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Boat Speed

beekeeper

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Saw a post on an outdoor forum about long distant paddling. A statement was made that a kayak paddler traveling the length of the Mississippi River paddled 35 to 112 miles per day.
I don't paddle long distances or very long at one time, nor do I have a kayak, but 112 miles in one day seems extreme to me. Only way I'm paddling more than 15 min. at one time is if the fishing hole is 20 min. away. :rolleyes:
 

oldbuffpilot

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Saw a post on an outdoor forum about long distant paddling. A statement was made that a kayak paddler traveling the length of the Mississippi River paddled 35 to 112 miles per day.
I don't paddle long distances or very long at one time, nor do I have a kayak, but 112 miles in one day seems extreme to me. Only way I'm paddling more than 15 min. at one time is if the fishing hole is 20 min. away. :rolleyes:
Even at that I'd stop to fish a few spots!
 

beekeeper

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Had not considered the current. Seems normal current is 1.2 to 3 miles per hour. That would help.
I can think of better and safer things to do than paddle for that many hours on the Mississippi. Everybody has their own game they like. I'm glad every body does not like to pirogue fish. It would be awful crowded up the bayou.
 

jdupre'

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Futher research finds 7 mph is a bit high. 1.5 to 3 mph is more realistic. Added on to the 3 mph current, a 3.5 mph kayak speed still makes for a heck of a day of paddling to approach 100 miles. I don't think I was EVER young enough to tackle a trip down Ole Muddy in a paddlecraft.
 

oldsparkey

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There is a critter or should I say critters out there hyped up on how fast they can do a trail. The trail can be either a hiking one like the Appalachian Trail or a bike trail across the USA.
I can see where there would be the same critter interested in setting a speed record for paddling a river. A kayak designed for speed could cover some water , especially if they are using a ground crew for support.
It would take the fun out of it for me , I like going slow and even spending an extra day at a good campsite.
 

Kayak Jack

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JD, I’ve paddled and camped Lake Veret. Joey Dupre guided the trip out there interesting area. I made sure to stick close by Joey, so I could get back out. (It ain’t so interesting that I want to remain there.)