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Cole Crawford
(CDC43339) - F

Locale: Omaha
Canoe / Hike on 05/30/2013 07:42:05 MDT Print View

Hi all,

Looking for suggestions for a 5(ish) day trip that combines hiking and canoeing. Ideally, we would canoe in the morning and get to camp by around 2 or 3, and still have plenty of time for a few solid side trails. There would have to be canoe rentals and shuttle service available. I've never done a canoe trip before (heavy rapids are out), so if anyone has suggestions for location or general tips those would be welcome as well.

I am located in Omaha, NE and would want to stay within 1 day of driving - about 12 hours at the maximum. Shoot any ideas my way!

Ben Crocker
(alexdrewreed) - M

Locale: Kentucky
Canoe / Hike on 05/30/2013 07:53:05 MDT Print View

The Buffalo River of Arkansas fits your description pretty well. Its a fun river with good fish, scenery, and camping. We did 3 days there last year and really had a great time. We did not do the trails but I know there are lots of good trails in the area too. Really, the river was so nice, it was hard to talk ourselves into a trail.

Canoe rental is plentiful and there is really nothing more than class 2+ on the river.

Ben H.
(bzhayes) - F

Locale: So. California
Re: Canoe / Hike on 05/30/2013 17:47:26 MDT Print View

I think the boundary waters (BWCA) would fit the bill nicely. You can rent canoes in Ely, MN.

Sylvania Wilderness in the Ottawa National Forest (UP of Michigan) is another good option much like the BWCA though scaled down a bit and less developed so you may have to drive a little ways for a rental canoe.

With the boat ride, Isle Royale would probably end to far out of your driving requirement, but it would be something to ponder.

Edited by bzhayes on 05/30/2013 17:49:04 MDT.

Cole Crawford
(CDC43339) - F

Locale: Omaha
West on 06/03/2013 14:30:53 MDT Print View

Any ideas for something further west? I've always wanted to do a Colorado or Wyoming trip.

Jason Johnson
(etex9799) - F
Canoe/Hike on 07/09/2013 08:13:11 MDT Print View

+1 on the Buffalo River idea. I have been all over the US and I cant get enough of the Buffalo River. Lots of mountain creeks for water, cool hikes, the tallest waterfall between the Rockies and the Apps (Hemmed in Hollow). Trails that go into caves, big bluff/goat trail/ Hawksbill Crag, Lost Canyon, Indian Creek, Eye of the Needle, the only Federally protected ex- Gold Rush town (Rush) is on the trail, the Buffalo River was the 1st Federally protected River in the U nited States and for good reason, by all means consider the Buffalo River.