12' 4"
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Coosa Description

Based on the incredibly stable, fast and versatile Kilroy hull, this sit-inside recreational kayak design for exploration fun and family adventure. The Tripper 12 comes with loads of storage space, our comfortable patented Hi-Lo Elite seat and unending ways to set it up for your on-water use. Stuff it for a long adventure, load it up for fishing or simply take it out for a leisurely paddle, the Tripper will get you there.

Coosa Specs and Features

  • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
  • Cockpit Type: Sit on Top / Open Cockpit
  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate

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Coosa Reviews

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Bought this about 2 years…

Submitted by: paddler2089467 on 6/9/2022

Bought this about 2 years ago and have been using it often. Most of my paddling is in PA in larger streams or smaller rivers for trout and smallmouth, with occasional lake and bigger river trips. I needed something light enough to cartop on my own, nimble enough to negotiate minor rapids, and most importantly low draft to get over riffles. That's really a huge consideration!!! So many of the fishing kayaks are getting so big that you need a trailer and a launch, which kind of defeats the point of having a yak.

Everything is a trade-off, but this meets my goals. I am about 5'8" 190 lbs and I can stand, and I can cast a spinning rod while standing, but not real comfortably. The back cast on a fly rod is tougher yet, but hey, there's a high seating position and that is fine. It is a little on the heavy side when you gotta portage around dams, or carry a few hundred yards to the stream (with a partner). But it's doable, and to get any lighter you gotta give up standing, and it's already on the lighter end as fishing yaks go. The right balance of size and length, IMO. Storage and layout is excellent. Wish I had a track on it for a fly rod holder, as the upright rod holder doesn't handle the short butt of a fly rod. It's got some rocker and it's real nimble in the current. The drag chain chute is fantastic, perfect for my needs. The seat is comfortable. It paddles well and is very stable when sitting down. The dry storage compartment is great and works. The high nose is great for standing waves in rapids, but does catch wind on big water, this is a CREEK fishing boat. I draft in not much more than an inch of water and it handles scrapes well, I get through riffles commonly when others have to get out and pull.


Bought two Coosas for my wife…

Submitted by: paddler881186 on 9/29/2020
Bought two Coosas for my wife and I - great stability for a couple of geezers not ready to give up outdoor activities. Biggest selling points to me are the access to hull storage fore and aft, plus the durability needed for rock-bumping down some West Texas rivers. Been out on 5- and 6-day trips in these and have the room for what you need to head downstream. Can be a little sluggish to respond in some rapids but we're not taking any first descents in these. It's an SUV, not a sports car.

I bought this as an entry to…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 10/10/2018

I bought this as an entry to kayak fishing. I fish 80% on fast moving river for trout and smallmouth. I am 6ft 230lbs and this is NOT a stand up and fish kayak for moving water at my size. If the wind is blowing upstream and the yak turns sideways the current will throw me off balance in the high seat position. I think I will keep for fishing ponds but moving up to a tri hull yak for stability.


The Coosa is a fantastic…

Submitted by: paddler445474 on 6/25/2018

The Coosa is a fantastic introductory fishing kayak with the right features to get you out on the water, started, and hooked. If you look at the newer models, like the HD or FD, you can see some minor improvements made to the Coosa, but there is nothing glaring our left out of the original Coosa that should stop you from buying it as your first fishing yak. Relative to its peers, the slightly narrower width (32'') means that this is a great yak to stand on if you're of small-to-medium build. Ample storage room for rods, paddles, life jackets, tackleboxes, and all the other gear you'd need. These kayaks are very and simply customizable, too, so you can accessorize it to meet your needs as you get deeper into the sport. I can highly recommend it as a great first step into kayak fishing.


I had a 2011 or 2012 model…

Submitted by: elsouthers on 2/22/2018

I had a 2011 or 2012 model for about 5 years. Great fishing kayak... except when the wind blew. Nothing wrong with the yak, I just bought the wrong model for the open water I usually fish. On creeks and small, sheltered water it was great! Lots of innovations for its time, newer models I've seen are even better.


This has been only my second…

Submitted by: paddler236816 on 5/31/2016
This has been only my second Kayak, but so far it has been my favorite. I am a large man (300#), and this Yak manages to stay afloat with me and my gear.

It offers quite a few customization options. And it really has about all the storage You'll ever need.

Only complaint I have is that it is difficult to get on my cart with one person. Very bulky.


I recently purchased a used…

Submitted by: jc931r on 4/29/2016
I recently purchased a used Jackson Coosa. This is a great Kayak! Lots of storage in the bow and stern of the boat, Dry storage and built in paddle holders on both sides of the boat. The Coosa also has to built in rod holders behind the seat. Speaking of the seat, it is very comfortable. The seat is adjustable high and low and can be removed and used as a beach chair.

