7 of U.S.A.’s Best Thru-Paddles

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.