How cold is too cold to kayak?
Also, can you kayak when cold?
Your hands are your motor on the water and keeping them comfortable is important for paddlers. During cold weather, this means wearing gloves, mittens or pogies that are durable, warm and water-resistant. It's also important to find a pair that doesn't impair paddle control.
- Dress For Immersion. When the air and water are both cold, nothing beats dressing for immersion.
- Warm The Core. Like rain gear, a drysuit only keeps you dry.
- Take Care of Your Hands. Constantly exposed to the cold water, your hands will be chilly.
- Your Head.
- Stay Warm on Shore.
- The Creature Comforts.
Similarly one may ask, what is good weather for kayaking?
A rule of thumb is that the combined air and water temperature must be above 120 degrees for you to leave the wetsuit at home. For a full discussion, read What to Wear Kayaking.
You will probably need a wetsuit or a drysuit if the combined temperature of the air and water is below 120 degrees Fahrenheit, and if the water is below 60 degrees you will likely need one regardless of the air temperature.