Sea Kayak clubs have a lot to offer. Some are offshoots of traditional outdoor associations or outing clubs. Some grew out of canoe groups. Most offer trips for all skill levels, newsletter, guest lecturers, pool sessions, camaraderie, and safety outreach. GET LISTED! Don't see your club here? Send listing to email@example.com or ACK Clubs, P.O. Box 520, Ipswich, MA 01938.
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Appalachian Mountain Club
The Appalachian Mountain Club is a good source for finding companions to paddle with. Many AMC chapters sponsor trips, led by AMC volunteers. For more information, go to www.amcoutdoors.org/about/calendar and click on chapter activities or go to the chapter websites listed below.
Narrangansett (Rhode Island) www.amcnarragansett.org
Southeastern Massachusetts www.amcsem.org
New Hampshire www.nhpaddlers.org/
New York/New Jersey
Washington D.C. amc-dc.org/
Knubble Bay Camp & Beal Island Kayaking Weekends
Georgetown, Maine From May through November, the Knubble Bay Camp and Beal Island volunteer committee offers kayaking weekends based at the cabin or the island. The emphasis is on good company, good food, and good times. Weekends are organized around an all-day paddle Saturday and half-day paddle Sunday. Breakfasts and supper are provided, as well as guided explorations into some of the area's most fascinating spots. www.amckbc.org
Brattleboro Outing Club Brattleboro, VT
Membership information is available at the BOC website. For more information, contact Larry McIntosh at (802) 254-3666, or Lmacyak@yahoo.com www.brattleborooutingclub.org
Champlain Kayak Club
Lake Champlain, VT
Club sponsors many trips and events on Lake Champlain throughout the summer. www.ckayak.com.
ConnYak (Connecticut Sea Kayakers) Branford, CT
Year-round paddles of various skill levels. Meetings/guest lecturers. Connyak@connyak.org ; www.connyak.org .
Finger Lakes-Ontario Watershed Paddlers (FLOW) Rochester, NY www.flowpaddlers.org
Maine Assn. of Sea Kayaking Guides & Instructors
MASKGI promotes safe and responsible sea kayaking in Maine and works with such issues as guide licensing; island access/capacity concerns; working with MITA, BPL, and the Marine Patrol; and Inland Fisheries & Wildlife. www.maineseakayakguides.com
Maine Outdoor Adventure Club Portland, ME
Sea kayak trips throughout Maine. www.moac.org
Martha's Vineyard Oar & Paddle Assn. Martha's Vineyard, MA
Contact Dana Gaines at (508) 627-4905 or firstname.lastname@example.org for kayaking trip and event information.
New England Canoe & Kayak Racing Association
A volunteer-run organization dedicated to advancing the sport of canoe and kayak racing to paddlers of all skill levels. www.neckra.org
North Shore Paddlers Network (NSPN) North of Boston, MA
An ACA affiliate, internet based club. Post inquiries on message board. Workshops and trips are free to members; fee for nonmembers. www.nspn.org Rhode Island Canoe & Kayak Assn. Active club serving Rhode Island. Great newsletter. Monthly meetings. Many trips throughout the year, including Adirondacks. www.ricka.org
Southern Maine Sea Kayaking Network
SMSKN is a network of sea kayakers who get together to paddle, learn, and socialize. It's an all-volunteer, non-profit organization, novice to advanced paddlers. Network activities include scheduled paddling trips at locations primariy along the coast of Maine, monthly meetings, shared learning opportunities and practice sessions. Communications are via an emailed newsletter and the website which features event listings and a message board. You are invited to join one of SMSKN's paddles as a prospective member. For more information contact Bob Arledge (email@example.com, (207) 415-1567) or visit the website at www.smskn.org.
Atlantic Sea Kayakers Atlantic Highlands, NJ
Paddlers predominantly located in NJ, NY & PA. Paddle all types of water in all types of weather, year-round. www.atlanticseakayakers.org, or call (732) 291-1104.
Central Jersey Area Canoe & Kayak Club
Paddle coastal waters from Connecticut to South Jersey, the Delaware River, and smaller rivers in New Jersey. Send or e-mail your mailing address to CJACKC, Niels Kistrup, 25 Heritage Court, Ewing, N.J. 08628.
