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Planning a youth group overnight kayak trip. Planning on doing 10-15 miles per day. is this accomplishable with a group of unexperienced kayakers?
 

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There are a lot of variables......

What is the current like on the stretch you plan on paddling?
How old are the kids?
How many hours do you want to spend paddling each day?


Me, a friend of mine and our boys just did a three day trip down the Delaware water gap. Put in around noon on Friday and took out around 1 or 2 Sunday afternoon.
We paddled around 15 miles on Saturday and got off the water a little later than I would have liked to. I was tired and ready to set up camp before we actually did. But that is solo paddling a 16' canoe and the river was pretty low so not much current and a headwind here and there.

I would prefer to do less miles and spend more time in camp, fishing, ect.
 

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which branch? i do a trip of that size a couple times a year with my boys on the raystown branch and you have to really watch the water level or it can turn out miserable. also, i have found that a lot of kayaks are not all that comfortable for sitting long periods and our backs get sore. by day two we are usually pretty sore. its fun, but if the boys are younger than about 15 it could be a bit much.
 

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which branch? i do a trip of that size a couple times a year with my boys on the raystown branch and you have to really watch the water level or it can turn out miserable. also, i have found that a lot of kayaks are not all that comfortable for sitting long periods and our backs get sore. by day two we are usually pretty sore. its fun, but if the boys are younger than about 15 it could be a bit much.
That's why I have a canoe with nice seats and back rest.
Let the kids take the kayak and my wife and I float on the canoe. we are like the supply vehicle. When they get hungury or thirsty they stop by.
 

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I spend a fair amount of time in a kayak....and 10 to 15 miles on consecutive days is going to be a tad hard on the body. I did about 12 miles a couple weeks ago on the Lehigh (about 5 hrs) and I wouldn't have wanted to do the same the next day.
 

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i prefer a canoe for comfort for sure. i have the seat backs and pads for mine and it is nice. however it draws a lot more water than my yak and in the raystown branch near my place they are only good until about mid-june usually due to water level. with my yak i can usually float just about anytime. it slides over rocks a lot better than my canoe. i am going to fabricate some kind of seat for my yak one of these days with a higher back and butt pad. i have some ideas, i just need to get some materials and initiative.
 
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