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Heading to the Midwest this summer? Here’s where to kayak


Now that summer’s here, it’s a great time to start thinking about where your next travel therapy adventure awaits. If you’re looking for a destination that lets you embrace Mother Nature, the Midwest has an abundance of kayak spots that encourage you to get outside and soak up the sun on your off days.

As with any sort of activity, kayaking is a challenging recreational sport that can improve overall well-being. It also encourages self-dependence and allows you to become one with nature, which can induce mental clarity and wellness.

No matter your reason for kayaking this summer, here are a few places to get out there if you’re headed to the Midwest for a travel therapy assignment:

1. Lower Wisconsin River

Located in southwest Wisconsin, this river flows through Wisconsin to the Mississippi at 92 miles long. The river is wide and has various sandbars so you can take a break from your water trek to enjoy a nice picnic or even pitch a tent for the night, according to Midwest Weekends. Because the sandbars are constantly moving from the current, it’s important to go into this adventure as mindfully so you don’t get stuck, as Lynne Diebel, a Wisconsin resident advised.

“Always remember to wear a life jacket while kayaking as a precautionary measure.”

“It’s the kind of river where you’re mesmerized by the beauty, and your attention wanders,” Diebel told Midwest Weekends. “But you have to pay attention to the current, because the sandbars are constantly shifting, and you’ll run aground.”

Always remember to wear a life jacket while kayaking as a precautionary measure.

2. Chicago River

Kayaking doesn’t have to take place down a traditional woodsy setting. Those who live for city life can also paddle down the Chicago River while surrounded by breath-taking downtown sights. Rent a kayak from various vendors like Water Riders and enjoy this urban experience during your stay in the Windy City.

3. Multiple rivers in Huron-Manistee National Forest

If you’re looking for a spot that’s equally scenic and soothing, head the Huron-Manistee National Forest. There are five different wild rivers for kayaking, including Ausable, Manistee, Pere Marquette, Pine and White river. Each ranges from a light to average flow, so it’s perfect for those who want to take a pleasant stroll down the water. You can also fish for salmon, steelhead and more while you row, according to the National Forest Foundation.

Summertime makes it easy to spend your days off and time in between assignments out in the fresh air. No matter where you’re headed this summer, take advantage of the natural splendor, and try a new outdoor activity. If you’re intrigued by the kayak spots above and want to find a travel therapy assignment in the Midwest, search through the Jackson Therapy Partners database or contact a recruiter today.