Best Kayak for the Lake

by frank on May 15, 2014

Choosing a Kayak for up at the Lake

As you may or may not already know there are many different types of kayaks (recreational, touring, fishing) just to name a few. These different types are specifically built for different water conditions and uses. Although you can use any type, the most common kayak you will find on lakes, by far are recreational models.

Recreational kayaks are specifically built for calm lake waters these can come in both hard boy and inflatable designs. They provide great stability for novices and beginners but not great maneuverability. They are usually smaller and less expensive but with less extra features included compared to other types.

The recreational class is best for people who plan on easy, less intense paddling with the main goal of just getting out on the water to relax a bit. These are great kayaks for photographers.

A few of the more popular companies making these are: Sun Dolphin, Pelican, Perception and The Old Town Canoe and Kayak Company.

Top Recreational Kayaks for the Lake

If you are not looking to spend a fortune here are a few of the models we recommend checking out in this category:

Old Town Kayaks 10 Vapor Recreational Kayak

If you’re looking for a kayak your entire family can use and enjoy the Old Town Vapor 10 is the perfect recommendation. It’s great value and priced right under $400. If you want, for a few extra dollars you could rig this up with a could rod holders and bungees to turn this into a nice little fishing kayak.

Old Town Canoes and Kayak 10 Vapor Recreational Kayak

Good and Safe Colors for your Family on the Lake

Notice the bright colors of the Vapor 10 model above. For your own safety, especially if you are on a busy lake with lots of boats, it’s best to have a brightly colored kayak so the boats can see you on the water.

Read what others had to say Old Town Canoes and Kayaks 10 Vapor Recreational Kayak Review

What Else Comes to mind for Lake Use

If you’re desire is to own a simple but quality kayak while not paying an arm and a leg then the Vapor 10 model by Old Town is a very good choice. Also, look into Pelican and Sun Dolphin kayaks.

But what if you need something more versatile and sophisticated? 

If you’re willing to pay the extra bucks, you need to look into HOBIE KAYAKS. These kayaks are premium, possessing tons of extra features you will not find any place else.

These are built for just about any water conditions, not only calm lake waters and will do just about anything you ask them to do, from fun in the sun recreation to endurance paddling and fishing and you can even get foot pedals and a  a sails.

Here’s a few videos explaining the features and also showing some of our favorite models in action.

The model in the video below is the Hobie Mirage Revolution 13 (seen in the image below). It come in various colors, this shady of red, also blue, yellow and olive.
The Revolution!!!
Hobie Mirage Revolution 13 review
Red Hibiscus

New in 2014 is the Hobie Kona DLX Kayak. This little nimble tandem number will provide you and your buddy hours of fun out on the lake or wherever you end up going with it. Extremely stable!

Read our devoted Review

Hobie Kona DLX Kayak 2014

A Nimble 2 Seater For Your Family

Looking for a smaller kayak for your kids to use at the lake? Take a look at the video review of the the popular  Hobie Lanai. This is also one of the least expensive Hobie models.

One of the simpler Hobie’s on the market is the Lanai DLX Kayak (below) this is a model is built for smaller people. Great for kids and beginners.

Hobie Lanai DLX Kayak for kids

Good Choice For Smaller Yakers

To find the best kayak for the lake ultimately will boil down to what you want. If prefer a less expensive model but still high quality the Old Town Vapor 10 mentioned at the top of the page is a good choice.

You should also look into Pelican and Sun Dolphin if your looking for something inexpensive.

If you are looking for an all-purpose premium model with all sorts of gadgets included and a bunch of different accessories you can buy to customize it then Hobie is what you need to look into.

If you are interested in learning more about kayaking and what models are available, visit our homepage where you can explore links to 100′s of different reviews.



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