The only downside is that the kayak isnt as stable standing as I had hoped. The WS Ride 115 seems to be much more stable while standing. I also would prefer more storage closer to the seat for easier access.

Overall I really enjoy fishing out of this boat in my lake and I am looking forward to getting it out in the gulf this summer!


I am a raw beginner to…

Submitted by: Rlevin on 4/27/2016
I am a raw beginner to kayaks. I was a bit apprehensive to put into the water but after my knees quit knocking I realized this kayak was perfect for a newbee. I had to laugh because I found it was soo stable and easy to paddle. I managed to keep up with a bunch of folks and since I am 75 years old that was a good feeling. If you are just getting into buying a kayak but are worried about being safe and don't know where to start consider the sit on top Jackson Coosa. It made me a convert to the sport of kayaking.

This is a great boat for flat…

Submitted by: Rlevin on 9/21/2015
This is a great boat for flat water fishing. It is stable and easy to paddle. It is not a sports car on turning and running a course required back paddle and sweep strokes to get it to turn. It is comfortable and would rate it higher if it were more maneuverable.

The Jackson Coosa does…

Submitted by: JeffStone on 8/23/2015
The Jackson Coosa does exactly what it is designed for...very, very well. Simply put, if you fish rivers from a kayak, this one should be on your list if it isn't in your quiver already. There are very few watercraft out there that can go from comfortable as a lawn chair on flat easy flows to quick enough to eddy turn in class III and ferry back upstream to help another paddler get "unstuck", while having a clean enough deck to strip fly line onto. If I every sell it, it will be to replace it with a newer one. The one thing I would change is the hatch covers. With drier storage, it would be a 10.

I recently purchased the…

Submitted by: paddler236438 on 8/18/2015
I recently purchased the Jackson Coosa sit on top kayak. I am very impressed with the kayak when fishing in moving water. When fishing in steal water the kayak seems to require more energy to move the boat that I thought it would. In fairness to the dealer, they did tell me that the boat was primarily designed to float in moving water. However, standing up in the boat to fish seems to be more difficult then what they advertise. Also, I like the option of using the bungee straps on the side of the kayak for the rod holder. However, I like to hook my bait on the hook eyelet of my St. Croix fishing rod so that I don't hook the crank bait on a bush or tree limb.Twice the hook became hooked to the fabric that is raped around the side handles on the boat. Therefore I have give the kayak an overall 8.

I love my new Coosa Yak…

Submitted by: paddlinpawpaw on 8/6/2015
I love my new Coosa Yak Attack Special Edition. With all the accessories that come with the kayak it is ready to slay the fish. The seating system is the ultimate in comfort with the adjustable ride height. It allows you to transition from a low to high position above the water while fishing to spot the catch although it is not as stable in the standing position as I thought it would be. That's is the only reason it gets 8 out of 10. Everything else about the kayak is a kayak fishermans dream.

Let me start by saying this…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 9/21/2014
Let me start by saying this is my first kayak and I am a beginner. With that said, I think that overall the Coosa is a great kayak for it's intended purpose. It is a very stable and very open platform from which to fish. It is not particularly fast or graceful, but it is not supposed to be. In contrast, my wife has a Jackson Ibis that is much faster, much more effortless and much more graceful, however it would be a pain to try to fish out of the Ibis. So again, for it's intended purpose, the Coosa is about as perfect as you can get.

One other thing to say: Almost everyone has asked me if I have tried standing up in it, and I have. At 6'-0, 265lbs, it is stable to stand on, but I could not imagine trying to land a fish while standing. Basically, it was all I could do to maintain my balance just standing there. Hopefully I will get better at standing with practice as I really hoped to be able to stand while fishing.


As a big guy (275lbs) I was…

Submitted by: BigGrover1 on 8/8/2014
As a big guy (275lbs) I was looking for something stable for floating rivers. Couldn't have found anything better. Seat is comfortable, just right for me in the low position. Can sit in it all day and not have numb feet or legs. The only improvement would be an additional skeg. The one on it is replaceable and if they could provide a larger one to swap out for flat water it would improve the paddling. This is a highly maneuverable boat designed for moving water and therefore tends to require a lot of correction strokes for flat water.

Love it with Coosa, good…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 7/2/2014
Love it with Coosa, good stablity, easy paddling, open concept, easy for setup for fishing equipment. I used my Coosa for fishing, and like I can standing when casting the lures. Or for fly fishing. the best kayak in the market for standing fishing platform.

I rented the Coosa for a…

Submitted by: paddler235632 on 7/1/2014
I rented the Coosa for a river trip, and it performed excellently. The tracking is good, and the speed was also quite sufficient. While not the fastest yak out there, the stability (I could stand and fish) and ease of maneuvering made for a very pleasant float. The seat is super comfortable and really is a game changer when compared to conventional seating. It's basically like a lawn chair on a kayak, and it's awesome. I would highly recommend this kayak as an all around great river boat.

