KayaXpedition - July 20, 2019

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For those looking for yet another reason to visit the region, head to Chesapeake, VA for KayaXpedition. This family-friendly festival held yearly at Oak Grove Lake Park has something for absolutely everyone—from races and classes to live music and local food.


Learn or Practice

Put on by Chesapeake Parks, Recreation and Tourism, the annual KayaXpedition seeks to promote the use of the city’s many waterways.

Kayaking classes are offered for all levels, from those looking to start navigating the waterways to boaters hoping to learn basic terminology of the sport. There will even be opportunities for kayak aficionados simply hoping to brush up on old skills.

Register for a class at KayaXpedition and you’re more than welcome to bring your own kayak. Personal vessels are only permitted for those participating in courses, otherwise, you can rent one at the park to use in the sessions or just get out on the water.

Past years have offered stand-up paddleboard rentals, yoga classes, and kayaking courses from Virginia Beach Paddlesports. These courses cover things like forward strokes, maneuvering, and paddle refinement. You can also learn proper techniques to avoid fatigue and even injury.

Enjoy the Day

With over 65 acres of natural beauty, Oak Grove Lake Park is the perfect location to celebrate the start of summer. The spectacular man-made lake at the heart of the park offers calm waters ideal for canoeing or kayaking. Although the park does not typically allow kayaking and canoeing, a special exception is made for this yearly event.

Spend the day on the lake in your vessel, or bask in the natural surroundings on shore while enjoying quality time with friends, family, and new acquaintances. A 1.5-mile trail runs the perimeter of the lake, so you can also watch the activities from dry land while you hang out on foot or bike. 

Guided tours of the area, food trucks with snacks, drinks, and other goodies; plus live music from steel drum bands are also traditionally part of the celebration. And, as in years prior, REI will be on-site to help answer questions about gear or give advice on all things outdoors.

Have a bite or an entire meal at one of the many picnic shelters, paddle to the beat of live music from your kayak, sway along to the sounds from the shoreline, or take one of the many classes offered throughout the day. And, of course, to fully enjoy this outdoor experience, don’t forget your sunscreen.

Visit the City of Chesapeake website for more information.

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