Whether you want to explore the lakes or the Delaware River, there are so many opportunities for kayaking in the Poconos. Whichever you choose to explore, the mountains’ gorgeous scenery provides the best backdrop for kayaking in Pennsylvania. Don’t worry about bringing any gear on your trip, plenty of businesses in the area allow you to rent whatever you need. The nature can be incredibly romantic, so grab that special someone and check out the best kayak rental companies in the region.
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Where to Rent Gear If You’re Kayaking in the Poconos
Kayaking the Lakes of the Poconos
Lake Naomi Club
This Platinum-rated club offers kayak rentals in two-hour, half-day, or full-day increments. You’re sure to have a relaxing day paddling atop the cool waters of the deep blue Lake Naomi. The lush, surrounding forest makes for a picturesque and therapeutic view. Once you get your fill of kayaking, you can lay out on the beach or get a bite to eat at one of Lake Naomi Club’s restaurants.
Pine Crest Marina
You can explore Lake Wallenpaupack at your own pace when you rent a kayak from Pine Crest Marina. The marina offers kayaks by the hour, which also gives you more freedom in how you want to spend your day. Paddleboards, pedal boats, and motorboats are also available at the marina.
Wallenpaupack Boat Tours & Rentals
If you don’t have much experience kayaking, Wallenpaupack Boat Tours & Rentals is a great option because they provide paddle instruction and life jackets with their kayak rentals. You can rent a single or tandem kayak for one hour, two hours, or half a day. The company also rents out paddleboards and pontoon boats.
Kayaking the Delaware Water Gap
This company holds a license from the National Park Service and has been running trips on the Delaware River since 1969. Paddle down the waterway as you catch glimpses of the abundant wildlife and vibrant greenery of the Poconos. Adventure Sports offers several excursions. One-day trips are best for beginners and last anywhere from three to six hours. If you’re looking for even more adventure, two-day and three-day trips are available. You get to choose between a kayak or canoe, while rafts are available on one-day adventures.
Despite the name, you can, in fact, rent a kayak from Chamberlain Canoes. They actually offer canoes, kayaks, rafts, and tubes. Pack a cooler and enjoy kayaking in the Poconos with a day trip or overnight camping on the Delaware River.
Edge of the Woods Outfitters
Choose from a variety of scenic trips with Edge of the Woods Outfitters. Great for both large groups and families, they offer family-friendly excursions and self-guided tours down stretches of the Delaware Water Gap. Make sure to keep an eye out for eagle nests as you float along. They provide many other water sports, from inflatable kayaks to both single and tandem kayaks to canoes to rafts.
Lander’s River Trips
The family-owned and operated Lander’s River Trips has six different kayak launch locations into the Delaware River. Their trips range from five to 15 miles with the option of a single or tandem kayak. They also provide canoeing, rafting, and tubing adventures.
Although Kittatinny Canoes specializes in its namesake boat, it also offers several different kayak trips ranging from two and a half hours to five hours. Whether you’re looking for a calm trip or one filled with whitewater, this family business has something for you. Like many other rental companies on this list, Kittatinny Canoes also offers canoeing, rafting, and tubing.
Settle Down at Mountaintop Lodge
Our lodge sits among tranquility near the shores of Lake Naomi, perfect for both recreation and relaxation. Let the beauty of Northeastern Pennsylvania allow you to unplug and reconnect with that special person in your life. As a guest here, you can expect attentive service in an atmosphere that just feels like home.
Make the most of your romantic mountain getaway and add our “I Love You” Every Day of the Year package to your stay! Show your sweetheart just how much they mean to you with a beautiful six-rose floral arrangement in a vase; a bottle of chilled white wine, red wine, or sparkling cider; two souvenir Mountaintop Lodge ceramic coffee mugs; and gourmet truffles and chocolate-covered strawberries from a local chocolate shop. Plus, every stay includes a daily, made-to-order breakfast. The menu has options for your sweet or savory tooth plus seasonal offerings. As your day ends, sit back with a glass of wine in one of the rocking chairs on our sweeping front porch.
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