Central New York Paddlers
Weekend trips to Lake Ontario, Skaneateles, and Otsico Lakes, Seneca River and Fish Creek, and others. Also Florida. www.cnykayakclub.com
Chesapeake Paddlers Association, Inc.
700-member organization with nine local chapters from Havre De Grace to Richmond on the Chesapeake Bay. www.cpakayaker.com
Paddler Forums at www.cpakayaker.com/forums/
Cold Spring Kayak Club Poughkeepsie, NY
Trips along the Hudson River; also local creeks and kills. Adirondacks. Skill sessions. www.cskc.org
Hackensack River Canoe & Kayak Club Bogota, NJ Visit www.hrckc.org/ or write HRCKC, P.O. Box 369, Bogota, NJ 07603.
Jersey Shore Sea Kayak Assn.
More than 250 paddlers from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland explore the coastal waterways, lakes, rivers of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and surrounding areas. Paddling trips outside region include Georgian Bay in Canada, Outer Banks of North Carolina, Florida and Gulf Keys, Chester River in Maryland, and even the Bahamas. Also safety practice sessions. Web site with launch site directory. www.jsska.org
Long Island Kayak Club Long Island, NY
More than 100 guided instructional trips throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties. www.LongIslandkayakClub.com
Long Island Paddlers Long Island, NY
Formerly the Nissequogue Canoe & Kayak Club, with trips on Long Island - Great South Bay, Moriches Bay, Peconic Bay, Long Island Sound, as well as Nissequoque, Carmans, Peconic, and Connetquot rivers, and to Thimble Islands, Assateague. www.lipaddlers.org
Metropolitan Assn. of Sea Kayakers (MASK) New York, NY
Paddling trips and events from January through December, from Maine to the Chesapeake. Newsletter, Kayak Launch Sites booklet. www.seacanoe.org
Mohawk Canoe Club Trenton, NJ
Regional canoe and kayak club for New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, founded in 1903 in the Trenton, N.J., area. Day trips on the Delaware, Pine Barrens rivers, and small streams of northern New Jersey. Also moonlight trips, paddles on scenic reservoirs or lakes, D&R Canal. Camping trips in the Adirondacks, Pine Creek, upper and lower Delaware River, Batsto and Mullica Rivers, Harpers Ferry and Greenbrier River. The 500 Mile Medal goes to members who paddle 500 or more miles in a year. www.MohawkCanoeClub.org
North Atlantic Canoe and Kayak (NACK) Long Island N.Y.
Founded by instructors with goals of safety, training, adventure, and fellowship. American Canoe Association "Paddle America Club" and a New York State Not-For-Profit Corporation. www.GetTheNACK.org
Outside Adventures of Western Pennsylvania Pittsburgh, PA
Non-profit, volunteer-run outdoor recreation education program offers classes, lessons, and a varied paddling program. Introductory classes for new paddlers up to advanced expedition tours. Individuals, families, youth organizations, and outings clubs welcome. Longer trips along the East Coast, Great Lakes and Lake Powell. New members welcome. www.outsideadventures.org
Philadelphia Canoe Club Philadelphia, PA
Trips and training from boat house on Schuykill River. Also Acadia National Park, Maine; and Florida. www.philacanoe.org
Sebago Canoe Club Brooklyn, NY Paerdegat Basin, 1400 Paerdegat Basin Ave. North, Foot of Avenue N, Brooklyn, NY 11236-4181. www.sebagocanoeclub.org
Shelter Island Kayak Club Shelter Island, NY
Trips March through November. www.sipaddlerclub.com
Storm Paddle A Sea Kayakerâ€™s Meeting Place
Website-based club for paddlers located in Ontario, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland primarily. www.stormpaddle.com
Three Rivers Rowing Assn. Pittsburgh, PA
Trips and training from two boathouses on the Allegheny River. www.threeriversrowing.org/
Touring Kayak Club City Island, NY
82nd anniversary. Offers two boathouses for kayak storage, lockers, showers, kitchen, beach access, and a large deck and club room. Sponsors Boot Hill Cup race from its boathouse every August. 205 Beach St., City Island, NY 10464; (718) 885-3193. www.touringkayakclub.org
Cape Fear Paddling Assn. Wilmington, NC www.capefearpaddlers.org
Carolina Kayak Club Raleigh, NC www.carolinakayakclub.org
Metro Atlanta Sea Kayakers (MASK) Atlanta, GA http://metroatlantaseakayakers.ning.com/
Crystal Coast Canoe and Kayak Club
POB 671, Morehead City, NC 28557. www.ccckc.org
Florida Sea Kayaking Assn.
