Maine Island Trail monitors noted far more overnight kayak activity twenty years ago than now. Today the trend is toward quick day trips that are led by outfitters.
The cycle on the Maine ocean does not necessarily reflect cycles elsewhere.
So on inland lakes yes rec kayaks are in profusion. Twenty years ago there were none. When registration starts up along with collection of excise tax you can bet most of those rec kayaks will disappear.
So there is no one answer. In the Adrrondacks you will hear of an explosion of pack canoes. Not kayaks.
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