Canoeing and kayaking are both forms of paddling. Whether a person wants a relaxing day on the waters of Traverse City or an exhilarating experience in the outdoors, they have something to offer to everyone. A canoe is defined as a boat where the paddler faces forward and sits or kneels in the boat, using a single bladed paddle. They can be closed deck or open deck. A kayak is defined as a boat where the paddler faces forward, using a double bladed paddle. Almost all kayaks have closed decks.
Kayaks and canoes in Traverse City are also classified by their design and the materials from which they are made. Each has its own specific advantage, including performance, stability, and maneuverability and paddling styles. Because of their range and adaptability, they are useful modes of transport for outdoor activities such as diving, fishing, wilderness exploration, and search and rescue operations. Michigan has various Canoe and Kayaking regulations. Owners of unregistered, unpowered boats (canoes, kayaks, rowboats, etc.) should view the Michigan Boating handbook for local boating laws and safety information.