Best Spring Break Destinations for Paddle Boarding in 2023

February 24, 2023
Someone in the Middle of a Bayou

If you’re anything like us, then you love a good vacation; especially when it includes a paddle boarding destination. In fact, that’s precisely why we’re here today, to share our best spring break destinations for paddle boarding in 2023. As always, we have everything you need to know, so keep on reading below!

Tennessee River, Tennessee and Alabama

First up, the Tennessee River is easily one of the best rivers in the entire country for touring, paddling, etc. As you paddle along its shores, you’ll be moving past dozens of towns as well as a few major cities including Birmingham and Huntsville, both of which are located in Alabama. In fact, despite its name, most of the Tennessee River is actually in Alabama! Personally, we like to start this paddle in Savannah and work our way towards good resting places like Decatur, Florence, and Waterloo. Speaking of, Decatur and Sheffield have some great rental locations, too. Or, if you’d rather bring your own board, you can easily fly into one of the larger cities in the area, find your own launching point, and simply let your sense of adventure lead the way. 

Caddo Lake, Texas and Louisiana

Have you ever wanted to paddle in a bayou? Well, we’ve got you covered. Caddo Lake is one of the most unique paddles you’ll ever do. While most bodies of water on this list are exceptionally clean and crystal-clear, Caddo Lake is an entirely separate entity. With waters full of mud and vegetation, you’ve probably never experienced a paddle quite like this before. After all, there aren’t many paddling destinations that can be described with words like ‘creepy,’ ‘bizarre,’ and ‘mythical;’ and yet, in the best way possible, Caddo Lake embodies all of these and countless other strange descriptions. For instance, many visitors have reported sightings of Bigfoot! Not to mention the occasional alligators, eagles, and bobcats. As if that wasn’t enough, it’s very common to see beavers, otters, bats, and more on the shores of Caddo Lake. Whether you bring your own board or grab one from the local rental shops, you’ll definitely want to give it a good, thorough cleaning at the end of the day. Suffice it to say, you won’t be bored in the bayou.

Scenic View of Hoover Dam with Water, Sky, and Mountains

Hoover Dam, Nevada

Only 45 minutes away from Las Vegas, the Hoover Dam is undoubtedly one of the most famous locations in the United States of America. Add the warm climate of the state of Nevada and you have one of the best paddling destinations in the entire country. Included in the Hoover Dam area, you can also paddle in either Lake Mead or the Hoover Reservoir, both of which are excellent spots in their own right. Additionally, not only can you rent paddle boards from nearby vendors, but you can also get various lessons, too, including stand-up paddle board (SUP) yoga! This is especially pleasant on the calm and peaceful waters of the area. Or, if you’re more of a sightseer, you can either venture on your own or join a guided tour down the reservoir which will take you through the Colorado River, allowing you to see more of the Grand Canyon area. Either way, the Hoover Dam and its surrounding areas are an excellent spot to do some paddling, adventuring, and more.

Lake Tahoe, California and Nevada

On the border of Nevada and California, Lake Tahoe is a picture-perfect place to go paddling. With crystal-clear waters, beautiful mountains in the background, and so much more gorgeous nature, this majestic and magical place honestly feels like a dream come true. Better yet, it’s just a short drive away from Reno and Sacramento, which makes it very accessible for out-of-state- travelers who need to fly in for the occasion. The place that just keeps on giving, Lake Tahoe is also an excellent location for any type of activity. To name a few, Sand Harbor is an especially family-friendly area with calm and shallow waters, Carnelian Bay is a prime place for photographers, and Emerald Bay is a secluded treasure trove that’s well worth the hike. Needless to say, whatever you’re hoping to get out of your next adventure, chances are you can get it at Lake Tahoe.

Boat on Water at Sunset in Key West, Florida

Florida Keys

Last but not least, the Florida Keys are a classic, year-round destination for all types of paddle boarding activities. Truth be told, one of the reasons we love this spot during spring break is its 90-minute proximity to Miami; and the same can be said for the Hoover Dam and Las Vegas, too, of course. After all, there’s nothing quite like spring break in a big city that knows how to party! But, we digress; back to the water! Whether you’re flying into Miami, driving across the country, or simply walking to the Florida Keys, this incredible destination will always be worth a visit. With beautiful beaches, tropical sands, and plenty of places to rent an SUP, for many paddlers, this is paradise. You can stay close to the shore, go out and enjoy some perfect SUP surfing, or even just lay on the beach and soak up some sun. After all, this is easily the warmest and sunniest destination on our list. Regardless of whatever your ideal SUP experience looks like, we can practically guarantee that the Florida Keys will feel like a dream come true. 

Contact Our Team at Atoll Boards

We hope you enjoyed learning more about some of the best spring break destinations for paddle boarding in 2023. Wherever your sense of adventure may take you, be sure to bring everything you need. For instance, if you’re in the market for a new board or any accessories, we’ve got you covered. Check out our extensive inventory today! We have brand-new signature Atoll Boards, countless must-have accessories, and so much more. For more information, please feel free to contact our team at Atoll Boards today. You can also give us a call at 877-698-8581 or send us an email at customerservice@atollboards.com. We would be more than happy to help you in any we can. Until then! 

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