$39 for a Full-Day Kayak Rental with a Beginner Land-Based Lesson at Kayak Morris ($80 Value)

Kayak Morris Campground

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Kayaking is a workout that surrounds you with nature, like chopping down a tree or escaping from a coffin. Look alive with this Groupon.

The Deal

  • $39 for a beginner kayak lesson and rental ($80 value)

After a 10- to 15-minute beginner land-based lesson that covers kayak safety, proper boat fitment and basic beginner strokes (forward, reverse,turning and stopping), students have access to one of Kayak Morris’s rental kayaks for the remainder of the day. The lesson takes place in William G. Stratton State Park, and from there, students can take their craft to the Illinois River, Mazon River, or Illinois and Michigan Canal to practice their newly learned skills.

Double kayak rentals require two Groupons.

Kayak Morris

Janée Matteson is a little wary of technology. The more ubiquitous it becomes, she finds, it has more potential to keep kids indoors (a trend she has dubbed “acute nature deficit disorder”). Janée, whose family’s roots have been growing in Morris for nearly 200 years, basically spent her entire childhood outside, learning fur trapping and duck hunting with her father on the banks of the Illinois River. So in addition to her deep passion for the outdoors, founding Kayak Morris was largely inspired by doing whatever she could to help kids, their families, and domesticated teddy bears spend more time in nature.

Kayak Morris offers kayak and canoe lessons, and in addition, patrons can borrow their largely new fleet for leisurely trips along the Illinois River, Mazon River, or Illinois and Michigan Canal, which are home to wildlife such as great-blue herons, bald eagles, coyotes and red-tailed hawks. The staff also lead guided ecotours, which teach kids and adults about natural resources and what they can do to preserve and protect them for future generations. Family-focused private campgrounds is adjacent to the State Park along the rivers’ sandy shores invite groups to stay for monthly Glampouts (glamorous campouts) and spend their days taking advantage of potluck dinners, hiking, fishing, bike rentals, or guided kayak tours and to spend their nights watching a movie on Morris’ outdoor projection screen as campfires crackle nearby.

In a Nutshell

On-land lesson covers safety and essential strokes before students pilot craft on 1 of 3 nearby beginner waterways for the rest of the day

The Fine Print

Expires 210 days after purchase. Limit 4 per person, may buy 4 additional as gifts. Limit 4 per customer/group per visit. Reservation required; subject to weather conditions. 24hr cancellation notice required. Must adhere to kayak regulations. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Must sign waiver and present upon arrival. Not valid on holiday weekends. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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