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How many miles a day can I canoe?

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How many miles a day can I canoe?
« on: February 25, 2009, 11:30:12 PM »
Just curious but how many miles per day could one accomplish. Would it be a stretch to paddle from Lajitas to RGV in 5 1/2 days??? I believe eighteen miles a day could accomplish this feat. Is that too many miles even for an experienced canoer/kayaker in a day to accomplish?? Any feedback would be much appreciated. Thanks again.


Offline Al

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Re: How many miles a day can I canoe?
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2009, 11:43:34 PM »
I would talk to one of the river guide services in Terlingua and see how the river is flowing.  Otherwise your mileage seems reasonable.  Jan Forte is usually more than helpful:

« Last Edit: February 25, 2009, 11:55:43 PM by Al »


Offline aggiehiker

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Re: How many miles a day can I canoe?
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2009, 06:14:49 PM »
On downriver trips, I usually average 4 mph except in BiBe when it's about 3mph because of all the looking and sightseeing. That's in a loaded kayak. A canoe would probably be around the 3mph figure so it could easily be done with time to explore.


Offline missourimike

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Re: How many miles a day can I canoe?
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2009, 10:09:56 PM »
Well I think I did Cottonwood to RGV in 4.5 days.  Check out my entry.

In missouri and in Big Bend I have done 30 miles in a day.  I used to love doing 20+ miles when I was younger and more stubborn. 

When you stick to the water currents and paddle a steady amount, working towards efficiency and the long haul, you can rack up the miles.




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