Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing — absolutely nothing — half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.
— The Wind In The Willows

Knowledge and experience

True North Kayak Tours has been operating on the shore of Vermont’s Lake Champlain for the past 10 years, its experienced guides live locally and are familiar with the Lake’s rich historical and natural history. True North guides are certified in wilderness first aid, CPR, water safety, and by the ACA and British Canoe Union. Guides are continually learning new skills, and continuing their training to insure a safe, fun, and challenging kayak trip.

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Family Operated

True North Kayak Tours is owned and operated by Jane and Dovid Yagoda, an effective mother/son team that have been paddling as guides for over 12 years each. Both Jane and Dovid have kayak experience on the open ocean in areas including the Baja peninsula, Block Island Sound, and the Puget Sound. Most recently Jane and Dovid have been exploring Lake Champlain. Their quests for truly unique, and special, kayak spots on the lake have allowed them to lead tours to areas on the lake that never ceases to astound their customers.

Fun and adventure await

This year True North is leading a wide variety of kayak trips including a six day adventure camp, several luxurious inn to inn tours, peddle and paddle trips, as well as adult camping trips, and BCU instructional programs. Come and learn new skills, confidence, and how to play like a kid again.

We hope to see you on the water soon.

The Yagodas’


Our Beginning



I learned that the richness of life is found in adventure. . . . It develops self-reliance and independence. Life then teems with excitement. There is stagnation only in security.

— William Orville Douglas


Many people underestimate just how wild the lake can be. Always plan ahead and know your limit.

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Our Mission

To foster the love of kayaking through safe, fun and kayak trips on Lake Champlain.


16 Million

People participated in a kayak event in the year 2017


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Kayaking is enjoyed by kids of all ages.


History of Lake Champlain

Lake Champlain is one of the largest lakes in the county. It is 6th in line after the great lakes and was created by the same geologic events. At over 100 miles long, 300 feet deep the lake is the lifeblood of the Champlain Valley. Discovered by Samuel de Champlain it was soon recognized as a valuable resource with strategic and economic benefits.