Kayakers, unlike pancakes or depressed turtles, muster the will to get themselves upright when flipped upside down. Float through life with today's Groupon: for $49, you get an 8-mile World Class Kayak Fishing Package from Clear Waters Outfitting Company in Clearwater (a $99 value).
Clear Waters Outfitting Company’s staff outfits patrons for their quest to snag sunlight and smallmouth bass on a scenic, 8-mile stretch of the Mississippi River. The World Class Kayak Fishing Package supplies paddlers with provisions for a morning of fish taming, beginning with a fishing kayak, paddle, and lifejacket. A special map and orientation session directs paddlers to the fishing hot spots, many of which are unreachable by motorboats and mythical Scottish monsters. Packed along for the ride, a rod and reel, fishing tackle and equipment, and a lunch from Nelson Bros. Restaurant & Bakery complete the state of river-readiness. The 8-mile trek takes four–six hours, and offers opportunities to catch Mississippi smallmouth, walleye, muskie, and two parts of hydrogen for every part of oxygen. Eagles, blue herons, egrets, hawks, and pelicans often flutter about the area, as this portion of the river is a major migratory corridor and a popular gossip hangout for teenage avians. The secluded, quiet area fosters an idyllic retreat for human-powered schooners, schooner-powered waves, and wave-powered fish surfers.
Clear Waters Outfitting Company
Outdoor enthusiasts Dan and Sandra Meer equip adventurers with canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards to explore lakes and rivers close to the twin cities. “One group we sent out on just a two- or three-hour trip counted 12 eagles,” Dan says, marveling at the myriad wild turkeys, muskrats, and deer that often congregate along the protected waterway to gossip about bald eagles’ unconvincing hair plugs. Gleaming schools of small-mouth bass lure fishermen to the rippling waters, and plentiful sandbars and shallow depths also beckon younger explorers. “We want to get kids involved,” says Dan—himself a former Boy Scout and now the father of two more Scouts. “Get them away from their screens.”
He and his wife entice those youths, and older adventurers as well, with day trips in canoes and kayaks whose hulls are made in nearby Wenonah. For overnight jaunts down the river, the couple rents both vessels and camping gear, and at their store—housed in an old creamery building on the riverbank—they sell new and used canoes and kayaks to dedicated paddlers who know the river so well they can fall asleep while swimming across it.