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22 Jun 2022
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Vail & BC Activities

Take The Plunge! 

When the summer heat continues into fall, it’s the perfect time to head to the water to cool off. If you would rather float on top than watch from the shore, then paddle sports may be for you. From Stand-up Paddleboarding (SUP) to kayaking to canoeing, paddle sports offer something for everyone of any age and ability. With plenty of places to rent gear, adding a day on the water to your vacation itinerary is a must then head to one of Vail’s favorite lakes for some fun.  And bring your water-loving dog too- they enjoy a good ride!


Stand-up paddleboarding (often referred to as SUP) has become a rage in water sports, rising in popularity as a fun way for people of any age to feel like they can walk on water. A great family sport, inflatable paddleboards fold into a backpack, can be taken anywhere, and are easy to inflate. Also a great low impact cardio workout, paddleboarding works your core strength, arm and leg muscles, and balance.

Kayaking in Colorado


Kayaking is easier than you might think and a great way to feel stable and glide around the water. Many kayaks can hold more than one person, with sit on top options that are great for kids or sit inside options for a streamlined ride. You only need a few basic skills to paddle a kayak in calm lake conditions, with the forward stroke and sweep stroke for turning.

Canoeing in Colorado


Canoes are an age-old watercraft, great for longer adventures, more people and more gear. Canoes are easier to move around in adjust your sitting position, and require just a few basic paddling skills if you are just playing around for the day.

Great spots for watercraft in the Vail Area

Piney Lake

Just 12 miles from Vail, located at Piney River Ranch, this 40-acre retreat is a beautiful must-see lake for a day of paddlesports and adventure. Located next to the spectacular Gore Range, activities include SUP, canoeing, hiking to the falls, camping, and enjoying nature.

Nottingham Lake

Located in Avon with beautiful views of the Vail Valley, Nottingham Lake is the place to go for a family paddlesports adventure, with rentals, lessons, and plenty of fun to be had.

Sylvan Lake State Park 

Located 30 minutes south of Eagle and surrounded by the White River National Forest, Sylvan Lake is a 42-acre lake, attracting plenty of paddlesport enthusiasts. Plan to spend the day or night with plenty of picnic areas, camping and hikers can enjoy more than 7 miles of trails.

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