Paddling Experiences with Kayak Lake Mead
Carrie from New Jersey...
What beautiful photos. They are a bonus which captured some AMAZING memories.
I had so much FUN! It is one of the BEST experiences of my life.
Thank u so much for making it all possible.
Thanks Robert!! We had a great time and all decided the challenge of making it back to launch site made it extra special!!
Robert, thank you so much for the experience and kayaking! We all had a lot of fun! Please let me know if you have any availability for this Sunday as I have someone that's interested in the 4-hour kayak. Respectfully,
We definitely hope to go on another adventure with you at another time when I'm out there visiting. That was really one of our favorite things we've done as far as experiences go. Thank you so much!
Bob and Alicia
Bob, Great pics! Can't wait to see them on our computer at home! It was an awesome morning! Thank you for all your knowledge and enthusiasm of the area!!
Wishing you safe adventures in the future......
Hello Robert, Thank you so MUCH for a great time!!!! The pictures are phenomena and gorgeous!!! Thank you and huge SMILE,
LIz and Rock
Dear Robert, we thoroughly enjoyed are time with you. The pictures you took of our trip were wonderful- we will have some great memories to treasure- we have already started looking through the rest of the pictures- who would realize that the dessert could produce such wonderful flowers! We cannot wait to read through your adventures- thank you so much for taking the time to send us all this information. Thank you for all your helpful tips! We hope to see you paddling again!
Robert - the pictures are fantastic! Thank you so much! We had an amazing day - thank you for a great experience! Hope to see you again soon!
Those are brilliant - thank you! And thank you for a wonderful day. We'll definitely plan to do a trip with you again, it was a highlight of a great holiday.
Very best wishes
Robert!!! I love the photos... You can tag us in the photos on face book if you want... Cameron Horne Richards, Rhys Richards, and Mackenzie Richards... David is not on FB!! ( you know bc of the CIA and all) I can't wait to view all the other links!! We had so much fun... Loved hearing your stories and experiences! We wish you the best of luck in your upcoming competitions!! Thank you for the photos they are amazing!!! We will email you ours once we get organized enough to download them off our camera! Thank you thank you!!
Hi Robert - We just got home yesterday. The trip we did with you was a family favorite. We had such an awesome time and all of us said on the way home we’d love to do an overnight with you on the River/Lake. After having had that wonderful day Friday at Mojave Lake no one even wanted to swim in the pool! It’s just not the same. Again we can’t thank you enough. The morning was so beautiful. All of use enjoyed the paddle. We hope to cross path’s again.
Thank you so much for the pictures. we had a wonderful time. This was a great addition to our vacation.
Thank you again for taking us paddling! We had an amazing time, kayaking was definitely a highlight of our trip :D. And the pictures look great! Thanks for sharing the flower albums as well, it's incredible, I never would have thought there would be so much color out there. If we're ever back in the Lake Mead area, I hope we'll be able to con you into another trip :). Till then, have fun on your adventures!
Awesome pictures, thanks so much for everything Robert! We all had a terrific time!
Thanks Lot for this Photo...Saturday Night was great.....It was a Great experience....We had a Grt time and surely we will be meeting you in near future....My freinds are intrested for a a trip once again... Thanks!
Thanks Robert. Jami and I had a spectacular day and Druce was an awesome guide. I will take you up on the mtn biking offer for certain, when we return. Fell in love with Red Rocks and all of the natural splendor that exists in NV and AZ. Beautiful! An epic trip. Thanks for letting us use your beautiful new kayaks. Be well, todd
Nathalie and Denis
Good morning Robert, How wonderfull was our day paddling with you yesterday. I'm speachless. I would like to thank you for sharing that day with us. I will remembre that day for ever. That was 1 of m'y dreams to paddle the Colorado river. Thank for the photos, for your time, for sharing with us. Some day are too short, you do not want it to end. That was one of them. Home I will paddle again with you again
Hello Robert, We had a fabulous time with you yesterday. Thank you so much for making the trip a relaxed and personalized one. Hope all goes well with the removal of stitches. Look forward to the pictures and reading the information. We are leaving Las Vegas now for our son's home in Redondo Beach. Thanks again!