3068 North Merlin Dr., Jacksonville, FL. www.clubkayak.com/fska
Indian River Paddlers Club
2628 US-1, Vero Beach, FL; firstname.lastname@example.org www.kayaksetc.com/Indian-River-Paddlers-Club.html
LowCountry Paddlers Charleston, SC
Club members get together once a month year round and paddle one of the scenic areas around the lowcountry area. Also Show-n-Gos. Ralph Earhart, 1591 Holton Place, Charleston, SC 29407 4229. www.lowcountrypaddlers.net
Palm Beach Water Yaks Palm Beach, FL
Paradise Coast Paddlers Club Naples/Marco Island, FL www.paradisecoastpaddlers.com
Paradise Paddlers Key Largo, FL
Nearly 300 members mostly hailing from Southern Florida to Key West but some from far away places such as Colorado and Canada. www.kayakfloridakeys.com/PP/ppclub.htm
Seminole Canoe & Kayak Club
4619 Ortega Farms Cr., Jacksonville, FL 32210. www.flsckc.com
South Florida Bush Paddlers Assn.
9600 SW 93rd Ave. Miami, FL. www.bushpaddlers.org
South Florida Sea Kayak Club
237 Velard Ave., Coral Gables, FL 33134; email@example.com
Southwest Florida Paddling Club, Fort Myers/Naples
Paddling almost every weekend: long and short day trips, kayak and car camping trips. Current trips and messages are listed:http://yahoo.com/groups/swflpc. Call listed coordinators for questions about trips.Â Other questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tampa Bay Sea Kayakers St. Petersburg, FL
Call (727) 898-2907, write P.O. Box 12263, St. Petersburg, FL 33733-2263 or go to www.clubkayak.com/tbsk
West Florida Canoe & Kayak Club
POB 17023, Pensacoloa, FL 32522. www.clubkayak.com/wfckc/
Western North Carolina Kayak Club
WNCKayaking.com is a group that is open to all paddlers interested in kayaking from any location. Membership in WNCKayaking.com is open to all paddlers interested in sharing the diverse activities associated with this sport. wnckayaking.com/
Chicago Area Sea Kayak Assn. (CASKA) Chicago, IL
For over twenty years, CASKA has promoted sea kayaking in the Chicago area. CASKA welcomes paddlers of all experience levels and believes in safe paddling practices. www.caska.org
Chicago Kayak Club Evanston, IL
The Chicago Kayak Club, with 328 members, has over 100 outings and events each year.Â Check out their trip reports to see what they do. www.chicagokayak.org
Great Lakes Sea Kayaking Club
Organizers of the well-attended annual symposium every July near Pictured Rocks in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The club also publishes a newsletter five times a year. email@example.com or www.glsks.org
Inland Sea Kayakers
P.O. Box 80331
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408
Inland Sea Kayakers (ISK) is an organization of sea kayaking enthusiasts who enjoy sharing trips, sharing information, and improving their skills. Trips to Lake Superior, Lake Mille Lacs, Voyageurs National Park, Mississippi and St. Croix rivers. Wednesday night paddles on Lake Calhoun.
Traverse Area Paddle Club (TAPC) Traverse City, MI
Kayakers in northwestern lower Michigan. www.traverseareapaddleclub.org
West Michigan Coastal Kayakers Assn. Frankfurt, MI
USA Qajaq USA (American Greenland-style Kayaking Organization).
American chapter of Qaannat Kattuffiat (Greenland Kayak Association). Web site includes membership info, Greenland kayaking info, including events, video clips, online newsletter, active forum and more. Visit www.qajaqusa.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org