Tips and Tricks for Your Canoe Camping Adventure in Nebraska

Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Tips and Tricks for Your Canoe Camping Adventure in Nebraska

Spring is here and the snow is melting. For some of us, that means it’s time to break out our camping gear and head into the great outdoors. For others, it means we just need to switch out our winter gear for our summer gear! Regardless of if you’re a seasonal camper or a year-round enthusiast, the water’s warming up and that means it’s also time to break out the canoe. If you’re a seasoned canoeing champion or just beginning, follow these tips to make sure you get the best of both worlds on your next canoe camping river vacation in Nebraska.

Choose the Right Equipment
There are many places that will let you rent a canoe for the afternoon. Before you invest your money into a canoe that might not be the best fit for you, try one out. If you’re going to become serious about canoeing, you have to be sure you have the right one. What feels sturdy and comfortable one day, might not feel the same the next. Learn about the different types of boat designs. Knowing the difference between designs will help you make the best decision available. The same advice should be noted for paddles. Not every paddle and canoe are the same. Some are different lengths and are meant to traverse different types of waters. Most salesman will have a good knowledge about canoes and be able to help you out. Try out a variety of canoes to see which one is right for you. If you plan on going canoe camping, you’re going to want a comfortable canoe for your river vacation.

Understand the Terrain
Do some research before you randomly pick a spot to go canoe camping. Ask one some of the local state rangers or guides at your campsite about what to expect on the river you’ll be traversing. The knowledge that you can get from these people about the terrain you’re about to explore will be priceless for your river vacation. Regardless of how much canoeing experience you have, make sure you always have the proper safety equipment. Always wear a life jacket, and make sure that your life jacket fits properly. If you plan on going canoeing alone, make sure you let someone know where you’re going and when you intend on getting back.

Be Prepared For Everything
Part of the excitement of canoe camping is not knowing what you’ll find. Make sure you’re prepared for the good and the occasional unfortunate accident for your river vacation. Make sure your canoe is equipped with a whistle to warn other boats of your presence. In fact, carrying a whistle in your canoe is required by law in some states. Make sure that each canoe has a sponge and a hand bailer to help keep things dry in the boat. When you make camp every night, unload the canoe in the camp and turn it upside down to dry it out. Rope and bungee cords can be used to secure everything in the boat. Don’t take things with you that you won’t mind losing. Nobody wants to see their $200 sunglasses sink to the bottom of the river. In addition, keep things like keys and monkey in a waterproof container. Clothing should be kept in dry bags. Make sure your food is kept in coolers with locking lids. Organize your belongings into cooking, sleeping, cleaning and hygiene categories for easy access. Finally, make sure you have a good first aid kit in a waterproof container securely strapped inside the canoe. This first aid kit should contain basic medical supplies, a spare flashlight, waterproof matches, and spare cell phone.

Canoe camping is a great hobby and one that truly makes you feel like you’re away from it all. With so many places to explore, canoe camping is such a great way to experience the seclusion of the campsite and the isolation of nature. Be sure to check us out. We offer canoeing trips and camping sites for all of your river vacation needs.