Jim & Emily
Thanks for the great time! You helped us create some memories that will span our lifetimes.
I did the full day kayak tour to the Arizona Hot Springs and it was an amazing experience. Robert replied to my inquiries right away and his customer service is top notch. Very knowledgable and hospitable with teaching my boyfriend and I how to kayak; he knows the area and Black Canyon like the back of his hand. He provided all the equipment we needed and even towed me when I was too tired to paddle. We saw bald eagles and got to enjoy the serene waters of the Black Canyon. I'm coming back for another adventure!
I had an amazing time seeing the lake and kayaking with Robert. He was very knowledgeable about the area and got a first-time kayaker like me up and running in no time. The pace is really flexible- since i'm flabby and out of shape Robert went real slow and at no time did I feel like I was being rushed. Although the operation is small, it's also more intimate. Strongly recommended if you want to do something in Vegas other than gamble and party.
Rainer & Erika Fesslmeier, Austria
Hello Robert, thank you very much for the link with your photos and for this unforgettable afternoon!
We really appreciated your effort and we will recommend you everywhere. As soon as possible I will send you the movie clips (or the link on youtube). Regards, Rainer + Erika
We had a wonderful day in the kayaks! Robert gave us great tips on technique and he had a good feel of finding that "just right" challenge for our group. My sixteen year old now is looking to get his own kayak! My daughter was amazed by the wildlife and was excited to see the herd of bighorn sheep so close. Robert took us to superb places along the river and our beach-side picnic spot was perfect. He was so informative about the natural and human history of the area. We feel lucky to have seen this wonderful place thanks to the expertise of Robert. Thank you for the fabulous memories and experience! Teryl S. - Massachusetts
The trip was fantastic (we have actually run out of adjectives to describe the day!!). Thanks for the picture and for sharing all of your knowledge of the area.
Pat and Bill Goding
I know you receive a million pictures, but attached are some from our trip. We truly had a good time and we wish you the best of luck... If in Hawaii, please look us up!
Tara & Juanjo ( irish girl and spanish guy)
Being with you last year was one of our best life experiences yet and believe us we have done lots of things. It was just a great memory especially the hot springs.
Regards & best wishes from sunny spain.
Hi Robert, thanks for an amazing day in your company. It was a great experience to do the Desert Adventure with you. It was a perfect route to the Hot Spring you had chosen for me. It was great fun to negotiate those cliff walls. It was really nice and relaxing to soak in the Hot Spring something that I had never tried before. The kayaking part of the trip was great too. I really enjoyed paddling down the river it is a very scenic trip. I was a bit exited about how hard it would be to paddle 8 miles because I had only paddled 10 hours in a kayak previous this trip. However there was nothing to worry about. All in all, the trip fully lived up to my expatiations. I can truly recommend this trip. Henrik Pedersen, Denmark, January 12, 2010.
Greetings. This is Eric, and my older mother and 2 middle-aged Japanese ladies and I did an afternoon kayaking trip with Darren on August 3, 2007. I just wanted to say how much we ALL enjoyed it!! It was
fantastic how your company was so very flexible to fit our needs and requests (especially since NONE of us had ever kayaked before... and... because 2 of the 4 in our party had limited English ability). Darren, our coolAustralian guide, was very gentle and understanding, and took us anywhere we wanted along the river, at our pace, and explained lots of interesting things about the area and wildlife and even supplied some snacks at our request. It was a totally memorable experience in the best of ways. I will definately recommend your company to anyone I know who is looking to do some water adventures in the Las Vegas area... It was such a GREAT experience, made even better by the fact we kayaked in the lower (non-busy part) of the Black Canyon in the afternoon/early evening. We are all still talking about it. In fact, I am now back in Japan where I live, and one time recently when I noticed the Japanese ladies showing others their trip pictures, I asked one of the ladies what her best memories where from her LOS ANGELES/GRAND CANYON/LAS VEGAS summer trip. She said she had many, but that kayaking was number 2 (number 1 was seeing the Grand Canyon ... but the kayaking adventure was a close second she said, so that should tell you how much she liked that experience with your company.) Anyway, I just wanted to say thank you again, and that I will be
recommending your service to others... and even writing an internet blog about it on some travel sites... Again, thank you. Sincerely, Eric (back in Japan).
