water. So where are the best places to go on a canoe trip? These are some of our favorite locations for a canoe trip you won’t soon forget.

Salmon River, Idaho

Salmon River, Idaho

Salmon River, Idaho

Don’t be freaked out by its alternate name, The River of No Return, as the Salmon River is nicknamed that because it spans across 46 miles of recreational river trail and flows into a 79-mile long “wild” river. You can begin the 46-mile leg of the river at the North Fork and head out at Corn Creek. You’ll see canyon walls as well as some extremely ancient rocks.

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Minnesota

For a very remote location that also stunning, there’s no better place to go than Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, which can be found in northern Minnesota. The area is made up of 1500 miles of canoe routes, spanning over 19,000 acres as well as 1100 bodies of water. The sights you’ll encounter here are unparalleled.

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Minnesota

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Minnesota

Northern Forest Canoe Trail, New York To Maine

Starting out in New York and ending in Maine, while crossing through Vermont, Quebec, and New Hampshire en route. Completing the whole stretch is certainly satisfying, but there are 23 rivers and streams, 59 ponds and lakes, and 65 portages to choose from in order to create your own ideal itinerary.

Northern Forest Canoe Trail, New York To Maine

Northern Forest Canoe Trail, New York To Maine

Noatak River, Alaska

For those who are looking for the absolute most remote locations, Noatak River in Alaska is the place to be. Found above the Arctic Circle, you’ll pass through alpine tundra, canyons, open plains, and a glacial valley. Keep a keen eye for the Alaskan wildlife running around, which include caribous, bears, and sheep.

Noatak River, Alaska

Noatak River, Alaska

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia

For those who prefer the milder weather of the South, a canoe trip in Georgia is perfect. Here you’ll find the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, where you will see “swamp prairies” and forested cypress swamps. You’ll be experience a totally different water terrain that will certainly keep you interested.

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia

Green River, Utah

The Green River in Utah is perfect for the beginner Canoer or for those who wish to travel with young children. The wide river is very mellow and is full of scenery and exciting wildlife. Visit the Green River State Park and two days later you can take out at Ruby Ranch. You can also just continue floating to the confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers.

Green River, Utah

Green River, Utah