This time of year, many Oklahoma kayakers start seeking more southern destinations for their paddling adventures. Southern climates tend to be warmer as winter settles in on my part of Oklahoma. Even today's forecast calls for Okmulgee to slog through a misty 50 degree day while Broken Bow, Oklahoma is expecting to enjoy a 73 degree day of warm winter sun.
Oklahoma's new Flatwater Paddlers Group is discussing some cold water paddling trips. So far, the suggested sites include Caddo Lake in Texas and maybe even a three day trip to Lafayette, Louisiana.
Caddo Lake in Texas
Both sound like great trips to me. I have long wanted to visit Lousiana and I have been planning on making a trip to Caddo Lake for awhile now. I even went as far as starting a Texas Kayaking Page listing canoe and kayak rentals, cabins and the Texas paddling spots I long to visit. Caddo Lake sits on the Texas and Louisiana border in North East Texas and North West Louisiana. The Cypress tree thickets and Spanish Moss on Caddo Lake make it very different from the lakes here in Northeastern Oklahoma. It sounds perfect for some Kayak Photography.
Long Lake Resort in Poteau
Another spot that I have been considering is Long Lake Resort in Poteau, Oklahoma. I still need to give them a call and find out what their policies are on allowing kayaking on their two private lakes. The two private lakes, Long Lake and Terrell Lake, are natural lakes stocked with fish. Each lake is approximately 45 to 50 acres in size and the cabins (some with a jacuzzi) are apparently right by the water. It sounds like some nice sheltered water nestled in the beautiful Ouachita Mountains.
If you have paddled these areas or have some other southern paddling destination to suggest...leave us a comment on the blog!
Of course another winter paddlers option is taking some small pleasure from Kayaking Books like this Texas Paddling Guide: Paddling the Wild Neches (Texas A&M Nature Guides) of course paddling books are only cold comfort and can't compare to actually getting out there!