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Grand Canyon, Canyonlands, Dinosaur Closed to River Running

As the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread around the southwestern United States, the following is an update on closures and restrictions throughout the...

Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation Announces New Name: Riversport Foundation

The Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation has announced a name change and new logo for the nonprofit organization. Effective earlier this month, the Foundation will...

Hyside Sells, Headquarters Moves to Utah

Hyside, a longtime maker of inflatable rafts and IKs, has sold after 38 years The new owner, John Seiner, moving the operation to Layton, Utah. “It’s...

Coronavirus Cancels Canoecopia

Canoecopia has become the first major paddlesports gathering to be affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Organizers announced the cancellation of the long-running consumer tradeshow...

PL Special Book Excerpt: Amazon Woman

Facing Fears, Chasing Dreams, and a Quest to Kayak the World's Largest River from Source to Sea By Darcy Gaechter An extraordinary and inspiring chronicle of...

Kokatat Expands Cali Operations

Kokatat, a manufacturer of high-performance paddling gear and protective garments for government and military customers, is expanding its manufacturing and warehouse facilities at its...

Confluence By Zak Podmore

In river writer Zak Podmore’s new book “Confluence: Navigating the personal and political on rivers of the new West,” Edward Abbey meets John Muir...

ICF Mourns Passing of Otto Bonn, Tireless Servant of Canoeing

Otto Bonn, who devoted more than half his life to his beloved sport of canoeing, including almost 50 years working for the International Canoe...

Big Gear Show Announces Retailer Lodging Incentive 

If you're a retailer looking to attend this year's new Big Gear Show, your lodging options just got better. The show, the outdoor-industry’s new...

David Hadden Joins Esquif Canoes

Frampton, Quebec’s Esquif Canoes has announced that David Hadden will join the company in the newly-created role of Director of Business Development. “David has been...

EJ Launches New Kayak Co.

Less than two months after his retirement as president of Jackson Kayak, Eric “EJ” Jackson announced he is launching a new kayak company called...

Haw Sisters Throw Their Names into the Dusi Hat Canoe Marathon

Having raced onto the podium in a K2 in their U23 days, the Haw Sisters, Tamika and Bianca have decided to turn up for...

Best Tents for Paddlers: Testing the Nemo Chogori Tent

By Rob Lyon Heading sea kayaking, canoeing or rafting? The Chogori by Nemo tents is your answer to a good night’s slumber after a day...

Another One Bites the Dust: Longtime (and Beloved) Specialty Retailer Mountain Gear Plans to Shutter Doors

Cue up the Queen music: Another specialty shop has thrown in the towel on the tough outdoor (and paddlesports) market, with Spokane, Wash.’s Mountain...

American Whitewater Stewardship Highlights from 2019!

So the new year has come. What better time to look back and reel in the accomplishments of one of the country's top river...

Mike Horn’s Pole 2 Pole Crossing with Alpacka Packraft

In possibly one of the most ambitious and historical circumnavigations in our present time, Mike Horn transversed the entire globe on the Pole2Pole voyage; a...

Extra, Extra! Pelican International Acquires Confluence

Calling it “more strength, capabilities and opportunities for the world leader in paddlesports equipment,” Laval, Quebec’s Pelican International Inc. has acquired the assets of...

Tradeshow Wars Continue: Hasta Luego, Paddlesports Retailer, Hola Big Gear Show

Just when you were getting accustomed to traveling to Oklahoma City (and padding its whitewater park) at the end of every August for the...

Hemisphere Design Works Shuts Down Michigan Operations

One of the largest rec kayak makers in the country has reportedly shuttered its headquarters. As reported in Paddling magazine, on Oct. 30 local...

EJ Steps Down as Jackson Kayak Prez

Whether in a freestyle hole, on a wave, in a slalom course or kayaking Class V, Eric “EJ” Jackson is one of the sport’s...

New Reality Adventure Show: The Brigade! Bonus: Meet the Members!

Brace yourself: The newest reality adventure show “The Brigade: Race to the Hudson” has kicked off on the Outdoor Channel, which unites ten strangers...

Big Adventures, Bonafide Kayaks Merge

Give them big bonafides. Big Adventures, consisting of brands Native Watercraft, Liquidlogic Kayaks and Hurricane, recently announced a merger with Bonafide Kayaks, a leader...

Sierra Rescue International’s High Water Safety and Rescue Tips

Winter's on the way, which means runoff is soon to follow (and rain-swollen rivers elsewhere). To polish up and get ready, we went to...

“The Pacific Alone” Wins Outdoor Literature/Nat’l Outdoor Book Awards

The Pacific Alone: The Untold Story of Kayaking's Boldest Voyage, written by Dave Shively and published by Falcon Press, has won the Outdoor Literature...

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PL Q&A Exclusive: Filmmaker Scott Blankenfeld Releases New Vid of Cali’s South Silver First Descent

First run in the late ‘90s, California’s South Silver drains the Sierra Nevada in a torrent of cascades, creating...
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Smokeless Fire Made Possible with BioLite’s FirePit+

Ideal for cool quarantine nights, BioLite’s FirePit+ makes smokeless fire possible in any environment.  Review by Shae Laplace When I say...

Choo-choo Chew on This: Colorado’s Browns Canyon Threatened by Oil Trains

Paddlers taking to Colorado’s beloved Browns Canyon of the Arkansas could soon see the iconic wilderness whitewater run jeopardized...

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New River Gorge To Become National Park

Get ready to raft in a new national park. West...
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