$39 for a Full-Day Kayak Rental with a Land-Based Lesson at Kayak Morris ($85 Value)


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

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Promotional value expires 180 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. 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. Double kayak rentals require two Groupons. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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

$39 for a Kayak Lesson and Rental ($85 Value)

After a 20- to 30-minute on-land lesson that covers kayak safety and basic strokes (forward, reverse, and turning), students have access to one of Kayak Morris’s brand-new 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.

Customer Reviews

53 Ratings

Great trip!! Very well done!!
Kathryn B. · August 1, 2016
Kayak Morris was amazing! The experience was great and the staff was so friendly and nice! I would definately go again!
Rachel I. · July 31, 2016
Very nice day on the river.... the weather was perfect. It's a little hard to find, but definitely worth it! Very nice and friendly staff. This was my 1st time on a kayak, I'll be doing it again next year! :)
Cheryl R. · September 14, 2015
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