Real life trip report: canoeing with kids

23 Aug

Canoeing with Kids? Tripping with a Toddler? Check out a great trip report chock full of first hand experience on taking a three-year-old down the Wisconsin River.

From paddler Cory Ritterbusch:
“My wife and I have canoed the lower Wisconsin River for years now. After we welcomed our son, we continued to go (thanks to wonderful grandparent babysitters). We enjoyed our time, but missed our son and wondered when he would be ready to join us…”

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2 Responses to “Real life trip report: canoeing with kids”

  1. Tyler October 6, 2013 at 7:34 pm #

    Thanks for these great tips. I just bought a canoe this year and my wife and I want to get the kids involved next Spring/Summer. We are really looking forward to getting out and enjoying it as a family but

    • Dan Faust December 14, 2014 at 2:46 pm #

      This is a great article about canoeing with toddlers. I have found it helpful to discuss the trip with my daughter before we go, so that she knows what to expect and what my expectations of her will be. I think we need to remember that everything is new to a child the first time they do anything, and that the unknown can be intimidating for them. Our children may have worries or concerns that we are not aware of and that can easily be handled or eliminated if we discuss them in advance.

      It has also been my experience that while most folks understand that the pace will need to be slower when children are included on a canoe trip, many of us perceive the slower pace as something negative. In reality, the slower pace imposed by including children on a trip has proven to be a huge advantage to the overall enjoyment and success of our trips. Even day trips that I’ve done many, many times; take on a new feel when my daughter joins me and I am often surprised at how many things I notice that I had never noticed before.