Kayaking has become more and more popular in Ohio. Kayakers will be thrilled at our selection of boats and paddles. We carry spray skirts, bilge pumps, and paddle floats to add to your gear. Grab a wetsuit, paddling gloves, and waterproof shoes to go with your new sunglasses and life vest.

Appalachian Outfitters has kayaks, paddles, and paddleboards from brands like Wilderness Systems, Surftech, Bending Branches, Perception and Dagger.


Paddleboarding is another water sport that we support. Check out our full line of stand up paddleboards and stand up paddles by the top manufacturers. Our expert staff can guide you in your selections even if you are just getting started in the sport. Our staff can show you all the gear you will need for a great adventure.


Racks and carriers

We have everything you will need to transport your kayak, paddleboard, or fishing gear. Choose from a variety of car roof racks from Yakima, with canoe and kayak carriers to get your boat there and back safely, as well as accessories for carrying bikes, skis, and snowboards. To get your boat from the car to the shore, stop in and pick up a rolling kayak cart. We don’t just sell paddling equipment–we help you put it to use. Check out our kayaking classes or ask an associate for information on how to use anything you see in our store. Come in and browse through our water sports section and imagine the adventures you could have.

Wilderness Systems

Wilderness Systems kayaks are well known in the industry for offering innovative designs that are tuned for performance, premium outfitting, and stunning quality. They are great for both the seasoned kayaker and the novice. They have won many awards including Winner of the 2009, 2010 and 2011 “Boat Brand of the Year” by Canoe and Kayak Magazine. Their kayaks fall into 3 categories: recreational, touring, and sea kayaking. These kayaks have great stability, manageability, speed and glide, tracking, and maneuverability ratings. The cockpits are comfortable, safe, and easy to control. The hatch has a place to store your gear. Some kayak series come pre-outfitted for fishing with pre-installed features such as a Scotty Rod holder and flush-mount rod holders.

Perception and Dagger

Perception and Dagger have introduced more people to paddling than probably any other kayak maker. In fact, they pioneered the plastic kayak, which began an explosion in the sport. Almost anyone that paddles knows the Perception and Dagger brand names and their history. See our trained staff at Appalachian Outfitters to help you select the right boat to comfortably fit your needs.