Every now and then we get the urge to load up our canoes or kayaks and escape civilization for a few days or weeks. Who doesn’t, right? The map below highlights a handful of our favorite places to paddle far away from it all.
Willamette River, Oregon
This accessible National Water Trail passes through meadows, parks, farms and cities.
Favorite section: Corvallis to Molalla River State Park
Length: 98 miles
Missouri River, Montana
The upper Wild and Scenic stretch runs alongside breathtaking white cliffs.
Favorite section: Fort Benton to the James Kipp Recreation Area
Length: 150 miles
Boundary Waters, Minnesota
A million acres of stunning lakes, streams, cliffs, islands, forests and beaches.
Favorite trip: The Border Route (Crane Lake to Lake Superior)
Length: 200 miles
Allagash Wilderness Waterway, Maine
Remote and scenic paddle through Maine’s North Woods.
Favorite section: Chamberlain Lake to the town of Allagash
Length: 93 miles
Everglades National Park, Florida
A subtropical wilderness of mangroves, coves, isles and sandy beaches.
Favorite route: The Wilderness Waterway from Everglades City to Flamingo
Length: 99 miles
Sabine River, Texas and Louisiana
Lower stretch flows through gorgeous pine forests and has white sand beaches.
Favorite section: Toledo Bend Dam to U.S. Highway 190
Length: 50 miles
Green River, Utah
Cuts through deep and colorful desert canyons.
Favorite section: Green River, Utah to the Colorado River
Length: 123 miles
Have a favorite place to paddle? Please share in the comments below.