How Much Does it Cost to Go Canoeing?

Canoeing is not only a peaceful way to experience nature but it is a great way to get some exercise.  People who have expressed an interest in canoeing but have never gone before often find themselves wondering how much does it cost to go canoeing.  That really isn’t an easy question to answer.  There are a number of factors involved including where you go, and whether you buy or rent a canoe.  Let’s take a closer look at the cost involved in canoeing and then you can decide whether it is expensive or not.

The Destination

You can go canoeing at a local lake down the road or you can head to the other side of the country to check out new scenery.  A local trip costs a few dollars in gas, crossing the country can cost thousands.  Some places charge fees to use the facilities and other places are free all you need is a canoe.  If you are going on a camping trip there are campgrounds that offer you the chance to go while you’re there.

Renting a Canoe

Some of the more popular lakes and rivers will have canoe rental service available.  You can rent a canoe for a couple of hours or a couple of days depending on your trip and hit the open water.  The cost of renting a canoe will depend on the size, how many in your party and how long you go for.  If you haven’t gone canoeing before then you should bring someone along who has had more experience.  For two people to rent a canoe for a day or so you can expect to spend around $40.

Buying a Canoe

If you plan on canoeing regularly then it may be in your interest to buy your own canoe.  Renting every weekend can get expensive after a while.  The cost of a canoe will depend on whether you buy new or used.  A used canoe is your least expensive option and a used canoe can cost a few hundred dollars.  Do your due diligence and make sure that the canoe is in great shape.

The price of a new canoe can range from a few hundred dollars on the low end to several thousand dollars for a Kevlar canoe.  The price will depend on the material used in construction and how lightweight your canoe is.  If you plan on camping and canoeing regularly the invest in a very good canoe.

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