Get a recreational kayak. They are fun on lakes and slow rivers, very stable, ranging from 25" to 30" wide. Wider="less tippy", long="faster". Easy to fish, paddle, take the family out in. Find them at Galyan's, Gart's, and Sam's. Price $300-$1000. You can learn to roll them...but if you flip, you'll probably just fall out. The cockpits are huge. Some find Sit-On-Tops (SOT) enjoyable, but in Colorado lakes/rivers, they are just too cold. Maybe OK in Virgina.
Example, my brother will not whitewater, but yakfishes Class II rivers in a Swifty ($300), and lake tours in a Carolina 16' ($950). They can carry alot of gear and suitcases of beer. But, I warn you...they are like Mopeds, fun to ride, but don't park it next to a Harley.
Yes I am a pirate, two hundred years too late. The cannons don't thunder, there's nothin' to plunder. I'm an over forty victim of fate.