5 Excellent Places for Beginners to Kayak in Alabama

By Sarah Baumann

5 Excellent Places for Beginners to Kayak in Alabama

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Looking for new ways to get out in the great outdoors this summer? Explore Alabama the Beautiful through a kayaking adventure. After participating in a safety course, you’ll be able to comfortably enjoy Alabama’s waters armed with a paddle. These five locations are not only scenic, but easy to navigate if you’re new to the sport. 

1. Lake Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa, AL

Not ready for rapids? No problem. Lake Tuscaloosa is a calm and quiet place to get your bearings with a paddle. The lake provides endless water space to paddle around in, and strengthen those arm muscles for more challenging courses. Not to mention, the lake is full of wildlife and surrounded with beautiful scenery.

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2. Magnolia Branch Wildlife Reserve

If you’re looking to immerse yourself in nature, kayaking in Magnolia Branch Wildlife Reserve is one way to do it. You’ll see everything while paddling along the greens, from turtles to varieties of creek fish. If you’re feeling confident along their easier trails, there are plenty of more challenging waterways to test out your newly-honed skills.

3. Oyster Bay, Gulf Shores, AL

There is nothing quite like the sight of Oyster Bay at night. Wild Native tours provides day time and night time tours along the coast of Alabama, offering you the chance to see dolphins by the light of the moon. If you love discovering the wonders of the ocean, Oyster Bay will not disappoint.

4. North Alabama Waterways

For a kayaking experience that will give you the tools you need to be a safe and efficient kayaker, Unphiltered Kayaking in Guntersville is the place to be. Unphiltered provides a number of courses to give you kayaking skills to take with you wherever you paddle. Not to mention, North Alabama is a beautiful scene to learn your new favorite water activity.

5. Bon Secour River

The Bon Secour River is not only gorgeous, but it has plenty of shallow waters for beginners to explore. The peaceful feel of the river can help you gain the confidence you need as you perfect your skills. Beach N’ River Rental in Foley provides four-hour rentals that are self-guided and perfect for those newbies ready to explore on their own.

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