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  • Meg McCall

Kayak Carts: Do I Need One and What Kind Should I Get?

If you’re lucky enough to live on a lake or some other body of water, you may have gone your entire life without ever having needed or used a kayak cart. You either drag your kayak onshore, store it in a boathouse, or leave it on a dock. Putting in is just a matter of carrying it a few feet, grabbing your gear, and heading out for a paddle.

C-Tug Kayak Cart with Sand Wheels

For the rest of us, however, transporting our kayaks, canoes, SUPs and surfboards isn’t quite so easy – at least not if we don’t have a helper along. It usually involves some combination of lugging them out of the garage, hoisting them onto a vehicle, finding a parking spot at a marina or park, unloading them, and hauling them to the water’s edge. And that’s just for starters. There’s also the effort required to gather up and transport rods and tackle, a cooler, a dry bag, safety gear and the variety of other paraphenalia we normally bring along.


A canoe or kayak cart doesn’t eliminate all of these steps, but it does make some of them a heck of a lot easier. We asked a group of avid kayakers why and how they use kayak and canoe carts. Their comments are noted in italics throughout this article.


Common Reasons for Using a Kayak Cart


canoe cart kayak cart features

Reducing Effort and Muscle Strain