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Kayak And Canoe Magazines Roundup – The HOT Reads FoThe Paddling Community

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When you love kayaking, you probably want to discover new places to paddle and learn about other people’s paddling adventures.

Magazines can be great sources of inspiration when it comes to planning new expeditions. They can also be fantastic for following other people’s trips to exciting destinations when you’re unable to go yourself. 

Not only that, a great kayaking magazine can give you tips to improve your skills so you can paddle more effectively while you have the time of your life. So here are a few of the best paddling magazines to check out when you finally put your paddle down.

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1: Paddling Magazine

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Known as the “world’s leading paddling magazine”, Paddling Magazine is one of the most recognizable kayaking magazines out there. It features paddling tips and instruction, and stories to inspire travel and paddling trips.

It also features paddling gear and news and stories from the paddling community around the world.

It covers all types of paddlesports, including kayaking, canoeing, kayak fishing, paddleboarding, and whitewater activities.

Specializes in:

  • Kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding, gear, trips, skills

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2: Kayak Angler

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Kayak Angler is known to be the world’s number one kayak fishing magazine. It offers tips and tricks to catch fish from a kayak, as well as the top fishing spots to check out and the best gear to use.

This is probably one of the most popular kayaking magazines out there. 

Specializes in:

  • Kayak fishing

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3: Paddle


Paddle is a digital magazine brought to you by the ACA (American Canoe Association). It focuses on all types of paddlesports, including canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and rafting.

The e-magazine features stories and news from the paddling world as well as competitions and events. It also includes instruction for improving skills.

Specializes in:

  • All paddlesports, instruction, news and events

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4: Kayak Session

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Kayak Session is an international whitewater magazine that features stories and adventures from around the world, highlighting some of the world’s best whitewater runs and showcasing the skills of some of the top whitewater kayakers.

Specializes in:

  • Whitewater kayaking

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5: Paddle World

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From the same publisher as Kayak Session, Paddle World Magazine focuses on all paddlesports with an emphasis on paddling culture and travel.

It offers inspiration with stories of kayaking adventures, including photos and videos, as well as gear reviews and product testing.  

Specializes in:

  • Paddle culture, travel, kayaking, canoeing, SUP

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6: Ocean Paddler

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Ocean Paddler is a UK based magazine that specializes in sea kayaking. It features ideas and inspiration for tours and trips both in the UK and around the world.

The magazine also offers advice and tips on buying kayaking equipment and touring gear. However, it’s currently online only due to the pandemic. 

Specializes in:

  • Sea kayaking and touring

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7: Paddles Up

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Paddles Up is the official magazine of Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC), formerly the Canadian Canoe Association. After its last printed issue of 2018 the magazine is now solely online.

It features news and events from the paddling community in Canada, USA and around the world, as well as stories of paddling adventures.

Specializes in:

  • Kayaking and canoeing in Canada and North America

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8: Canoe Kayak Magazine (France)

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Canoe Kayak Magazine is a French magazine that’s both online and in print.

It focuses on a range of kayaking and canoeing disciplines, with stories of paddling adventures and interviews with various athletes from the paddling world.

This is similar to the US and UK Canoe & Kayak magazines, which are both now discontinued.

Specializes in:

  • Canoeing, kayaking in France, Europe and around the world.

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9: Outside

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Outside is an all-outdoors magazine that focuses on adventures, travel and culture.

Various outdoor pursuits are featured, including paddlesports, hiking, biking, skiing, camping, and many other outdoor leisure activities.

Specializes in:

  • Outdoor adventures

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10: Florida Sportsman

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Florida Sportsman is a magazine that’s available both digitally and in print.

While it’s not specifically for kayakers, it frequently features stories on kayak fishing and tips for kayak anglers looking to fish both the inland and coastal waters in Florida.

It’s a fishing magazine that also features articles on boating and hunting.

Specializes in:

  • Fishing, kayak fishing in Florida

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