want to try first portaging/paddling/camping trip

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  1. chansta

    chansta keeper of the flame Supporter

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    I've been watching Joe Robinet's video's for years, and he's taught me a lot.

    So! I'd like to plan a trip, rent a canoe, camp next to a beautiful lake and catch some fish.

    Would it be best to find a guide to sort this out?

    Ideally, I'd start on a lake, which would hopefully make navigation less of an issue.
     
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    Depends on where you live and how far you want to travel. The Boundry Waters in Northern MN is the holy grail for canoeing, camping, and portaging. You will need an outfitter to rent you some items you probably don't have and help you with your permit. There are dozens of maps and books on every square inch of the area so you can easily plan your own trip. An outfitter will make recommendations. Google is your friend. Google Boundry Waters and your world will open up for you.
     
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    Good for you! Camping and paddling go hand in hand for me. Paddling allows you carry more gear, fresh food, cold brews and so on. But portaging can be a bear with all of the extras. So plan your trips and gear wisely and enjoy!!
     
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    Where do you live? As Todd1Hd has stated the boundary waters would be the holy grail, but there are plenty of opportunities to try a canoe trip in other parts of the US. The Adirondacks are a great example if you live in the eastern US.

    Do you have much experience with backpacking in remote areas? Do you have any canoe experience? I asked each question because undertaking a remote canoe trip will draw on your skills from each of these areas and any experience you have will be an asset. Be sure to consider your experience level when planning a trip! A good outfitter in the area you choose will be able to set you up with all the gear you need, maps, and advice.
     
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    Very true. I have backpacked on the AT quite a bit, but I don't know if I'd call that remote.
    Canoe experience: yes.. although I would look to transition from my failed attempts at J stroking to a kayak paddle.
    I can do basic things like read the V (not needed in a lake), forward and reverse sweep, pry, draw, and rudder on either side to quickly change the direction on the bow of the boat. Class 3 rapids are the most I want to deal with based on my experience in the new river.
     
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    As much as I'd love the boundary waters, that's quite the drive for me. I live in southwest virginia.
     
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    I canoe fairly often and I have a couple suggestions.
    Learn comfort by yourself in your boat first
    Develop your camp kit
    Slowly add your kit to your canoe outings
    Make a couple of over nighters close to home in your canoe and make a list of your struggles
    Once you determine your load, determine your portage lengths on your desired trip and carry that load that distance every other day for 2 weeks
    Canoe double the distance of your desired trip every other day for a month before you start your journey

    Food and drink is a whole other issue and load
     
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    Honestly, I'd be happy just paddling and camping in a small area. I could hang my food and my bag in a tree and just bring what I need. This doesn't have to be a huge trip, I really just want to fish, cook them on the fire, paddle, and camp.
     
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    Delaware River is very easy to do. Park at kittatiny visitor center and catch the shuttle with boat n gear 26 miles up.. all free. Paddle n camp on the way down to vehicle.
    Held bcusa meetups past 3 summers and will post again most likely.
     
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    Sorry, thought you were planning a longer trip. No need to complicate it.
     
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    I'm not really familiar with the southern states, but I imagine there are some spots in the coastal Carolinas or maybe some opportunities around one of the many reservoirs? I'd be interested to hear suggestions from our members with experience in and around Virginia.

    If you do decide to take a long drive north I can set you up with the perfect spot. Here are a few pics from a few of the trips I have taken there... Kinda like a mini boundary waters here in Michigan.

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    The Appalachian Mountain Club has a book AMC River Guide. I have the Maine version, it show rivers and lakes with description of good trips. I don't know if they put a version out for your area. Good book for those wanting to explore some water way.
     
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    Anything wrong with South Holston Lake? Looks like it's half in the Cherokee NF and would offer plenty of good places to fish, paddle, and camp not far from SW VA.
     
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    I've never eaten bass. How is it?
     
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    Get yourself a canoe, and do some day trips out on the water fishing and exploring shoreline. The canoe is the best way to explore the shore.

    If you really want to whet your appetite watch some Bill Mason movies, he also has some really well done instructional videos. Waterwalker is a great vid by him, you could probably find it somewhere on line for free.
     
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    @chansta Have you looked at the New River in NC/VA. There are outfitters available with camping and fishing.
     
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    Not for this kind of thing. I know about Tangent outfitters in Pemrboke, which is 45 minutes from me.
     
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    I love it! Of course it tastes best over a campfire.
     
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    The new river is 20 minutes from me. Unfortunately the fishing is just not that great in many places because it is so touristy
     
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    As @Bad Little Falls said above the guide book is the way to go. Enjoy brother looking forward to reading a trip report.
     
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