Where to rent boats, kayaks and canoes around Knoxville during Memorial Day weekend

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John Marquis has some advice for people wanting to kayak Norris Lake during Memorial Day weekend.

“If you really want to have a good experience out on the lake, they need to get out there the earlier the better,” said Marquis, who owns Norris Paddling Adventures at Norris Dam Marina and Adventures Outdoors Rentals on Melton Lake in Oak Ridge.

Marquis called Memorial Day weekend “one of the busiest times” for boat and water sports activity. The coronavirus pandemic hasn’t slowed down his business. On the contrary, he’s heard from customers who say the chance to get on the water is an oasis during these times, especially.

“Paddling benefits people in two ways,” Marquis said. “No. 1, it benefits them physically, but more so, it does affect them mentally. Being out in nature is something that I think our bodies are acclimated for. We’re almost designed to be out in nature.”

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