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So far, I've kayaked to an island and just hung out with a hammock and a campfire. This weekend I was hoping to camp overnight for the first time, but Tropical Storm Joaquin has me holding off. :-/

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These days most of my kayak camping is on the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds, though I'm headed to the Boundary Waters and Quetico Wilderness this fall. I've been canoe camping for over fifty years and

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My hammock is under the tarp in the upper left corner of the picture.  How to keep sand out?  Take off your shoes before climbing in the hammock.

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These days most of my kayak camping is on the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds, though I'm headed to the Boundary Waters and Quetico Wilderness this fall. I've been canoe camping for over fifty years and kayak camping over twenty-five years.

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So you have a list of things you normally take on a trip? I'm trying to figure out what I need and can take in a kayak. I've considered towing something that floats for extra capacity.

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Nice OBX! I haven't done much sand camping (used to use a jet-ski for the odd overnight out of Tampa Bay. How do you keep all the sand out? :)

My hammock is under the tarp in the upper left corner of the picture.  How to keep sand out?  Take off your shoes before climbing in the hammock.

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So you have a list of things you normally take on a trip? I'm trying to figure out what I need and can take in a kayak. I've considered towing something that floats for extra capacity.

I'll try to attach a list I used for a Maine trip a few years ago.  It all fits inside my Looksha IV kayak.  I certainly would not tow anything.  Instead, cut back on unnecessary gear.

Here's the list:

Summer Gear Checklist

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item

 

 

 

Cliff Ritt

 

 

 

 

Group Gear: 

(shared group items)

 

 

 

 

 

waterproof maps (at least 1 set per boat)

 

 

extra kayak paddle

1

 

first aid kit

1

 

small wood saw

1

 

cooking tarp (one/group)

1

 

Fire permits (p/u @ ranger or fire warden)

1

 

 

 

 

Canoeing Gear:

 

 

kayak

1

 

life jacket

2

 

paddle

3

 

Paddle float

2

 

pump

2

 

portage backpack

1

 

compass

1

 

 

 

 

Clothing (summer)

 

 

dry bag(s) for clothing

1

 

1 pr. Convertible long/short pants

1

 

2 T-shirts (quick dry)

2

 

Merino wool socks

1

 

1 hat with visor

1

 

1 pr. Gloves

1

 

1 long underwear shirt

1

 

1 mid-weight shirt

1

 

1 fleece pullover

1

 

1 set rain gear (top & pants)

1

 

 

 

 

1 pr water shoes

1

 

    stocking cap

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shelter & Sleeping Gear

 

 

Down top quilt

1

 

dry bag for sleeping quilts

1

 

underquilt

1

 

Hammock

2

 

ground cloth

1

 

tarp

1

 

      Tent

1

 

      footprint

1

 

 

 

 

Cooking & Food Preparation

 

 

food pack (Urasack)

1

 

cooking kit containing at least:

 

 

1 cup

2

 

1 plate

2

 

silverware

2

 

water filter (gravity style base camp)

1

 

    one pot

1

 

    one spatula/spoon

3

 

Leatherman tool or pliers

1

 

backpacking burner

2

 

stove fuel

2

 

waterproof matches

1

 

spare lighter

1

 

Biodegradable dish soap

1

 

Nalgene water bottle

1

 

garbage bags (6 lg.; 14 gal. zip locks)

1

 

Dish cleaning sponge

1

 

 

 

 

Food Supplies

 

 

Breakfast

 

 

Lunch

 

 

Dinner

 

 

GORP/snacks

 

 

 

 

 

Personal Hygiene and Safety

 

 

toilet paper

1

 

toothbrush

1

 

toothpaste

1

 

sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher)

1

 

 

 

 

Insect Protection

 

 

mosquito repellant

1

 

 

 

 

Miscellaneous

 

 

pocket knife

1

 

flashlight

1

 

spare batteries

1

 

compass

1

 

Duct tape (6 ft.)

1

 

latrine trowel

1

 

 

 

 

Optional

 

 

collapsible chair

1

 

head lamp

1

 

fishing gear

1

 

Fishing license

 

 

 

 

 

pole and reel

2

 

lures

Too many

 

filet knife

1

 

stringer

1

 

camera

1

 

50’ parachute cord

1

 

 

 

 

         

 

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Anyone know of canoe/kayak camping destinations in Michigan?  I've been canoeing and kayaking for many years but have never done an overnight.

No personal experience, but from backpacking the MRT / NCT loop several years ago the Manistee River looked as though it could be promising, although there might be a couple dams to contend with. If I were in the area and looking for a canoe trip I'd check out Algonquin Provincial Park in Canada which should be an easy day's drive - many established canoe routes lake to lake and perfect for canoeing from what I've seen on a few backpacking trips out that way.

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Thanks Aaron!  I'm actually in northern Indiana but there's not a lot of wilderness in my part of the state.  I was thinking Manistee would be a possibility but I'll definitely check out Algonquin in Canada.  I doubt kayaking will ever replace hiking/backpacking for me but I thought it might be fun change of pace.  I've enjoyed the day trips I've done close to home.

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Thanks Aaron!  I'm actually in northern Indiana but there's not a lot of wilderness in my part of the state.  I was thinking Manistee would be a possibility but I'll definitely check out Algonquin in Canada.  I doubt kayaking will ever replace hiking/backpacking for me but I thought it might be fun change of pace.  I've enjoyed the day trips I've done close to home.

I've been meaning to head back to Algonquin one of these days - have been on 3 backpacking trips there and it's a pretty unique place. There is so much water that a canoe / kayak may make more sense than hitting the backcountry on foot. :)

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