Casey Renningger, Mount Dora, FL
"Druce...thanks so much for making the 'Desert Adventure' my all time favorite Vegas memory. Such
beauty combined with an awesome workout and....one amazing, inspiring guide --- a perfect day.
Looking forward to my next trip!"
Breand Kearns, Las Vegas, NV
"Eric & I just wanted to take a moment to let you know how wonderful our trip was. Druce was a wonderful guide; entertaining, adventurous, knowledgeable and accommodating. He had to work extra hard to get to us due to the high winds that weekend. What a trooper. We will be sure to do it again! Thank you so much."
Laura Simpson, Las Vegas, NV
"I just wanted to let you know that our trip was absolutely amazing, and our guide was fantastic. I really had a great time and I will be booking with you guys again!"
Michael Roberts, Londonderry, NH
"I would like to Thank you very much for the experience that your company was able to create for my wife, Beth and I. Your daughter, Briana and partner Darren, where both professional and personal with us the whole time. Beth has called home to tell our family and friends how much fun, and how surprised she was with this adventure."
Alison, Hogansburg, NY
"Last year I was seriously intimidated by the big water and weather on the St. Lawrence. Scared is the
proper word. This year - totally different deal. What's made the difference was our little time together (with Kayak Lake Mead) on your river (the Black Canyon of the Colorado), when I came to appreciate that waves and wind can be my friends, as long as I learn to use them properly. I certainly respect this big ol' river, but I'm much more relaxed and learning to understand how to paddle and play in all the chaos. It's pretty fun actually. "
Kim Fetterly from Las Vegas
"Thank you, Robert. Mari and I had a fantastic day on the kayaks today! Briana and Darren were both so friendly and encouraging. Particularly Darren who stuck with us through our directional challenges and inconsistant paddling. We are so lucky to have located you via your website and would highly recommend you and your team to everyone looking for an exciting kayaking experience!"
Kevin Schell from Chicago, Illinois...
"Robert, having done a little paddling and renting a variaty of different types of boats, I'm always leary of what type of kayak an outfitter uses. It was a great pleasure to paddle the kayaks you supply. Its actually easy to see the top quality outfitters, they're the ones that have great guides and use top notch equipment. Watching some of the other groups go down the river in beat up old rentals made me sad for the paddlers but happy that my wife and I chose your company."
Melissa from Henderson, Nevada...
"I want to tell you how amazing my trip was with Kayak Lake Mead! Both Druce and Jeremy were amazing guides - simultaneously professional and easy-going and very enjoyable company. In fact, the point I would like to make is that the atmosphere created by your company becomes a one of friendship and personal growth, not just a "tour for the masses." The equipment was top notch, the accommodations freely and happily given, and the service courteous and fun."
Janet from Co Durham, England...
"Just wanted to say what a great time we had on our half day kayak trip round lake Mead(Aug 2006). None of us had tried kayaking before but soon picked up the basics including our children aged 8 and 10. Lake Mead is beautiful and was very warm so great for..."
Dana from Las Vegas...
"We tremendously enjoyed meeting you and the kayaking night. We absolutely would love to go again,
maybe a trip with a tad less wind!! Thanks for being so patient...and entertaining."
Junior from Las Vegas, Nevada...
"Hey Paki (hawaiin for Robert) Thanks again for such a wonderful 1st time experience in kayaking...what a great upper body workout...I loved it! The instructions given and taught were very beneficial and you made it fun to learn. It was cool havin..."
Lifan from Las Vegas, Nevada...
"I have loved kayaking and Kayak Lake Mead from the first day. I loved it so much, I started my own
blog/website about it. Thanks for helping me discover a new love and for introducing me to some great
people!" Visit Lifan at her kayak diaries blog."
Bill and Rose from Massachusetts...
