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Open Sesame! WRC Secures Acess to Wallowa and Grande Ronde Rivers.

Last month prized access to one of the most beautiful river floats in Oregon was secured by Western Rivers Conservancy with the purchase of the famed Minam Store property...

Hitchcock Creek: Birth of a Blue Trail by Jeffrey Cheatham

Recently we've gone a little heavy on the West Coast articles here at PL. We thought it was time to check in with East Coast correspondent Jeffrey Cheatham, who filed this report from Rockingham, N.C....

Paddling in London: Sprint National Team Trials Help USACK Team Take Shape for 2012 Games.

This past weekend marked a major milestone for Olympic hopefuls on the USA Canoe/Kayak teams. Over one hundred of the best U.S. sprint athletes took to the water on Friday and Saturday for the USA 2011 Sprint National Team Trials at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif...

1st Annual Northwest Paddling Festival- June 25&26 Jack Block Park, West Seattle

There are few places more ideal than the Pacific Northwest in Summertime. The parkas are put away in favor of wet suits. The natives stop avoiding the water and start attacking it. Now, thanks to some of the guys at Mountain to Sound Outfitters and Sea Kayaker magazine (among others), there is a place to purge all that cold weather angst...

Announcing the Inaugural Great Russian River Race, May 7 2011

Northern California, specifically Sonoma and Mendocino counties, have been known in the last 50 years primarily as a solid wine making region. What you may not know is that on the weekends many of those wine makers put down the wine glass and pick up a paddle. And they all head to the waterway that gives life to their valley: The (Great) Russian River...

Two Women About to Make Paddling History

Traveling by canoe from Minneapolis, Minnesota to Canada’s Hudson bay is a more than 2,000 mile journey. In 1930 Eric Sevareid and Walter Port made such a trip; later Sevareid would write a book Canoeing with the Cree (1935) chronicling the adventure. In 2005 two young men from St. Cloud followed in Sevareids’ wake to mark the 75th anniversary of the original. Now, two young women plan to leave their own mark on this historic route...

Putting Its Money Where Our River Mouths Are

Buy shoes, save rivers. That’s the message from Teva, which is putting its money where our rivers’ mouths are with the launch of its "Pair for a Foot" campaign on World Water Day (March 22), an initiative estimated to help protect over four million linear feet of global waterways this year alone...

Damming More Than a River, A Lifestyle

As the Ugandan government dams sections of the White Nile River, the villages that depend on the river seem destined to suffer a similar fate. PL guest correspondent Errik Hill was there to run the Silverback section of the river on it's final day. This is his report...

Rally HO!: The National River Rally set for Charleston SC June 3-6

For more than a decade The River Network has been holding the National River Rally to bring together activist from across the country (and planet). This year the rally is being held June 3-6 in Charleston South Carolina. Read on to learn about the weekend, the speakers, and of course– preserving our rivers…

AW Conducts Flow Survey for Yampa Basin

Okay, all you Colorado boaters. Since this one’s in Paddling Life’s own backyard, we’re asking any and everyone who’s ever paddled in our neck of the woods to help us out with American Whitewater’s flow study for the Yampa Basin. And, yes, it includes such local faves as Cross Mountain and Fish and Willow creeks....

Zimmerman Leaves Legacy

Legacy Paddlesports LLC announced today that Andy Zimmerman has decided to leave the company to pursue other interests....

Looking Back Upstream: Eight Clean Water Success Stories from 2010

With record snowfalls in the books already the river rats here at PL become feverish when thinking about the inevitable melts that come with the onset of spring. A few sunny days at the end of February only add to the anxiety. With that in mind, we’ve decided to take a look back and highlight the River Network’s Clean Water success stories from 2010…

28th National Paddling Film Festival Wraps Up Feb. 25-26

Oscars, Schmoscars. This year marked the 28th birthday for the National Paddling Film Festival, which this go-around took over the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort Kentucky February 25-26. The festival is a showcase and competition for the best in paddlesports videos and images, with 25 clams getting show-goers in the door and a beer...

