Kayaking on the Lower Mt. Fork River in Broken Bow, OK
Mt. Fork River Whitewater kayaking in Broken Bow, Oklahoma.






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The Kiamichi River near Antlers, Oklahoma.
Scenic Kayaking on The Kiamichi River in Southeastern Oklahoma.




Grave Creek Access to Lake Eufaula offers nice flatwater paddling near Hitchita, OK.
Kayaking from Grave Creek to Lake Eufaula












Misty Morning at Rim Shoals

Misty cold water kayaking on The White River in Arkansas.



Kayaking & Canoe T-Shirts

Visit the Kayak Oklahoma BlogIf I can't find float trip t-shirts at the outfitter, I shop online for a new kayaker shirt immediately after any kayaking trip.  I can just about chronicle our families journey's in Hanes products!   My drawers runneth over!  Most Oklahoma Canoe & Kayak Outfitters only have canoe shirts in stock, but kayak shirts are becoming more available all of the time.  OKC Kayaks offers several very hip designs on their kayaking shirts.

Expert whitewater paddlers recommend avoiding cotton garments on the rivers they paddle…it just doesn't dry quickly enough when it is wet. Whitewater paddling tends to be in much colder seasons and sources.  In my opinion, whitewater kayaking is much more of a 'watersport' than the kind of flatwater paddling I usually enjoy.  I wear cotton on the warm summer waters of Oklahoma's lakes often.  A cotton paddling shirt makes a handy cloth to clear the water droplets off my camera lens, but quick-drying synthetics are a smarter choice on The White River in Arkansas. Cold temps kill and that river is frigid all year long!

Even on a relatively warm day on the river it is important to wear clothes that dry quickly because it prevents both chilling and chafing. Unless it is summertime and fairly safe, easy paddling...stay away from cotton or stay dry. There are many great new types of quick drying apparel worth trying. I use HeatGear paddling garments in the summer and in the winter I switch to Hydroskin for cool season kayaking.

However, when at camp or at home Dianne and I like to spread the word about our new love.  Many of the hard to find cotton paddlers t-shirts below are for off the river, they help us find new friends to help shuttle! Also, a cotton t-shirt can help you stay cool while lake paddling or on a float trip.

Here are some nice kayakers shirts and paddling gear for spreading the paddling message and along with them, some helpful paddling apparel tips. These make great gifts for any kayaker or canoeing enthusiast. I've also included some paddling tips to keep you safe on the river.


Kayaker Rescue Gear

Paddlers Joke: A throw rope may be a good way to assist a swimmer, but a harpoon saves them the trouble of hanging on to the rope!  

Add some shark teeth to your favorite kayak!

Paddler's Tip: For cold weather, whitewater kayakers will want a 'Farmer John' style wet suit, a paddling jacket and perhaps an insulating vest or underwear layer underneath.




Paddler's Tip: Cutting leg holes into your boat will NOT allow you to conveniently portage ‘Flintstones-style.’




Paddler's Tip: Cotton has a great ability to absorb water, but it will not wick it away from your skin and release it in a manner that will keep your skin temperature comfortable and safe. Cold weather kayakers should NOT WEAR COTTON on the water.


Happy Hour T-Shirt

Paddler's Tip: Make sure that you dress for the water temperature, even though you will be seated on your kayak, out of the water, most of the time. Warm air temperatures can be deceiving, and you never know when you may be in for an extended swim.




Paddlers Tip: Summer paddlers require polarized sunglasses. They help you see underwater obstructions more clearly and enjoy the scenery more.

Greg, a kayaker friend of mine wears long sleeve cotton t-shirts under his PFD for summertime paddling in Oklahoma. A light colored t-shirt with sleeves can be kept moist on hot Oklahoma summer days so that it cools the body as well as providing shade. If you paddle past your take-out and spend an extra few hours in the sun, you will be glad your arms and shoulders were protected.



Although my habit is short sleeve cotton t-shirts for summer paddling lakes and flatwater in Oklahoma, I must admit that I see the merit of Greg approach.


Paddlers Tip: Gloves are nice to have year round. Your hands will get soft from the water and a second skin will protect them.


Most paddling injuries occur from walking around with bare feet. Protect your toes with strong River Sandals. Flip-flops are a bad idea.

Whatever kind of boat you choose to paddle, it will be important to build a network of other boater with whom you share knowledge. Kayaking shirts help you meet other paddlers. Think of them as ads... for shuttle assistance!


Dagger Zydeco Recreational Kayak

Paddler's Tip: In the summer, consider synthetic clothing.
Experiment with what will work best for paddling, or look for garments made for paddlers like:  Nylon, Suplex, polyester and the New odorless, insect repelling Buzz-Off Apparel and fabrics.



Paddlers Tip: It is advisable to tell people when and where you are paddling and how long you intend to be away, even if you think you will only be a few hours.



The Classic Kayak Joke

A Frenchman, an Englishman, and a New Yorker were captured by a fierce Indian tribe. The chief comes to them and says, "The bad news is that now that we've caught you, we're going to kill you, and then use your skins to build a kayak. The good news is that you get to choose how you die."

The Frenchman says, "I take ze poison." The chief gives him some poison, the Frenchman says, "Vive la France!" and drinks it down.

The Englishman says, "A pistol for me, please." The chief gives him a pistol, he points it at his head, says, "God save the queen!" and blows his brains out.

The New Yorker says "Gimme a fork." The chief is puzzled, but he shrugs and gives him a fork. The New Yorker takes the fork and starts jabbing himself all over. There's blood everywhere, it's horrible.

The chief is appalled, and screams, "What are you doing???" The New Yorker looks at the chief and says, "So much for your stinking kayak!"




Dianne and I enjoy paddling canoes and kayaks so much that we often buy kayaker apparel for use both on the river and off.  On the river, kayakers need quick drying fabrics that don't bind and provide some sun protection.  Off the river, we like to let folks know that we are paddlers.  Shuttles don't happen by accident, meeting other kayakers is key to being able to enjoy one-way trips on wild and un-outfitted waterways. Wearing a kayaking t-shirt has helped me to meet loads of Oklahoma paddlers.

I also like collecting canoe t-shirts and kayak t-shirts as keepsakes to remember our family float trips and personal whitewater adventures.






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