Rose and I are back in Boston area and I had to sent you a thank you note. We had such a fantastic time with you and Billy on the river last week even though we had so much wind. The experience was one of the most memorable one we have ever had. I especially enjoyed talking with you about your experiences as we paddled along the river. Rose had a fantastic time. She had so much confidence in herself after you told her she could do it in that wind, she never had a problem with it. She just told me to say thank you for the tow..That goes for me too! Your experience on the river and the confidence that you inspired in us have made us recommend you to every one that we come in contact with. I just hope that some of our friends make it your way. We tell them that there is no one else they want to guide them!"
Jen from Las Vegas...
"by the way...i had so much fun on sunday. it was awesome and josh was great..very professional and informative. very patient with all of us. he is an asset to your company. i told him he could come in for a cleaning as well. please tell him to email me when is a good time. thanks so much again for sunday..i had the best time ever."
Victoria, age 38, from Albany, NY
"Hello! Dont just browse this website and wonder what it would be like. Sign up and do it! I just finished the 2 night 3 day fitness training/paddling adventure with Kayak Lake Mead this first week in July of 2006. I can not do justice in describing what a..."
Emily Garlough from the High Sierra
"Hey Robert! Guess what? I just did 2 pull ups! Yay!!! I had to take a week off from the gym because I went down to arkansas to work on a farm with a friend of mine, so it must've given my muscles a chance to really recover and I busted 2 out today as soon as I got home! Now I've got something to work with, and I'm one step closer to becoming a smoke jumper =) Thanks for your help and encouaragement! And good luck in all of your adventure races!"
Dear Robert, Thanks so much for your excellent and inspiring kayak information. I will be doing some night paddling and like your advice of having the Guardian light mounted on a head lamp. Do you still think it's one of the best lights for the money? Any sense of what would be the best color for safety, and in strobe or solid? Thanks! best, Michael
Gregory John, Edina MN USA
I just want to say THANKS for the Great online Kayak Training Videos. I'm kinda an "Advanced" Beginner. I have an Experienced Kayak trainer I work with. But I'm finding NEW (easier) ways to perform what she is teaching me. Like your 4-step Balance Method re-entry and your Lever Roll. I've need a lot more Practice. One thing that will help. I just purchased a 6' White Water Kayak with a Spray Skirt. So now I can go easily to the Nearest Lake (we have 10K here in MN!) and just start practicing my safety maneuvers. I actually want a Long narrow Sea Kayak next year, but for now this one allows mw frequent instant practice. Actually I rent a 13' when I'm training, but for my daily practice this little one will have to do. Anyway, Thanks again. And maybe one day I'll come train with you too. P.S. Love your CLC Pax 20!
I started sea kayaking about a month ago and came across your website while looking for explanations of kayaking techniques. I've found your articles and videos extremely informative. Clear, detailed explanations; good videos, diagrams - it's all good. I like the way you seem to have thought through and evaluated the utility of everything you advise for yourself; you explain not just how to do something but why. Your article on paddling with pauses between strokes and making proper use of core strength was especially rewarding - I can paddle 15, 20, 25km with people who've been kayaking for years, have no problem keeping up, and I'm neither tired nor sore at the end. (well, not too much anyway!) Still a hell of a lot to learn so I'm sure I'll be back to your site regularly. Thanks for taking the time to make all this material available. Warm regards
Btw, I’m learning much from your site. Being new to kayaking, it’s great gathering all the knowledge we can, especially the straight out, useful info you have posted…Thanks!
Your website is unbelievable! I have been working on reading and viewing here for weeks! I would really like to do a week with your company next year and am working on the right itinerary for me.
David from South Australia...
"Hi I am Dave from Adelaide in South Australia and I thought I would drop you a quick line. After a break of about 20 years, I am 43, I have decided to get back into kayaking. I purchased a kayak 1 month ago and have been out on the river many many times getting my techniques upto scratch and inproving my fitness and strength. On finding your site I was simply amazed. The information you have on this site is beyond belief and has helped me greatly. Thankyou so very very much. I have always loved kayaking and have now developed a passion for it and you are contributing greatly."
