Autumn Equinox – Summer Ends and Fall Begins!

Tomorrow, September 22, is officially the Autumn Equinox! Although Labor Day weekend is a sure sign that summer is coming to an end, this transition does not officially occur until the Equinox!

Question: What the heck is an equinox? Sounds like a Pokémon!
Answer: Although it sounds like an evolution from Onix (a classic rock type Pokémon); it is simply a time of the year where night and day are nearly the same length (12 hours). The word ‘equinox’ is derived from Latin meaning “equal night”.

To dive deeper and fully understand this, take a look at the diagrams below:

Earth’s Axis is tilted at an angle of about 23.4°. Due to this tilt, either the Southern or Northern Hemisphere is tilted towards the Sun. Only on the equinoxes [Spring & Autumn], the tilt of the Earth’s axis is perpendicular to the Sun’s rays.

Here’s what the equinox means for us:
With the seasons changing we will soon be packing up our Kayaks and Stand Up Paddle boards. Friendly reminder that the annual Oktoberfest Appleton Locks paddle will be taking place in a week and we recommend booking your gear rental in advance – tandem and single kayaks are available! Click here—Book online now!



3 Tips for Kayaking with your Dog!

1. Training
All dogs have their own personalities – understanding this and preparing them for a kayak outing is best for success! Otherwise you might be caught trying to simply keep the dog in the kayak or easing their mind from the panic of water all around them the whole time. Getting acclimated with the vessel, gear, and commands in the kayak will serve up awesome relaxing times on the water. Slow, incremental training is recommended instead of jumping right into the deep end.

2. Dog to kayak Size
There are big dogs, little dogs and every kind of dog in the middle. Make sure the weight and size of the dog is appropriate with the kayak so you won’t capsize. Checking weight capacity of the kayak is a helpful guide. Bigger dogs going in a double kayak should be positioned in the front. Smaller dogs may be comfortable sitting in between or around your legs. In general, dogs are happier in a sit-on-top kayak as it provides more free space to move around.

3. Gear and Accessories
Some helpful items to remember:
– PFD [Personal Floatation Device]
– Collar/Harness
– Water
– Food/treats
– Bowl

Hitting the water with a paddler’s best friend is great! Simply be prepared, be in tune with your dog’s needs, and stay safe! Paddle with Us!


Leave No Trace Principles


When you enjoy the outdoors long enough you are bound to run across the concept of ‘Leave No Trace’. Although some may think of ninjas quietly passing, it’s simply a best practice guide to ensure that our natural spaces stay protected for everyone to enjoy for years to come!

The 7 Leave No Trace Principles:

  • Plan ahead and prepare.
  • Travel and camp on durable surfaces.
  • Dispose of waste properly.
  • Leave what you find.
  • Minimize campfire impacts.
  • Respect wildlife.
  • Be considerate of other visitors.


You can learn more here @LNT!


Used Gear Sale

The time has come for us to renew our fleet of kayaks for next season! We are selling our used gear in October for great savings!

Single and tandem kayaks are available. Gear is well-loved (AKA used), so kayaks have scuffs and/or scratches, but are in good working condition and will still be able to take a continuous beating for years to come.

Here are some details for those interested:

• Ocean Kayak Scrambler 11 (Single) – MSRP: $600 – Sale: $400
• Ocean Kayak Malibu Two XL (Tandem) – MSRP: $900 – Sale: $600
• TRY BEFORE YOU BUY! If you are thinking about buying but want to test the gear first, you can rent a kayak for 2 hours and if you choose to buy it, the cost of the rental will go towards the purchase of the kayak. (Note: this applies only to the rental rate – rental delivery charge cannot go towards buying the kayak.)
• Rate includes kayak and seat. Paddles and PFDs are not included.
• Supplies are limited, so order early! We are currently accepting orders, and gear will be ready for pick up in early October (need to get through this season with it first!)

If you have any other questions feel free to contact us!

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