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When fun is the order of the day.

Whether you're planning to snorkel on a pristine reef, watch birds in the marshes, or cast for bass in your local lake, turn to the Jackson Kayaks Riviera Kayak for ease of use and a good time out on the water. The highback seat design provides support for all-day adventures while the back bungee rigging allows you to stow scuba gear, extra jackets, or even a cooler. Plus, the watertight bow hatch allows you to safely stow your phone, camera, and keys.

  • 11.4-foot length and 30-inch wide hull is designed to be exceptionally stable and easy to control
  • Highback seat supports your lower back for paddling comfort
  • Terraced foot rest system fits a wide range of leg lengths and enhances control
  • Bow dry hatch keeps valuables, phones, and cameras safely stowed
  • Bungee deck rigging in the stern allows you to carry a cooler, snorkeling gear, or extra jackets
  • Stern deck can also be a resting place for a small water-loving dog or child
  • Webbing side handles and molded-in bow and stern handles make this 46-pound boat easy to transport and load
  • Rear skid plate protects the hull when it gets dragged over gravel, sand, and rocks
  • Bow drain plug allows you to evacuate water from the hull

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what class rivers can this run, ie 1,2 class. a big standing waves? class 3 too big for this craft?


Since class ratings are pretty subjective (and one's ability to navigate them safely dependent on the ability to read the water) it's tough to give you a precise answer-- for an inexperienced paddler I'd say class I-II.

This boat is definitely meant to be more of a recreational flatwater craft, but for the occasional whitewater jaunt, it should be fine, depending on skill level. The lack of rocker in the hull is going to be the biggest limiting factor for paddling bigger water.

Hit me up and we can chat more about finding you the right sit-on-top!

Lara LaBar


Unanswered Question

Has anyone ever attached anything to their Jackson Riviera to make it more fishing compatible....pole mount or etc


Jackson Kayak Riviera

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

This is a great kayak and delivered in perfect condition !!!

Very easy to deal with.


Jackson Kayak Riviera

    This is a great kayak at an entry level price. Perfect for recreational kayaking on mellow rivers, lakes, and reservoirs. I also own the Perception Tribe 9.5, and they are extremely comparable. The Riviera is longer and narrower. It's a little bit sportier and a little less stable. I would not recommend standing up and fishing in it. It does have some nice extra details like a go-pro mount & a water tight chamber for your valuables. It's light weight and easy to carry - and the colors are gorgeous. I would say the design and materials are top notch.

    Jackson Kayak Riviera

    Stand Up Fly Fishing??

      Is this kayak suitable and stable enough to fly fish standing up on? My hunch is yes but wanted feedback. Also, what is included with the kayak (seat cushion, paddle, etc.), if anything.

      I would not stand up and fly fish . It is a great kayak and fairly stable but too narrow for me to stand. I would look into the Cruise for fly fishing


      Great kayak for the whole family !

      • Familiarity:I've used it several times

      We bought the Riviera as out first kayak . We are a family of beginners and have found this to be the perfect for us. Adults and children are comfortable paddeling. It is stable and very easy to mange in both still and moving water. Would highly recommend !


      A fun boat at a great price!

      • Familiarity:I've used it several times

      I'm 5'9" tall and 210 pounds. I bought my Riviera a year ago and have had it out on local lakes, slow moving (Class 1) rivers and even just puttering around near the shoreline on Lake Erie. It's super stable, takes waves well, and I can't explain this, but even without any scupper holes it rarely gets any water in the boat, except for launching and landing, but then I just sponge it out.

      I didn't think the backrest looked like it would be very comfortable but for $499 I took a chance. I'm glad I did, because it actually IS very comfortable. I can paddle for hours in that boat. It also has a small dry hatch for keeping keys, registration info, or whatever. It feels pretty light when loading on my vehicle... I think the stated weight is probably correct. It tracks very nicely but can still be turned when you need to. I really like this boat... an especially good deal for the low price.