Dave from Kansas
"HFS! I've learned more in one day reading your skills pages than in a year of on-line surfing. Hope to get to Lake Mead sometime with my 18' cedar- glass boat. Sounds like my Kansas lakes but a lot bigger. Thanks for the info."
Kayak and Paddle Sales
Pam Pavlica, Auburn, CA
I was not sure about what paddle to purchase because I tour, fish and workout with my kayak in different conditions. With Robert's advice I got the perfect one. I LOVE IT! It was so nice to know if the paddle was not the right one he would work with me. Great customer service! Thank you so much.
Shelley McNurney, A very happy customer!
"Just wanted to say thank you for the Swift paddle. I pulled it out of the box and boy, now do I want one for myself! Who knew how very light it would be from the description, and it's even prettier than it's picture!!! I even let my husband take a peek even though he can't have it till Christmas. : -) Thanks for your help in getting this ordered and shipped. Have a wonderful day!"
Mark Hathaway, Phoenix, AZ
"Amy's new paddle is absolutely gorgeous, and has her fired up to hit the water any chance we have... we both couldn't be happier =D Thanks for the awesome service... I will keep you in mind when it's time to replace my Werner paddle. - See you on the water or the rock, Mark"
Charles A. Martinez, Las Vegas, NV
"Just wanted to pass along that I really think my new Eddyline Fathom is fantastic!!! After picking it up I
headed out to Lake Mead. The wind was blowing quite a bit so the water was rather choppy that morning. Not exactly the best conditions to be out with a new boat but I figured this would give me the perfect opportunity to really test the Fathom. At first there was a couple of scary moments when the waves would broad side me but the boat responded really well leaning into the waves. I'm really impressed with the way the Fathom tracked in the wind once I got the skeg adjusted. Seeing how my first boat didn't have a rudder or skeg I was constantly fighting to keep that boat tracking correctly. Can't believe how much of a difference deploying the skeg makes on tracking. Can't wait to really give the Fathom a workout on the Colorado River. If anyone is considering getting a new kayak, I would highly recommend that they check out the Fathom. Thanks again Robert I think I made a good choice in choosing the Fathom. Can't wait to get out on the water with you all again."
Paula from Las Vegas writes...
Over the past two years I’ve been researching different brands and types of kayaks, but there was always something about each that didn’t offer the whole package. Until Kayak Lake Mead introduced me to Eddyline…specifically the Night Hawk 16. It offers me, a relatively new paddler, the opportunity to
confidently paddle in all conditions. So many people advised me to not consider a kayak without a rudder. I quickly discovered, with instruction from the experts, that the Night Hawk 16 is easily maneuvered in the wind and waves, and the skeg works great when a little tracking assistance is needed. There’s plenty of room to haul everything needed for a few days on the water, AND…it looks great! Also, the recommendation of a Swift paddle was right on. When I first held it I was delighted with how light it was. Now I’m delighted at how tough and powerful it is. The Night Hawk 16 and the Swift paddle…my “whole package!”
Arnie from Boulder City, Nevada...
"My purchase (the Eddyline kayak; Merlin LT) was through Robert Finlay of Kayak Lake Mead, who was recommended by the local Seda dealer for instruction. Robert placed the order, kept me updated on the delivery schedule and made sure that the kayak arrived in good condition. He was also helpful in recommending an appropriate paddle, and clothing. He also provided instruction on paddling technique which exceeded the training I received in San Diego. The forward stroke, edging and self recovery were all taught in a manner that would help me to understand not only what to do, but why I was doing it."
Michael from Alaska...
"Got the boats out yesterday and the paddle (the Mid Swift) is great. So much lighter
than my old Nimbus. Thanks!"
Christina from Michigan's beautiful western Upper Peninsula!
"Hi Robert - The mid-Swift paddle is phenomenal! Thanks for all your advice, and thanks for the hat!"
Bryan from North Carolina
"The two Swift paddles arrived today and I couldn't be happier! They're nothing short of amazing! Thanks so much for the quick service and great prices. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Years!"
The paddle came in Saturday and it is a beauty.