Once you have the details sorted out, it’s a good idea to think about how things will work once you’re “on trail.” Visit the Beginner’s Guide How-to section for tips on everything from packing a pack to loading a canoe to dealing with inclement weather.
With thorough planning, launch day will find you with everything you need – and at the very least, the essentials. Before you set out, check in with the officials at your destination. They’ll have the most up-to-date information on water levels, fire danger and animal activity. After that, you’re ready for the adventure to begin. Hopefully you won’t find that you’ve left your raincoat at home just as it begins to rain, and you’ll be able to focus on one of life’s greatest pleasures: canoeing in the wilderness.