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Before you go on that paddling trip down slow-poke river or across the duck pond in your backyard, be sure to pack the right equipment.

The list below identifies the basic equipment for calm protected waters or slow moving rivers for trips less than four hours in duration. If you are paddling whitewater, start with the Beginner's list.

Critical Item Canoe or Kayak
Critical Item Paddle
Critical Item PFD (Personal Flotation Device - Life Vest)
Critical Item Whistle (or other noise-making device)
Critical Item Clothing appropriate to water temperature
Critical Item Photo ID (driver's license)
Critical Item 1 Quart water or other drink
Sun-Protection lotion
Cell phone or change for public telephone
 
Critical Item = critical items

Optional

See Beginner's List