Glass-Bottom Kayaks Are Now a Thing at This Pristine Lake in Oregon

By Tyler Willford – June 9, 2019 Thatoregonlife.com

Kayaking and canoeing are among many favorite things to do when adventuring in Oregon, and a new startup company has taken kayaking to the next level. Journey with us to Wallowa Lake in eastern Oregon, where Jo Paddle recently launched their lighted, transparent kayaks.

Wallowa Lake, one of the 7 wonders of Oregon is commonly referred to as the Swiss Alps of Oregon.

They offer guided tours for daytime rentals, or at night if you prefer. If you’ve ever wondered what it looks like on the bottom of one of Oregon’s most gorgeous lakes, now is your chance to find out.

“I noticed that they had these on Lake Tahoe,” said owner Robert Nichols when talking with Wallowa County Chieftain. “I thought they would be ideal for people who wanted to explore Wallowa Lake.”

Made of transparent lexan, the boats seat two people and are 11 feet long and are said to hold up to 425 pounds. Each boat is equipped with a large dry-bag to hold your belongings, such as your phone or whatever else you want to bring.

During the day, you will have the opportunity to see a crystal clear view of the bottom in water up to around 15 feet deep. Daytime paddlers will have the opportunity to see occasional kokanee or sucker-fish, and a plethora of glacially-transported rocks of all shapes, sizes, and composition.

And if you’re feeling really adventurous, they also offer nighttime tours. These extra unique kayaks are outfitted with LED running lights along the gunwales, and lights on the bottom of the craft that illuminate the lake’s bottom.

If kayaks aren’t your thing, Jo Paddle also offers a canoe, and a stand-up paddleboard with a transparent portion to view the lake beneath you. With 8.2 miles of shoreline, there’s no shortage of areas to explore. Who knows, with over 500 watts of lights the word is you may even discover some hidden treasure at Wallowa Lake!

Jo Paddles operates out of the Wallowa County Park and the north end of Wallowa Lake. Rentals include PFDs, a dry bag, and other essentials. And the longer you rent your kayak, the cheaper the hourly rate. Depending on how long you want to go out, they offer two, four, or six-hour trips.

Jo Paddles does not have a rental facility at the lake but will deliver kayaks to their clients by prior arrangement. If you are headed from Portland, you are looking at anywhere from around 6 to 8 hours to get to Wallowa Lake. If you want to reserve daytime rentals or nighttime tours, make sure and head over to their website at jopaddle.com. For more information, give them a ring at 541-886-0086.

WHAT IS A WALLOWA?
Wallowa is a Nez Perce word for a type of fish trap built by Native Americans in the river just below the outfall of Wallowa Lake.

Want to read more about Wallowa Lake? Camping here is among many other awesome things to do in this neck of the woods. Make sure and hit the link here to find out more about one of the 7 wonders of Oregon.

Glass-Bottom Kayaks Are Now a Thing at This Pristine Lake in Oregon

Explore This Oregon Lake Like Never Before In A Glass-Bottom Kayak

Catherine Armstrong Only In Your State – Oregon www.onlyinyourstate.com

Kayaking is a great way to get out on the water and explore a lake, but have you ever tried a glass-bottom kayak? There’s a company on Wallowa Lake that has special kayaks so you can see right to the bottom of the lake, and you’re going to want to try it.

Wallowa Lake is one of Oregon’s most beautiful gems. Its waters are clean and clear, and it offers a surface area of 1,508 to explore. One of the best ways to see this lake is inside a kayak, and with a glass-bottom kayak from Jo Paddle, you can see both above and below the surface! Your Wallowa Lake adventure starts at the boat ramp on the the north end of Wallowa Lake. Jo Paddle offers both kayak rentals and kayak tours. Your guide will meet you at the dock with the kayaks and give you a 20-minute orientation. These kayaks are unlike any other. They seat two people and can hold up to 425 pounds. Each kayak has a large dry-bag to hold your belongings. Don’t worry if you’ve never paddled a kayak – there’s no experience necessary. Paddle along the shoreline for the best opportunity to see the bottom of the lake. Wallowa Lake has 8.2 miles of shoreline, so you’ll find plenty of spots to keep you occupied. You might even find some hidden treasure! Rent your kayak for two, four, or six hours, depending on how long you want to be out on the lake. The longer your rental time, the cheaper the hourly rate! For a truly unique experience, book a tour with Jo Paddle. The Nighttime Adventure Tour is 1.5 hours long, and the lights on the kayak make it possible to see the bottom, where fish glide beneath your kayak. Jo Paddle offers several other tours, as well. Take the Wallowa Lake Monster Expedition, where you’ll hear tales about the infamous and elusive Wallowa Lake Monster, or enjoy the Sunset Picnic Tour, which is for adults only. Enjoy the heavens above on the Full Moon Tour, or on two special nights of the year, take the Full Moonrise tour. Tours cost $85-$100 for a single kayak, and $125-$140 for a double kayak.
See all of Jo Paddle’s tours and book yours now on the website. You also might want to follow the company’s Facebook page to see the latest adventures.

https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/oregon/jo-paddle-or/

Jo Paddle launches glass bottom kayaks and more at Wallowa Lake

Ellen Morris Bishop Wallowa County Chieftain

Ever wonder what’s on the bottom of Wallowa Lake? Now you can see for yourself in one of the new, transparent kayaks available from startup Jo Paddle.

“I noticed that they had these on Lake Tahoe,” said owner Robert Nichols. “I thought they would be ideal for people who wanted to explore Wallowa Lake.”

The 22 foot long kayaks are made of transparent lexan, and seat two people. On daytime paddlers, they offer a clear view of the bottom in water up to about 15 feet deep.

Daytime paddlers can glimpse an occasional kokanee or sucker-fish, and a plethora of glacially-transported rocks of all shapes, sizes and composition.

Jo Paddle also offers guided nighttime tours. Nichols outfitted his boats with LED running lights along the gunwhales, and lights on the bottom of the craft that illuminate the lake’s bottom.

Either way, paddlers have the feeling of immersion in the lake, while remaining dry. Other options for rental include a stand-up paddleboard with a transparent portion to view the lake beneath you, and a more conventional canoe.

Jo Paddles will operate out of the Wallowa County Park and the north end of Wallowa Lake. Rentals include PFDs, a dry bag, and other essentials.

Jo Paddles does not have a rental facility at the lake, but will deliver kayaks to their clients by prior arrangement. Reserve daytime rentals or nighttime tours through their website: jopaddle.com. For more information, call them at 541-886-0086.

https://www.wallowa.com/news/jo-paddle-launches-glass-bottom-kayaks-and-more-at-wallowa/article_3ad49a44-6e81-11e9-84b3-4bde10f5ed53.html

JO Paddle Is A Proud New Chamber Member Of The Wallowa County and Joseph Chambers

We are happy to announce that as of 08/30/18 we are now members of the prestigious Wallowa County and Joseph Chamber of Commerce. The chamber is an invaluable resource for local businesses and we are proud to join the club. The chamber websites are a great knowledge base for things to see and do in Joseph and Wallowa County and we highly recommend it as a research tool for new comers and locals alike. Visit www.wallowacounty.com and www.josephoregon.com to learn more.