Looking for some breathtakingly beautiful places to explore atop your paddle board? Here’s our list of the top 8 places to SUP in the US. Make sure you put these iconically American places on your paddleboarding bucklist!
Grand Teton National Park is the kind of place that will leave an imprint on you. Picture the crystal waters of Snake River flowing through lakes and Jackson Hole, its lush valley. Wildlife like moose, bison and bald eagles are abundant here with a backdrop of rugged rocky mountains.
What better way to experience this park than standing on its calm waters? If you’re not comfortable paddling on a river, try Jenny Lake, a pristine lake carved out by glaciers 12,000 years ago. Combine this trip with hiking around the lake’s beautiful and easy trail around the rugged mountain landscape and sky blues.
Lake Powell should be experienced on a paddleboard at least once in a lifetime! The rock formations that surround it were carved out millions of years ago by wind, erosion form the Colorado River and volcanic lava. It is the second largest man-made lake in the United States.
Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America located at an elevation of 1,645 feet. From mountain biking to black jack (on the Nevada side), Lake Tahoe truly has it all. But what always attracts paddleboarders is the water. Lake Tahoe’s are the bluest of blues: turquoise in some parts and deep emerald in others.
Two hours away from Sacramento, California, it’s a great lake option for Californians who are craving a dose of sweet-water flatwater paddling.
Mineral deposits on the colorful sandstone cliffs are an emblematic sight at Pictured Rock National Lakeshore. Stop by one of the many visitor centers on your way in to the park to plan your paddle. You can also camp at one of the park’s 14 campsites and explore its archways, sand dunes and waterfalls for several days.
The park also includes several historic sites like its 1874 lighthouse. The best months to go in terms of weather are April through June.
Caddo Lake looks like a scene from a movie. Its magnificent cypress trees make up what some say to be the largest cypress tree forest in the world. It is a protected wetland that is perfect for flatwater paddling and exploring. Keep your eyes wide open as you may spot a few alligators in the water. But that’s not all, this lake has been the sight of hundreds of alleged Bigfoot sightings!
Combine this trip with some excellent bass fishing. There are many lodging options in the area or you can choose to camp. Get to this lake in about 3 hours from both Dallas, Texas and Lafayette, Louisiana.
Crater Lake is one of those places you have to see in person to really appreciate. Think about it, it formed nearly 8,000 years ago after the collapse of Mount Mazama. It is considered a spiritual site by local indigenous people, the Klamath. Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the US and is surrounded by cliffs up to 2,000 feet tall.
Tip: because of its high altitude, the weather can drop down pretty low. Go prepared. There are two visitor centers that you can visit upon arrival to get situated. It is open and accessible year-round and has many lodging and camping options.
Have you ever dreamed of padding up to a glacier? We love the raw power and stunning beauty of Glacier Bay, designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Sight and a Biosphere Reserve. You will see a vast array of wildlife both in the water and on the shore line.
Start at Bartlett Cove, headquarters for Glacier National Park. You may want to bring an inflatable paddleboard for ease of travel. The best time to go is in May and June, the months with the least rainfall.
This American Heritage River offers paddlers smooth paddling conditions. Start paddling from Hanalei Bay (pictured on the right) up to the Route 560 Bridge. That will take about an hour. Passed the bridge you will find it becomes more lush. This river is surrounded by many taro fields. In fact, most of Hawaii’s taro is grown here!
Once you’ve seen enough, you can return downstream and let the river take you back to the beautiful bay, all the while enjoy teeming birdlife and river turtles.
We hope you have enjoyed our list of the top 8 places to SUP in the US! Feel free to comment on your favorite places to paddleboard.