Best Kayaking Adventures in U.S. National Parks 

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Kayaking is one of the most popular and exciting outdoor activities in the United States, and there are plenty of great locations for kayaking. 

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One of the best places for kayaking is in a national park. With its beautiful lakes and rivers, diverse ecosystems, and striking natural landscapes, a national park is perfect for paddling and exploring.   

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Let's explore ten great destinations for national park kayaking!

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Montana’s Glacier National Park has over 700 lakes. One of the best places for kayaking at Glacier National Park is Lake McDonald. It is the largest and deepest lake in the park. The beautiful clear turquoise glacier water is calm, and the views are simply breathtaking.

Glacier National Park (Montana)


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Kayaking in the Everglades is an exciting and unique experience. With its winding rivers, serene mangrove forests, and crystal-clear waters, the Everglades offers a multitude of breathtaking vistas that are perfect for exploring by kayak.

Everglades National  Park (Florida)


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The park offers outstanding kayaking opportunities, from calm inland water kayaking to the more challenging open ocean kayaking. With its abundance of stunning wildlife, spectacular coral reefs, and impressive geological features its a great place to kayak.

Biscayne National Park (Florida)


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For those new to ocean kayaking, the waters around Anacapa Island offer gentle but beautiful scenery. Exciting channels and coves with crystalline waters provide excellent opportunities for spotting wildlife and exploring hidden caves along the shoreline.

Channel Islands National Park (California)


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Kenai Fjords National Park is one of the most gorgeous and diverse regions in all of Alaska. Its shimmering glaciers, majestic mountains, and abundant marine wildlife provide a perfect setting for an adventurous kayaking trip. 

Kenai Fjords National Park (Alaska)


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