On the Water

  • 5 Beautiful Wildlife to Spot While Paddling & Where to See Them

    Paddling is a serene sport that lets you experience the beautiful wild on ground where man wasn’t made to tread - the water. Our lakes, oceans and rivers provide many untapped views you wouldn’t normally be able to access on foot or road. They’re also home to all of the beautiful creatures that occupy our favorite spots in mother nature.
  • 6 News Years Resolutions for the Paddler in You

    With the New Year kicking off, everybody is planning how to tackle their resolutions. For some, eating healthier is on the list, for others, it’s hitting more trails and lakes than the year prior. 

    Any resolution is a good one so long as you seek to improve yourself - but how about expanding the skillset of the adventurer and paddler you’ve become? 

  • Getting Crafty with Gear Storage - Apartment Style

    Being a “minimalist” can mean a couple things, especially when it comes to organizing your home. Some minimalists cut down on unnecessary commodities in lieu of some extra space, but still have thousands of dollars in outdoor gear shacked up in some closet bursting at the seams. If that sounds like you - you’re not alone. 
  • 5 Maritime Holiday Gifts for the Water Lover in Your Life

    With the Holidays around the corner, now is the perfect time to set you and your loved ones up with the best gear to ensure a fun, splash-filled fall season. When has some nippy weather ever stopped you and the gang from taking on your favorite river route or lake? With the gear we’ve compiled in this gift guide, the paddler in your life is sure to be set for any ride the water throws their way. 

    Summer is in full swing, which means we’re all itching to hit the nearest lake - or any body of water for that matter - to cool off. We all know the best spots are low-key and sparsely crowded - especially in current times, and we all have “secret” spots in our area that we only take friends and family worthy of experiencing their hidden grace.


    With summer in full swing, there’s no better time to get out on the water than right now. With your Folding Boat Co. K-Pak, you don’t have to worry about rack mounts - just fold them up and toss them in the trunk. The more you can fit in your car, the more friends and family out on the water. But where to first? Let’s check out some of the best spots in the golden state, where the heat bangs and getting into a lake is as freeing as ever - California. 

    One of the coolest things about fishing is there are many different types of fish to catch, and most all require their own individual tackle and technique if you are going to be successful at catching them. This is why I love my K-Pak folding Kayak. I can pull my boat out of the trunk of my car and be fishing a local farm pond in just a few minutes. If I have travel plans, I’ll just check the K-Pak (with a four piece paddle, my PFD, and tackle inside the backpack) on most any airplane trip. I’ve used my boat to fish in remote places from all over Alaska to Norway and many places in between.

    There is no comparison to those glorious paddling days, and the days spent living in the ‘real world’. You know the world where you have a job, run errands and pay the bills. Getting out on the water brings a certain amount of solitude and allows the soul to heal. With fresh air and an ever-changing landscape, the waterways call to us! If you can’t be out on water 24/7 – like most of us – we complied some fun quotes to keep you motivated throughout the slumpish days. Slumpish? Yea that describes it.

    It's time for another kayak camping trip into the backcountry, and so it's also time for a new list of things to bring. I have packing lists for every type of camping: car, backpack, day-pack, bicycle, kayak, small airplane, and even for bareboating in various environments from Alaska to the Bahamas. Each list is adjusted for where we are going , what we’ll be doing, and how long we’ll be there. Here are a few things I take into account when planning what to pack:


    I started reading voraciously in the 5th grade. Once a month in grade school we were allowed to fill out a book order form with our No. 2 pencils and then wait most impatiently for the new books to arrive a few weeks later. Some of my favorite books are from that era. “My Side of the Mountain”, by Jean Craighead George, is one of them. It’s a story about Sam who escapes to the woods from the big city and learns how to live off the land with his pet Peregrine Falcon – Frightful! A perfect, children’s fantasy book with a happy ending, but it inspired me to learn woodsman-ship and outdoor survival skills. In fact, my Grandfather had a beautiful farm in the Catskills which is where I imagined Sam’s adventures took place and where many of mine started.

    Here in Central North Carolina we can paddle mostly year round. Winter weather is usually above freezing in the day time and the lakes and rivers are normally ice free. We also have lots of rivers and streams with adjacent swamp lands that make for good duck hunting, whether with gun or camera.

    Let’s face it. What’s better than kayaking? If you live by the water, have easy access to the river, or own a packable, portable K-Pak, you may head out on a weekly basis. Just like every sport, kayaking has some drawbacks if you are just getting started. A few of these include knowing the class of the river and which sections to look out for, and having a put-in and drop-off point with the adequate transportation to bring you back home. Spending a few days on the river can make this effort worth it and you can enjoy the extra miles in the kayak. Fall is a great time to get out on the river and enjoy some camping along the way. We put together some tips for your next kayaking camp trip. Scroll through some of these suggestions and enjoy even more time on the water!