Obama Backs Rivers

It looks like we're not finished with Whitewater in the White House. Only this time around, instead of a scandal plaguing the Clinton administration, president Obama is putting it at the forefront of his concerns, listing river recreation as among the top ten priorities of a new federal action plan for reconnecting people with nature...

200 Year Old Canoe Found In Trash Now On Display

One man's trash is another man's treasure. Especially when it comes to canoes. You can see that for yourself in rural Jackson County, Missouri, at the Fort Osage Education Center, where a 200-year-old dugout canoe found by a truck driver working on a flood control project is now on display year round...

Paddler Replaced by Rapid

No, that's not a typo. You can finally play Taps for Paddler, the long-standing member benefit magazine for the American Canoe Association. At it November board meeting, the ACA announced that it will “officially” suspend publishing Paddler and will have Canada’s Rapid Media, spearheaded by Scott MacGregor, satisfy its member magazine benefits...

Metro-Vac Debuts New Rapid-Deployment Pumps

Perfect for Inflatable Kayaks and Stand-Up Paddleboards, Metropolitan Vacuum Cleaner Company of Suffern, New York, has introduced a new generation of rapid-deployment Magic-Air Electric Inflator/Deflators.

$10 Million Devon Boathouse opens in Oklahoma City

It may sound strange, but Oklahoma City is fast becoming the epicenter for collegiate and Olympic training for rowers in the United States. The Oklahoma Regatta Festival just wrapped over the weekend and PL checks in to see just what makes this a go-to destination for aspiring paddle-sports athletes...

Czechs, Brazilians dominate Pre-Worlds in Costa Rica

Four days in October with global implications. No, it's not a political crisis, just the International Rafting Federation Pre-World competition in Costa Rica. Keep reading for the PL lowdown...

Ka-CHING Redux: Danny Ching Makes it a Clean Sweep in California

It seems that wherever there is a Battle for the Paddle, Danny Ching emerges victorious. In June Ching won both the SUP 10-mile distance race and 5-mile elite race in Waikiki, HI. Now back in his home state of California Ching made it a clean sweep. This past Sunday Ching once again won both the SUP10 mile and 5 mile contests…

A Couple of Beers Can Go A Long Way to Save the Colorado River

Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t make a difference drinking a couple of beers. Earlier this summer PL reported that the New Belgium Brewing Company in Ft. Collins was spearheading an effort to restore the Colorado River after being named one of the “Most Endangered Rivers in America”. Now all those brewskies enjoyed after a full day of paddling have come to fruition...

Laird Hamilton Puts On A Clinic at Outdoor Retailer Tradeshow

The Outdoor Summer Market Retailer Tradeshow is in full swing this week in Salt Lake City, Utah. PL is on the scene, and yesterday witnessed the open-air demo from Jordanelle Sate Park. Stand-up paddleboards were all the rate at the on-water demo, with appearances by gurus Laird Hamilton, Chuck Patterson and Slater Trout among others.

Super-size Me

Paddling Life is on hand at this year’s Outdoor Retailer Summer Market tradeshow, to bring you not-in-the-industry folk up to speed on what’s going down. First installment: a look at products for the stockier set. Turns out that Morgan Spurlock, whose 30-day McDonald's diet documented the fast-food industry, isn’t the only one going super size. Paddlesport exhibitors are also banking on beefier consumers by churning out products that excel for XLs. Following are a few tipping the scales.

4th Annual Chicago Shoreline Marathon

Chicago is known for its storied sports franchises, deep-dish pizza pies, and bone chilling wind. This August, however, the city and Lake Michigan play host to the fourth annual Chicago Shoreline Marathon. The event proudly claims to be “The only world-class race to paddle Lake Michigan and the shores of Chicago”.

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