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kayaking in the rain

I’n not talking about lightning and storms that can be dangerous just on being our with your kayak enjoying the river or the sea when it starts reaining.

Most kayakers I know including me automatically start heading back but there is actually no good reason. i love walking in the rain so why not kayaking in the rain?

I know that for me it is partly because when I’m with the kayak I won’t be able to act fast enough if the rain turns into something more serious, that it takes a long time to get to the car and by then I’ll be soaking wet and basically that the feeling is different when it rains not the slow soft rain but the most other types.

Well the whole rain thoughts started after reading or actually seeing Peggy’s post, don’t miss the photos they are amazing.

So... what do you think? Please leave me a comment or give me a


  • bonnie: Kayaking is a watersport. Rain is just a little extra water. Right?
  • Rebecca: You’re absolutely right1 I guess I have some stuck records from the “it’s raining come inside” childhood but now is as good a time as any to trash them.
  • Michiel: Besides, when you are paddling you have just about the best suitable clothes to withstand a little water coming from the skies. You may want to use a spraydeck though but other than that, if it’s just rain, keep going!
  • Rebecca: I can’t wait for a nice rain to be out with the kayak it might be a beginning of a whole new world of experiences
  • Mike Schettler: i broke my mamba on the skykomish in a little class II just under the bridge at index... we were paddling in a snow storm and the water was so cold it was freezing in the eddies. i was lyck because it happened reight after put in and i had a short walk to my truck.
  • Janet: Here in the UK we would hardly ever get any paddling done if we went home cause it was raining!
  • Willie Illingworth: Kayaking whitewater here in the Pacific Northwest, we drive through the rain to paddle in the rain regularly. Oftentimes, the river flows are best when it is raining, so it’s just a fact of life for us that we don’t cancel or abort due to precipitation, other than flash flood situations. Kayaking in rain (and even snow!) is a different experience, to be I’ve grown to love.
  • Rebecca: I have to say I find it very interesting the way each has is own unique perspective based on experiences and local conditions.
    BTW if anyone interested we have a forum here too to discuss anything kayaking you are all welcomed
  • Conductor: Was up on the Pine River (Michigan) last weekend and not long after we started a 12 mile paddle the rain started coming down. It was actually fun! until it got to raining so hard that the snags were hard to spot.
    Two storms, but lots of sunshine later... Luckily no lighting.
    Would I do it again, Yup!
  • Rebecca: That is actually what I’m afraid of having the rain changing into a very hard one, but I guess knowing the forecast can be very helpful
  • Mike: My friend Tim and I kayaked the upper East Fork Carson river back in April. It started raining and I was a little worried about flash floods but it turned out okay... I kinda’ like to paddle in the rain, it can be quite peaceful
  • gumby: absolutely just pause to "gear-up"for it and paddle-on!!!later gumby/zenkayaker
  • auntierain: I don’t mind paddling in the rain if it’s warm, but only when I’m wearing contact lenses, If I’m wearing my glassess I can’t see anything!
  • George Cole: Auntie rain !!!!! They make glasses with " rubber straps" built around the lenses,which keep water out and do NOT fog ,great for " rolling" lol. I belong to a group called WATER TRIBE,we are. Expeditionary paddlers,we once paddled from just below DC to MIAMI whew were my arms tired and my butt numb for days lol !!!! I myself paddle an ORION by P&H it is in kevlaar and weighs bout 1/2 of a glass boat. I also have a wet suit and a dry suit ( change of clothing to keep dry and avoid rashes) !!!!!! ENJOY your days and remember your nights !!!!
  • auntierain: Hmmmm, glasses with rubber straps built around the lenses-Hahahaha! Not a fashion choice I’m willing to make.
    But a Kevlar boat-that would be sweet! On the other hand, lifting that 42 lbs composite is probably keeping me in shape!
  • Stu_Hons: During the summer...Hell yeah
  • Daniel: Absolutely! Why else would humans have been made wash and wear.
    One of my best memories of paddling is on the Shenandoah River South Fork just downstream from Shenandoah State Park. Nice cool overcast day. One of those I could noodle about the river all day kind of days. Paddling upstream and then drifting downstream. The sky’s turned darker and had that look of a front a comin. No Thunderstorms predicted. So back up the river I went again. Then I heard the patter of rain slapping the surrounding trees. There upriver I could see the squall moving my way. Ever closer it encroached on me. Dropplets the size of nickels cascading down. So big they cause the river to splash up into the air around the droplet’s impact. Slowly it creeps up the stern, over the back deck and then it is over the cockpit and moving towards the bow. Surreally, swallowing me in the warm massaging downpour. Still I drift downriver wrapped in this warm envelop of pelting droplets. Slowly the purge passes from my cockpit over the deck in front of me and passes off the bow. Heading downstream faster than I. I watch the river settle again from natures pelting of rain droplets. I thank nature for the warm water rinse and continue to float down stream.
  • MRD: For sure. As long as there’s no thunder and lightning, and if you’re dressed for it, why not? My wife and I were at a resort inside Algonquin Park on a cold, rainy September day. We bundled up in layers for warmth and water protection, and then hit the water for a few hours; we were the only ones out there. Not only was it very calm and relaxing, paddling in the light (and sometimes even heavy) rain, but our perseverance was rewarded with a bull moose visiting the shoreline not far from us at one point, and then three river otters diving and playing and eating about 100 feet from us another time while we just floated and watched their antics, entranced. The rain didn’t matter; the woods, the water, the wildlife, and the company ... that’s what mattered.
  • Sherwood Botsford: The risk is hypothermia. Your body’s heat loss is determined by 3 things: Temperature, wind, and wet. Rain is often more than 10 degrees colder than the surface, and water moves heat much faster than air.
    Wind adds to the heat loss, both by carrying warm air from your body, and by evaporating water, chilling the remaining moisture.
    Not a big deal if you are prepared: Have a water proof layer with you; have an extra layer of insulation with you; have a toque (stocking cap, watch stander’s hat) with you. Add stuff as needed, and carry on.

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