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     April 3, 2017      #43-92 a2z
Steve Klein, owner of River Basin Canoe and Kayak in Burlington, stands near some of the many options available in his shop.

Picking what to paddle: Canoes, kayaks and hybrids, oh my!

By Todd Welvaert

Both canoes and kayaks are ideal for paddling area rivers, creeks and lakes, and the choices in manufacture’s styles, designs and features has never been greater. The hardest part about getting out on the water might be figuring out what to paddle when you get there. 

Steve Klein, 20-year owner of River Basin Canoe and Kayak in Burlington, Iowa, and a 40-year paddler, has seen a continuing evolution in the the paddling sports.

“The best advice I can give is come out and paddle one,” Klein says. “Think about what you are going to use it for, what kind of paddling you want to do, where you are going to do it and we can help you find a boat that fits you ...

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Radish contributor Todd Welvaert's daughter, Amelia paddling the family's kayak.