The River Chaz

Explore the Possibilities:
Kayaking, Hiking, Biking & Trips.

Aqua Bound Stingray Hybrid Paddle Review

Website: www.aquabound.com It is very important to kayak or paddle board with a quality paddle. "Quality paddles come with more reliable components and are substantially lighter weight. Lighter paddles are less fatiguing, meaning you can enjoy your time on the water longer and feel less sore at the end of the day." Aqua Bound offers the lightest paddles on the market at every price point and a two-year warranty against manufacturing defects. I own the Stingray Hybrid two piece posi-lok kayak paddle (providing the ability to adjust the paddle for a variety of angles) and couldn't be happier with the light weight (30.5 oz.) with a carbon shaft and fiberglass blades. I have found that I can paddle more efficiently and for much longer periods of time with this paddle. I highly recommend this paddle for optimum performance.

Paddle TV, Paddle Tales and Facing Waves

For great instructional and informational videos of kayaking skills, gear and fantastic paddling destinations (kayaking & paddle boarding) check out Paddle TV, Paddle Tales (Amazon Prime also) and Facing Waves on Youtube. Facing Waves is also on the AWE (A Wealth of Entertainment) cable channel. These videos/shows are hosted by Ken Whiting, a former competitive whitewater kayaker. Ken's videos/shows are not only informative but entertaining as well.

Masonboro Paddle Company (Wilmington, NC)

Contact Info: 910-208-0571 (Steve Clark) Email: info@masonboropaddlecompany.com Website: Masonboropaddlecompany.com Address: Wilmington, NC Click here for more information.

Blydenburgh County Park - Stump Pond Loop Trail (Smithtown, NY)

Website: suffolkcountyny.gov Address: Veteran's Memorial Highway, Smithtown, NY 11788 Phone: 1 (631) 854-3712

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Belmont Lake State Park Hiking/Biking Trail (West Babylon, NY)

Website: parks.ny.gov Address: 625 Belmont Ave., West Babylon, NY 11704 Phone: 1 (631) 669-1000

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Cold Spring Harbor State Park Hiking Trail (Cold Spring Harbor, NY)

Website: parks.ny.gov Address: 95 Harbor Rd. Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724 Phone: 1 (631) 423-1770

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Rocky Woods Reservation Hiking Trails (Medfield, MA)

Website: thetrustees.org Address: 38 Hartford Street, Medfield, MA 01052 Phone: 1 (781) 259-3676

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Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve Hiking/BikingTrails (Lloyd Harbor, NY)

Website: parks.ny.gov Address: 25 Lloyd Harbor Rd., Lloyd Harbor, NY 11743 Phone: 1 (631) 423-1770

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Sunken Meadow State Park Trail (Kings Park, NY)

Website: parks.ny.gov Address: 25A and Sunken Meadow Parkway, Kings Park, NY 11754 Phone: 1 (631) 269-4333

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West Hills County Park (Melville, NY)

Website: suffolkcountyny.gov Address: Sweet Hollow Rd., Melville, NY 11747 Phone: 1 (631) 854-4423

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Caleb Smith State Park Preserve (Smithtown, NY)

Website: parks.ny.gov Address: 581 West Jericho Tpke Smithtown, NY 11787 Phone: (631) 265-1054

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Bethpage Bikeway Trail & Hiking Trails (Farmingdale, NY)

Website: dot.ny.gov/bethpagebikeway Address: Bethpage State Park - 99 Quaker Meeting House Rd. Farmingdale, NY 11735 Phone: (516) 249-0700

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Meadowlark Park Hiking/Biking Trails (Fort Salonga, NY)

Website: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/new-york/meadowlark-trail Address: Located in Fort Salonga, NY off of Middleville Rd and Back Gate Drive

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Connetquot River State Park Preserve (Bohemia, NY)

Website: https://parks.ny.gov/parks Address: Located in Bohemia, Long Island, New York Phone: (631) 581-1005

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Sunken Meadow State Park Boardwalk (Kings Park, NY)

Website: https://www.parks.ny.gov/parks Address: New York State Reference Rte 908K (Sunken Meadow Parkway North to end), Kings Park, NY 11754 Phone: (631) 269-4333

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Heckscher State Park Hiking/Biking Trails (East Islip, NY)

Website: https://www.parks.ny.gov/parks Address: 1 Heckscher State Parkway East Islip, NY 11730 Phone: (631) 581-2100

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Makamah Nature Preserve Hiking/BikingTrails (Fort Salonga, NY)

Website: https://www.suffolkcountyny.gov Address: Fort Salonga Road, Fort Salonga, NY 11768 Phone: (631) 854-4949

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Noanet Woodlands Hiking Trails (Dover, MA)

Website: thetrustees.org Address: Powisset Street Dover, MA 02030 Phone: 1 (508) 785-0339

