The Best Places to Paddleboard – Part 3
Part three of the best places to paddleboard is our concluding part, and we take you to some of the most dramatic places on the globe to enjoy your favorite pastime. First, we travel up to the exquisite Lake Tahoe before taking to the sun of the Galapagos Islands to quickly change our clothes to head to chilly Alaska.
Many people head out to California to visit the stupendous Lake Tahoe in the impressive Sierra Nevada mountains. The lake is one of the most incredible natural beauties in the whole of North America, circled by the majestic peaks of towering mountains the lake is a mesmerizing topaz blue. This stunningly blue water is so clear that it is possible to see as far as seventy feet down. You can take your board and paddle out to Fannette Island and take a stroll up to the lodge that acts as a great tea house. The wildlife in and around Lake Tahoe is stunning, so expect to see beavers, bears, fish, ospreys and magnificent eagles.
The Galapagos Islands are located in the Pacific Ocean and are actually owned by Ecuador. One day the magical islands just popped up out of the sea and now are home to an immense marine reserve which is basically a living museum. There are actually nineteen islands that form the archipelago and are now part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The location of the islands makes it a superb place for paddleboarders to visit, as there are large sections of calm waters and lagoons that are crammed full of wildlife that you cannot see anywhere else on the planet. Animal and marine life is simply stupendous with species such as giant tortoises, flightless cormorants and marine iguanas to name just three. Charles Darwin visited the Galapagos Islands in 1835 and due to his research on the remarkable wildlife, fauna and flora, he was inspired to write the Theory of Evolution. It is a remarkable place for anybody to visit and seeing it on a paddleboard makes it extra special.
Alaska is full of waterways that are just waiting to be discovered, and slowly the paddleboard fraternity is realizing its full potential. Anchorage now has a number of paddleboarding schools where novices can learn how to stand up and paddle. Alaska has many places that scream out for paddleboarders, such as Wasilla Lake in the Matanuska Valley which is a great place for families to have fun on the water of all types. Just plan for the Alaskan weather and everything will be perfect.
Alaskan natives have navigated the numerous waterways of Alaska for centuries by boat, and the state has twenty-five officially designated National Wild Scenic Rivers, not to mention the numerous picturesque lakes that are fairly unoccupied and ideal for paddleboarders. We conclude our long paddle around the world in Alaska, during our epic paddleboard adventure our boards have taken us to some of the ultimate water to enjoy this great pastime. So, pack your dry bags and wet-suits and get prepared for an adventure of a lifetime.