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Old 06-25-2007   #1
 
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A Few Questions To Kayaking

IM completely new to kayaking, but i wanna get started at making this an important hobby. Im from Mobile, Alabama(bottom of the state) and i was wondering where would be some nice places as a novice to go kayaking in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Lousianna. Also, what is a good beginner kayak. Thanks for the advice. Brian

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IM completely new to kayaking, but i wanna get started at making this an important hobby. Im from Mobile, Alabama(bottom of the state) and i was wondering where would be some nice places as a novice to go kayaking in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Lousianna. Also, what is a good beginner kayak. Thanks for the advice. Brian
post this on boatertalk.com as well. it's a more SE based forum, and you'll prolly get more info on that area from boatertalk than from this website.
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Try Arkansas & Tenn.

Arkansas:

Cossatot
Baker's
Mulberry
Richland,
and a host of others....

It's mostly rain-driven to crank up the levels, last I knew, they were still in drought mode, but that may have changed and I haven't been following the weather patterns for that area

Tenn:

Ocoee...'nuff said

Just make sure you go with people who know those rivers if you hit them. Cossatot can be a mean mother at high flows (5.5' to 7+ feet on the gauge).
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none of those arkansas runs listed suit a beginner paddler. The mulberry is one that you would find easy though. Look into the spring river, big piney, the ouachita. If you are ever in this area that is.

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my bad

there are stretches of the Cossatot that are beginner friendly, before the Esses, and really after that is okay. I was thinking the put-in at at the Hwy 246 bridge east of Hwy 71. By no means would I want to send him down the Esses or Falls.

Baker has some nice Class III on it when he gets ready for that. Mulberry is pretty much all Class II. The lower section of Richland is rated Class II/III, but is doable by a beginner with a decent roll. The Buffalo, Cadron and Cedar are good too.
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