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Scenic North America Canoe Trips

Discover the top North America canoe trips with some scenic wilderness adventure that is gentle enough for beginners and novices.

The best scenic North America canoe trips include trips to the upper reaches of Canada and Alaska where you can experience snow capped mountains, grizzly bears, and moose, and the western USA, with beautiful mountain scenery and wildlife, and further down to the southern USA with a calm scenic trip to a swamp.

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Immerse yourself in fun and excitement! Tipping a canoe and going for a swim is considered part of the fun of canoeing. It's a normal occurrence and not viewed as an emergency or incident to be concerned about. When canoeing in a group with an experienced leader, the group pitches in to help recover the swimmers and boats.

The best scenic canoe trips are geared towards the beginner and novice canoeists and are navigated over flat water or Class I rivers and lakes.

Pelly River-Yukon River Canada-Alaska
This river meanders at a relaxed paced to reflect on the Yukon's awesome scenery. The Yukon River is fourth longest river in North America is the river with the longest salmon run in the world and was a waterway route to the world famous Klondike Gold Rush. Over half of the river lies in Alaska with the other segment of the river near the source located in British Columbia. The Pelly River is fast flowing but manageable for most paddlers. Paddle into Dawson City and share in the glory that the early Klondike gold rushers experienced.

Where To Stay

Eldorado Hotel
Dawson City, Yukon, Canada
This 52 room hotel is a taste of the old west.


The Bowron Lakes, Canada
This 116 km canoe trip takes you through an protected wilderness park in the rugged scenic Cariboo Mountains, in British Columbia with a collection of 10 connected lakes surrounded by natural beauty consisting of rugged forests, wetland marshes, grassland bogs, wildlife and snow capped mountain peaks. The Bowron Lakes are scenic with extensive wildlife adventure where you are apt to see bears, beavers, moose feeding, and otters. A unique feature of this canoe trip is that you can cover the entire 116km and loop back to where you you started? Along the Bowron Lakes Paddle Route is a series of wilderness tenting sites, shelters, ranger cabins, cooking shelters and emergency phone booths. The shelters are not for camping but for cooking and drying equipment. Camping is restricted to the cleared tenting sites on the route. While prior canoeing experience is not necessary, it is not recommended that you take this trip without a reliable tour guide who will provide basic instruction with paddling and safety awareness. The canoeing itself is rated as easy to moderate but you should be in decent physical condition to covers the rigors of portage and camping. There are several portages areas.

Where To Stay

Cariboo Lodge Resort
Clinton, British Columbia, Canada
This 23 room rustic lodge offers log cabin accommodations.


Green River, Stillwater Canyon, Utah
The Green River is one of the most fabulous, scenic calm canoe trips in the American West. The Green river runs through Stillwater Canyon in Utah's famous Canyon lands country. The trip is great for families and memory-building and for those looking to enjoy evenings camping on the river shore after long day canoeing on a calm stretch of river. This beautiful river meanders through Canyon lands National Park and ultimately connecting with the Colorado River. The scenic beauty includes red rock formations, ruins, and rock art sites of Ancient Pueblo Indians. This is a flat water river in a very remote part of the southwest.

Where To Stay

Red Cliffs Lodge
Moab, UT
This 110 room lodge is nestled along Scenic Byway 128 and the Colorado River. The ranch offers deluxe accommodations with individual private patios each facing the river. New cabins with fireplaces, two bedrooms, high speed internet, all with spectacular views of White's Rapid and 2,000 ft towering red cliffs


Snake River Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
The Snake River in Wyoming meanders through two of the North Americas most famous national parks. Beginning at its source in the Teton Wilderness, the river flows through Yellowstone National Park, then south into Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park. Beginners and novices should canoe with an experienced guide and take the float trip over the thirteen-mile stretch of the calmest waters of the Snake River. This stretch of river is known as one of the most successful breeding areas for bald eagles in the lower 48 states. Elk, moose, deer, beaver, and river otters are also known to frequent the riverbanks. The lower portion of the river encounters channels and shifting logjams and should only be navigated by experienced canoeists and rafters.

Where To Stay

Jenny Lake Lodge
Grand Teton National Park, WY
They offer 37 high end, rustic log cabins located on park-service land. The setting offers awesome scenic views of the Tetons from the front porch of the cabins.


Bog River Adirondacks State Park, New York
The Bog River is a good flat river created by two dams that offer a gentle paddling route without white water and further enjoyed by a ban on motorboats. There are 14.5 miles of relatively calm waters with portage area. This scenic trip features many beaver dams around High Falls, and the many large nesting loons. Primary access to the area is near Tupper Lake from a short gravel road off State Route 421 to Lows Lower Dam, where a canoe may be launched. Another canoe access point is available at Horseshoe Lake. Campsites are available.

Where To Stay

Pine Terrace Motel & Resort
|Tupper Lake, NY
This 5 room motel is locate next to Tupper Lake with beautiful views of the mountains and sunsets. A great place for a family vacation.


Green River, Kentucky
Canoe the scenic Green River though the Mammoth Cave National Park on trips ranging from just 3 hours to 2 nights or more! You see miles of bluffs and nature including turkey, deer, beaver, birds and reptiles as you make your journey downstream. This is cave country, and at least two caves can be scouted at water's edge. Canoe camping is allowed throughout the park.

Where To Stay

Mammoth Cave Hotel
Mammoth Cave National Park, KY
This 32 room motel is a good place a peaceful stay over to enjoy the attractions in the park.


Okefenokee Swamp, Georgia
The Okefenokee Swamp in Southern Georgia is pristine, wild, and very soggy. It is made up of prairie, cypress forest, and scrub-shrub. A canoe trip through the Okefenokee will bring you to see huge osprey, herons, egrets and alligators, white-tailed deer, and turtles. The Okefenokee is the slow-moving headwaters of the Suwannee and St. Marys Rivers. Winter time can be an ideal time to canoe the Okefenokee. Though nights can get cold, sometimes in the 30s, the days can warm up to to 70 degrees, compared to the late Spring, summer and early fall months you are apt to experience 90 plus degree days with stifling humidity.

Where To Stay

Laura S. Walker State Park
Waycross, GA
A Campground close to the Okefenokee Swamp.

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