The Lake District provides fantastic opportunities to take to the water in a canoe, kayak or paddleboard. Beginners can have a go, guided by experts. Once you are more confident, create your own adventure exploring the many islands, beautiful rivers and stunning coastline.
You can hire equipment from outdoor centres around Coniston, Derwentwater, Ullswater and Windermere.
Before heading out onto the water, take a look at our short water safety videos.
Whilst the water can look tempting on a calm summer's day, the Lake District weather can easily change. You should always be aware of the weather and its impact on the water. Check out the local Weatherline forecast.
The term canoe is often used to refer to both canoes and kayaks.
Usually an open boat which can accommodate more than one person (either in a sitting or kneeling position) and is propelled by a paddle with a blade only at one end.
Historically canoes were used by the native Canadian Indians to transport people and goods on the lakes and rivers.
This is a covered craft designed for one person which is propelled with a double ended paddle.
A kayak was an Inuit fishing craft used on the sea and paddled with a long harpoon.
Invasive non-native species of wildlife can hitchhike on equipment, footwear, clothing and boats. You may inadvertently spread the aliens even if you just go for a paddle! Every time you leave any water such as a river, tarn or lake:
Or check out Biosecurity for boat and kayak users