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The Eagle Has Landed: Eagle Whitewater Park Nearing Completion

Next spring, Colorado kayakers, rafters and suppers will have a great new playpark to surf when the town of Eagle completes the second phase...

Where Do All the Raft Guides Go in the Winter?

Our advice to all the raft guides and other boating bums left in limbo during the winter months? Hit the slopes, of course. Colorado...

Kayaker’s Cove: Alaska’s Best-Kept Sea Kayaking Secret

Want the convenience, amenities and paddler-friendly price of a 10th Mountain Division ski hut in the Rockies, but for sea kayaking? Stroke no further...

What’s up at Zoar Outdoor? Iconic Outdoor Center Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Special Fall Trips

As a former U.S. Whitewater Team member, Bruce Lessels knows a thing or two about how to have fun on the river. With a...

Yampa River Placed On Call for First Time Ever

Drought conditions in Colorado have resulted in the Yampa River being placed on call for the first time ever. According to a story by Eleanor Hasenbeck...

Dousing and Makin’ Deals: Paddlesports Retailer Demo Day at Oklahoma’s Whitewater Center Goes Off Largetime

Holy Demo-day of all-time, Batman. When Paddlesports Retailer moved its annual tradeshow to Oklahoma City this year, it did so primarily for access to the...

Fish on! Packrafting for the Black Canyon’s Salmonfly Hatch

“Last time I did this hike, I couldn't walk for days.” The words wouldn’t be so disheartening if they didn't come from Thor Tingey, the...

NOC Stories: New Book on Antics at Nantahala Outdoor Center

From shooting Deliverance to shooting the chutes at Nantahala Falls, a new book out compiled by former Nantahala Outdoor Center president and board chairman Payson Kennedy...

The Longest Staff Meeting: Big Agnes and Honey Stinger Hike the CDT

Brands Aim to Raise Awareness of National Scenic Trails and Continental Divide Trail Coalition

Rebirth of Calgary’s Harvie Passage Whitewater Park

Whitewater park design firm Recreation Engineering & Planning has big news: Five years after being destroyed by a devastating flood, Calgary's Harvie Passage river...

Don’t Miss Slalom Week at Madawaska Kanu Centre

Face it. Slalom paddlers make perhaps the best all around paddlers, negotiating a complex course while dealing with the pace and navigation of rapids. The...

International Rafting Teams Head to China for the Ziyuan Rafting Festival

Rafters are heading to the Orient. With China's Guilin area host to some of the most beautiful waterways in the world, paired with the country's...

Coal River Group is Paving the Way for Paddlesports in West Virginia

Termed 'Flatwater Heaven', the Coal River water system in West Virginia is quickly becoming the state's best and most accessible flatwater paddling venue, all...

Yak Fest River Celebration set for June 15-16, 2018

For one weekend out of the year the small town of Tornado, West Virginia, doesn't seem so small when over 1,000 kayakers  participate in...

Idaho’s Whitewater Outfitters Thrilled With Snowmelt Levels

Idaho's whitewater season is bound to deliver high flows all thanks to the abundant snowpack from the 2017-18 winter, and whitewater outfitters couldn't be...

16th Annual Ohio River Paddlefest Set for August 3-4

Get ready for one of the country's biggest paddlesports celebrations. The 16th annual Ohio River Paddlefest is set commence this year August 3-4, in...

Madawaska Kanu Centre’s Week of Rivers

Want to paddle Canada’s rivers without the hassle of arranging the shuttles, meals, and accommodation? Join the Madawaska Kanu Centre’s Week of Rivers Program,...

Colorado’s Lower Dolores Wins Instream Flows

This week, a Colorado water court approved instream flow water rights for the lower Dolores River, protecting up to 900cfs during spring peak flows...

Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Second Oldest Organized River Race in the Country

We knew that paddlers love only one thing more than boating, and that's their moms. And to celebrate, we recently learned that the second oldest,...

The 20 Trends Driving Adventure Travel this Year

The Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) has released a new report outlining 20 Adventure Trends to Watch in 2018, a comprehensive look at the issues...

Old Town Canoe Hits the Summer 2018 Festival Tour with Elevation Outdoors

Expect to see some Old Town boats coming to a festival near you this summer. The company, which also owns Ocean Kayak, announced that...

Boundary Waters, Oregon Scenic Waterways, Others See Preservation Through Conservation Alliance Grants

The Conservation Alliance Contributes $800,000 in Grants to 21 Organizations; $20 Million in grants awarded since 1989.

Patagonia’s Blue Heart Campaign Aims to Protect the Last Wild Rivers of Europe

Patagonia launched the Blue Heart website and petition urging international banks to stop investing in the destruction of Europe’s last wild rivers, and released a preview...

Kokopelli Packraft Launches Kickstarter Campaign for New Rogue-Lite

Kokopelli now has a Kickstarter campaign going for its new Rogue-Lite packraft, which collapses down to the size of a paper towel roll. Don't believe us?

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Inside the Pyranha “Thigh Hooker” (Plus Vid from 16-year-old sensation Judah Harms)

With shorter to medium sized paddlers wanting a more aggressive thigh hook in many Pyranha boats, the company has...
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Plastic Tides: Using Sea Kayaks to Help Rid the Ocean of Waste

(By Ken Campbell) My name is Ken Campbell and in addition to being a long-time kayak guide and instructor, I...

Tristan Bussell and NRS Launch “Before I Die”

Learning he had the gene for Early Onset Alzheimer’s motivated Tristan Bussell to turn his dream of kayaking off a waterfall into reality.

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From Coal to Surfing: Craig, CO, Gets $3.3 Million EDA Grant for River Park Project

With the Yampa River running through town, Craig, Colo.,...

Dam Modification Spawns New Whitewater Park on S.C.’s Catawba River

In Chester County, S.C., near the North and South...
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