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Massapequa Park Lake Preserve Hiking/Biking Trails (Massapequa, NY)

Website: nassaucountyny.gov Address: Merrick Road & Ocean Avenue, Massapequa, NY 11758 Phone:

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Trail View State Park Hiking/Biking Trails (Woodbury, NY)

Website: http://www.parks.ny.gov Address: 8101 Jericho Tpke Woodbury, NY 11797 Phone: 1 (631) 423-1770

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Stillwell Woods Preserve Hiking/Biking Trails (Syosett, NY)

Website: http://www.nassaucountyny.gov Address: 72 South Woods Road Syosset, NY 11797 Phone: 1 (516) 797-4128

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Appalachian Mountain Club (For Hiking, Biking, Camping, Kayaking & Canoeing)

Appalachian Mountain Club New York - New Jersey Chapter http://www.amc-ny.org

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Stanford University Study on the Benefits of Nature

Researchers at Stanford University discuss the benefits of Nature: Click on LEARN MORE to access the link to the study.

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Cupsogue Beach County Park (Westhampton Beach, NY)

Website: suffolkcountyny.gov or scparks@suffolkcountyny.gov Address: 975 Dune Road Westhampton Beach, NY 11978 Phone: (631)-852-8111 (seasonal)

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Huntington Greenway Trail (Northport, NY)

The Huntington Greenway Trail - Huntington Greenway Trails Citizen's Advisory Committee Website: huntingtonny.gov Address: Veteran's Park on Bellerose Avenue in Northport, NY 11768 Drive all the way to the back parking lot and enter through the fence. Phone: (631) 351-3000

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Uplands Farm Sanctuary by The Nature Conservancy

Website: nature.org Address: 250 Lawrence Hill Rd. Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724 Phone: (631)-367-3225

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Belmont Lake State Park Hiking/Biking Trail (West Babylon, NY)

Website: parks.ny.gov Address: 625 Belmont Ave., West Babylon, NY 11704 Phone: 1 (631) 669-1000

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Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve Hiking/BikingTrails (Lloyd Harbor, NY)

Website: parks.ny.gov Address: 25 Lloyd Harbor Rd., Lloyd Harbor, NY 11743 Phone: 1 (631) 423-1770

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Peloton

Website: onepeloton.com

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Cedar Creek Park Bike Trail to Tobay Beach (Seaford, NY)

Address: 3340 Merrick Rd., Seaford, NY 11783 Website: nassaucountyny.gov Phone: 1 (516) 571-7470

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Heckscher State Park Hiking/Biking Trails

Website: https://www.parks.ny.gov/parks Address: 1 Heckscher State Parkway East Islip, NY 11730 Phone: (631) 581-2100

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Bethpage State Park Bikeway Trail & Hiking Trails

Website: dot.ny.gov/bethpagebikeway Address: Bethpage State Park - 99 Quaker Meeting House Rd. Farmingdale, NY 11735 Phone: (516) 249-0700

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Appalachian Mountain Club (For Hiking, Biking, Camping, Kayaking & Canoeing)

Appalachian Mountain Club New York-New Jersey Chapter http://www.amc-ny.org

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FLORIDA: Suncoast Trail

Websites: pascocountyfl.net floridahikes.com floridadep.gov Address: 16175 SR54 Odessa, FL 33556

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Coastal Carolina Sea Kayaking Trip: https://www.rei.com/adventures/trips/weekend/carolina-sea-kayaking.html

I signed up for a trip through REI that looks amazing (April 22nd -25th). The information that follows is courtesy of REI Adventures: "Coastal Carolina's Barrier Islands provide some of the most spectacular wilderness ecosystems in the country, teeming with diverse wildlife and untouched shorelines. Paddle these coastlines while playful Atlantic bottlenose dolphins dip in and out of view. As the warm afternoon sunshine rises, take a moment to observe the tremendous amount of natural wildlife that surrounds us."


  • Date: 4/22/2021 08:00 AM - 4/25/2021 12:00 PM
  • Location: Mt Pleasant, SC, USA (Map)
  • More Info: Coastal Expeditions/REI

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Hi! My name is Charles Bauer. I am a retired HS Social Studies Teacher and Golf & Soccer Coach. Since retiring in June of 2020 (the year of COVID-19), I have been busy exploring many different outdoor activities, kayaking, hiking and biking, as well as golf. I am a member of the Long Island Paddlers and the Appalachian Mountain Club. I have also completed the ACA Safety Certification class for canoe and kayaks.

Charles is also an Aqua Bound Pro Staff Ambassador. See attached links.
https://aquabound.com/blogs/resources/explore-kayaking-possibilities-with-the-river-chaz
https://aquabound.com/pages/team-member

I will attempt to provide you with my honest perspective of my experiences under the "Reviews" tabs.

This website is dedicated to exploring kayaking, hiking and biking opportunities wherever they may be found.

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