The US is a big place, meaning it has ample opportunity for you to explore on your paddleboard. While some places are certainly better than others, we have compiled some of the best places to paddleboard in the US. Look below to get some ideas for your next vacation getaway!
Arizona’s Black Canyon
Pass through desert mountains where huge horned sheep graze and arrive at Black Canyon with hot springs and wild camping. There, you can explore the Colorado River’s clean waters on your paddle board. This somewhat long stretch of the Black Canyon Trail, running across Arizona and Nevada from Willow Beach to the Hoover Dam, doesn’t require a canoeing or camping permission. That is, if you start from Willow Beach. This is a great area to soak up some sun or have fun in a canyon trip through some of Americas most beautiful river canyons.
Glacier Bay, Alaska
Glacier Bay, an Alaskan biosphere reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site, is located west of Juneau and is only accessible by boat or a 30-minute flight from Juneau. It provides a variety of paddling conditions, from tranquil lakes where you can fish or do yoga on your board to tough coves that serve as arctic surfing and windsurfing spots. Glacier Bay gives ample opportunity to view wildlife, from bald eagles to arctic moose. Bring your binoculars if you decide to go!
Ladybird Lake, Texas
Visit Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin, Texas, and enjoy live music while paddling beneath the well-known bat colony. Since motorized boats are not permitted on the water, the lake’s longest water path from Red Bud Beach to Festival Beach is completely undisturbed, making it perfect for a calming getaway. Getting into the water is simple from anyplace close to the lake thanks to eight official access sites and many more unofficial ones. Austin is the Live Music Capital of the World, so as you paddle, you should anticipate hearing music coming from someplace on land, making this a memorable experience.
We hope you have enjoyed our recap of the best places to paddleboard in the US. While it can be hard to choose a destination, picking the right paddleboard is your first big decision. Make sure you bring the proper gear for your paddle boarding trip before getting on the water!