My 2011 Coosa is great. I am…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 9/11/2013
My 2011 Coosa is great. I am in the river most of the time. Standing, paddling, sitting, or even swimming from the Coosa. I get back into my Coosa in deep water very easy. I take lots of gear with me all the time. I did install a trolling motor on it for going up river. Did I mention the storage. I bought it used, She will never be for sale again.
fish jumped, gotta go.

I have a 2012 Coosa and it…

Submitted by: 4X4CDG on 8/8/2013
I have a 2012 Coosa and it has served me well. Great for smaller bodies of water and really great at moving water. One thing is that the stability is very good from a primary stand point, that said the secondary is minimal. You will be wet and you need to have a leash on everything that does not float. I run my adjustable seat in the low position to help as it lowers my center of gravity. The high seat position is nice for standing and sight. Beware lean with the seat in the high position and wet will be the word of the day. I live in Middle Georgia so wet is refreshing most of the year so it is all good.

I am very happy with the Coosa and highly recommend it, just understand it's design and stability and your good to go. I also have 2 other kayaks that I use on other types of water and those are better suited to those bodies of water. I am a fan of multiple tools designed for the application of intended use. Multiple kayaks are still cheaper that a "real" boat so just tell your significant other that I said it's OK and mandatory for a quiver of kayaks. Plus she'll have one to go with you and or when friends want to go you can choose the one best suited for you and you'll all still have a great day. All the best!!


Well, I broke down and bought…

Submitted by: paddler235259 on 8/6/2013
Well, I broke down and bought brand new Coosa. It is a very awesome looking boat. I stood up fishing in river all day, but every rapid I went down I tried to wheel around and fish eddy I flipped. Lost lots of gear. Boat flips way to easy in river. I'm use to a sit-in 11ft Old Town that never flipped. I weigh about 210 and been fishing in canoes all my life. This kayak tips easy.

This is my second review…

Submitted by: paddler234883 on 1/26/2013
This is my second review after a long winter road trip to several rivers and lakes. I have owned the boat for about a year now. I will probably trade this boat in. I discovered several issues that relate to my size 6' 240 lbs. This boat acts top heavy in difficult moving waters. A person can go from fishing to nervous or from negotiating the river to bracing like mad to avoid swimming. I think a paddler closer to the designer's weight of about 160 pounds and 5'8" would be happier in this craft. I no longer trust this boat, so it will be replaced. A lighter paddler or a shorter paddler can buy it used.

I bought my boat spring of…

Submitted by: paddler234752 on 9/6/2012
I bought my boat spring of 2012. I was looking for a fishing/white water boat that I could paddle upstream through a chute to fish the next pool, then paddle back down to my vehicle. I am 6 feet tall and 240 pounds.

This boat works for what I bought it for. It can ferry and can eddy turn. I can fish from it. I cannot stand up in it. I cannot use the high seat position, only the low seat position. The boat is heavy for it's length, and is awkward to load and unload from a vehicle rack. The carry handles are where the rod tie-downs should be and vice-versa. The compartment lids have bungees run though them so they are not water tight. But if you use small water tight bags, you can camp out of it. I use a long kayak paddle, but on small lakes or slow rivers, I prefer a bent shaft paddle. I added carabineers to guide anchor/mooring lines, and I added anchor cleats by the carry handle. I added a Scotty rod holder mid-ships. Many of the features for fishing are weak or need modification. Plan on getting hung up on vertical stumps. I have better boats for birding, hunting, or photography. The seat is very comfortable. I like the camo choices. I like the relatively easy in and out.

I would rate this boat as above average, not outstanding. It does fill a unique niche in my boat fleet. Happy paddling!


I purchased my Coosa in Feb.…

Submitted by: coosadude on 2/17/2012
I purchased my Coosa in Feb. 2011 and I must say they did their homework on this design, It was my first Kayak ever and I did allot of research looking for the right one. Some of the features that really sold me on the Coosa were its stableness in the water setting and standing. I don’t do allot of standing needless to say, but my plans in this purchase was to be able to. The only thing that I didn’t like about the Coosa was the Thickness of the plastic body. I noticed in the hotter months it takes on the shape of what it’s setting on. So you have to be very careful of your storing of the craft. Other than that a great fishing vessel!

Changes needed - Sturdiness of the under body, Plastic to thin.


We just picked up our Coosa's…

Submitted by: paddler234145 on 7/18/2011
We just picked up our Coosa's today (Pink & Camo) and took them out for a test paddle on the pond. We haven't fished yet but let me say I am already impressed with the maneuverability and stability of this yak! After a couple times of standing and sitting I was very comfortable with it! I gave it a 9 because I have only had it a day but I will update you down the road!