Pack Stories

Hear it from our best. We’ve polled the Merrell Team on the best places to enjoy the beautiful waters that surround us all. Here our tips and tricks from the team & don’t forget to share your own. @merrelloutside

Alex – Sales Rep in NorCal

Mirror Lake in Lake Placid, NY is one of my favorite places to SUP. It’s a beautiful lake in the Adirondacks with mountain views all around in the heart of the town of Lake Placid. They also do not allow motor boats on the lake so you can avoid all the boat wakes. There is a great place in town called Big Mountain Creperie to grab a coffee and breakfast burrito before hitting the water. You can put in at the beach on the south end of the lake where when your done you can sit out on the deck and enjoy a great beer at Lake Placid Brewery. Tip: Bring a pair of floating sandals or wear your water shoes (my pick is the trail glove) to negotiate the rocky shores and beaches when it’s time to get off your board.

Donner Lake in Truckee, CA is a great place to SUP in the Sierra’s. Like it’s famous neighbor Lake Tahoe it is crystal clear water with amazing mountain views. Best bet is to get a early start before boats make the water too choppy which also gives you the rest of the day to check out the beaches and docks that line the shore. After you work up an appetite check out Taco’s Jalisco in Truckee to get your post SUP taco fix. Tip: Inflatable life vests are a great way to stay safe and legal while cutting down on the bulk and restriction of movement of a traditional life vest.

Josh – Sales Rep in the Northwest

For days that escaping the urban jungle for the mountains isn’t possible, I find it strangely relaxing to drop my kayak in at Lake Union – right in the heart of Seattle.

To put a hard day’s work to rest, I love paddling against the cool breezes off Puget Sound and navigating the web of iconic Seattle houseboats.

Tip: Bring some local brews and time your paddle about an hour before sunset, drop in near Gas Works Park to get the full experience.


One of my favorite places to kayak is Lake Wenatchee & the Wenatchee River. Located in Washington State’s Cascade Range, it’s the perfect casual paddle. I love the mountain views, quiet atmosphere and endless wilderness. Tip: Bring a friend to share the beautiful views with and paddle down into the local town of Leavenworth. I highly recommend visiting Icicle Brewing Company for an after paddle brew and Idlewild Pizza Co for some great wood-fired pizza.


Leah – Marketing Specialist

One of my favorite places to take my SUP is in Eastern Washington¹s Banks Lake. My favorite thing about Banks lake is that no matter when you go, the sun is guaranteed to be shining. If you find yourself at Banks, be sure to pack your climbing gear! There are plenty of great places to climb and cliff jump.

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Lauren Heindl – Digital Marketing Specialist

Nothing Beats kayaking down the Platte River in Northern Michigan because you can finish with a chilly dip in Lake Michigan & you can stop for a cool brew at Shorts in Bellaire, MI afterwards. My kayaking tip is bring snacks so you don’t get hangry on the river!

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