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keep water out of the boat even when the pilot needs to manually roll the kayak back up. Those kayaks are designed with the ability to be flipped back up by the pilot if the vessel were to tip over. “You could run into trouble in a large cockpit though, you know, but people can run into trouble doing anything,” Carpenter said. For example, if a person were to put their head inside the kayak to search for something they packed inside and it flips in the water, they could drown, Carpenter said. Snowmobile, ATV, Lawn Mower, and Bicycle Sales and Service West Side Recreation 12512 W. Hwy. 27, Little Falls • (320) 632-6547 651918fs3/12/17 18 Photo by Shirley Mae When it comes to entering the craft, each has an area where they excel over the other. Getting into a canoe in the water is easier than doing so for a kayak because the canoe is more stable. However, unlike a canoe where the boater sits high off the waterline, a kayak can be boarded on a beach and then pushed by the pilot out onto the water. Most canoes dragged across the ground would be damaged, Carpenter explained. Beautiful holes Resort quality golf with inexpensive rates Golf and dine in a casual atmosphere · Happy Hour & Dinner Specials 1-218-575-3300 25 miles north of Little Falls on Hwy 10 Technique certainly plays a role in the preferred vessel. “It’s a matter of technique as to which one is better,” Carpenter said. The kayak is easier to paddle because it has a double paddle with one for either side of the boat. A canoe can’t use tha t paddle because once again, the pilot is too high off the water to get the proper leverage when paddling, Carpenter said. While he said he prefers the kayak because his legs are stretched out, the question of which boat is more comfortable is a matter of preference. When it comes to preferences on bodies of water to float on, Carpenter said he prefers the rivers. “I think these were made for rivers,” Carpenter said of both canoes and kayaks. In the Little Falls area, there is a 30-mile stretch between dams. “People can float for two days and not have to worry about a dam,” Carpenter said. In the end, paddling the rivers of Minnesota by kayak or canoe will provide a world of adventure and an experience worth living. 544083so5/22/16 29