Kayaking in Michigan
Kayaking, the new Jogging
The '70s and '80s popularized jogging and rollerblading, while the '90s and 2,000s saw health club memberships burpee their way through the fitness roof. Nowadays, especially in Michigan, you can hardly get on the road without seeing a kayak, or kayaks, strapped to the roof of an SUV or being towed behind a camper. For a reasonable investment, kayaking can take you places you've never dreamed of.
Great Activity for Couples
My wife and I both turned 50 this year and we were looking for something recreational we could do together. Our joints have had about all the abuse we care to inflict on them so running didn't appeal. We have a gym membership, but we often find ourselves working out on separate ends of the workout room. Then a friend offered to sell me a kayak. I took him up on the offer. I liked it so much I convinced Sondra, which wasn't too hard, to buy two more so we could take the kids along too.
I had to buy a rack to attach to the top of our Dodge Nitro, and that was a bit of a challenge, but I got the hang of it after about a week and was soon able to load the "yaks" by myself. However, it is MUCH easier if you have a second set of hands for the task. Kayaks don't tend to be especially heavy, but they are difficult to balance over your head and can be awkward when hoisting onto the roof of your vehicle.
Use Ratcheted Tie-Down Straps to Secure Your Kayak
The last thing you need is for one, or both, of your kayaks flying off your roof and into the road. Properly securing your kayak can take up to 10 minutes, but once you get the hang of it you should be able to complete this task in less than 5. If you have help you can get two loaded in 5 minutes.
One of the kayaks I purchased, a Sun Dolphin Excursion, had a detachable compartment for bait or other supplies. I didn't have it secured in its recess and now it is somewhere between Tawas and Bay City Michigan. Suffice it to say, make sure anything that needs to be secured is secured.
We purchased two of our three kayaks at Frank's Great Outdoors in Linwood, Michigan. Frank's features a testing pool where you can to "test-drive" a kayak or canoe you are considering for purchase. The staff there is very helpful and knowledgeable. One of the young men that work in the water craft section of the store came out with me, and tied down the kayaks while teaching me how to do it myself.
Sun Dolphin Excursion Fishing Kayak
Kayaking Down a Sand Dune
My Kind of Kayak
I have the Sun Dolphin Excursion and I would definitely recommend it. It features a storage container, padded seat, and rotating rod holster as well as two rod holders behind the seat. These are a bit difficult to reach, but would be easy if fishing with a companion as the second person could easily retrieve them from that position. The only draw back for me is that the steering is very sensitive on this craft. One stroke to the right or left and you are turning instantly.
This is the Sun Dolphin Excursion Fishing Kayak
Cool Features of the Sun Dolphin Excursion
You'll note the rod-holster there on the front/left side of the kayak. It works very well allowing me to paddle from point to point without getting tangled in my paddle. What do we do with the paddle when we're fishing? See that black bungie on the kayak, just below the swaying bass? That is a paddle bungie that holds your paddle for you. Simply latch it in place and fish away!
The orange container just behind the rod-holster is a water canister tightly contained with cross-thread bungies and a shallow recess. It works great!
Bass Fishing on Foot Dam in Oscoda Michigan
Recreation in Oscoda, Michigan: 5 Dams
Oscoda Michigan is simply some of the most beautiful country in our country, and yes, I mean in the whole USA. Endless miles of shoreline offer beach retreats, boating, fishing, kayaking, the works.
For our purposes in writing this article, I have to recommend Oscoda particularly for its access to the Au Sable river and subsequent dams. This system of dams contains some of the best fishing in the state of Michigan: steelhead, salmon, perch, walleye, blue gill, pike, bass, and a host of other mouth-watering fresh water whoppers.
Additional Information for Michigan Kayaking
Below is a link to an article containing even more beautiful locations in Michigan that are a must for kayakers, or "yackers" as the saying goes. There is a lifetime worth of waterways and secret beaches to discover. I truly hope you'll come visit us here in the Great Lakes state. You'll be so glad you did, and I'm betting you'll become a life-long patron of the area. Nice people, great food, beautiful sites, and so much more will keep you coming back again and again.
Top 10 Kayaking Spots in Michigan
- Top 10 Places to Kayak in Michigan
There are so many bodies of water in the state which is why kayaking is a popular sport in the area.
1. Kayak with a friend
2. Carry a whistle
3. Always wear a life-jacket
4. Be sure your kayak is appropriate for where you're going. That is, don't take a kayak out onto a big body of water. Getting caught in a storm or even just running into big waves could be deadly.
5. Practice getting in and out of your kayak in a safe place with a friend. It's harder than you might think.
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