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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....

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...

AIRE Announces Video Contest for 2011.

Right now there is an AIRE kayak stored in a garage or a canoe waiting in a barn that come August will be featured in the winning entry for the AIRE Video Contest for 2011...

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…

Klickitat Rafters Remembered (story by Sue Hansen)

For Gale and Eileen Marshall of Pendleton, Oregon, the date of May 20, 2006 will forever be etched into their minds and hearts. A date marked with tragedy when one of their close friends, plus the owner and head guide of the rafting company, died on the Klickitat River. Now almost five years later, the Marshalls continue to grieve, though Gale feels it’s time to talk about what happened.

New River Dries Goes Off

It doesn’t run often, but when it does it goes big. This time, in early March, it careened in at more than 70,000 cfs, drawing hairboaters like Trent Thibodeaux, Sam Fulbright, Chris Wing, Pablo McCandless and Chris Gragtmans out of the watery woodwork to ply its epic waves. And its name, the New River Dries, is about as much of an oxymoron as you’ll find in the paddling world...

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....

Silverback Swallowed

Sniff, sniff...Kayakers in Uganda's White Nile region joined in an Irish Wake hosted by outfitter Nile River Explorers as an era came to an end on perhaps the best play run in the world: on March 1, the Day 1 Section (Silverback) of the Nile was closed to river traffic through the main rapid of Silverback for an upcoming hydro project...

Solo Catting Cotahuasi

For some people, paddling solo enhances everything about the sport, from its dangers to its rewards. Perhaps no one knows this better than British Columbia rafting guide Bruce Low, who recently returned from a solo cataraft mission down Peru’s Rio Cotahuasi, billed by many as the deepest canyon in the world. Read on for a PL Exclusive first-hand report (yes, he lived to tell the tale…)

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...

Pack-rafting Tasmania’s Franklin River

Think diminutive, 4-lb. pack-rafts aren’t suitable for multi-day wilderness Class V? Bill Hatcher, and Roman and Rome Dial beg to differ, recently returning from a five-day Class V self-support pack-raft trip down Tasmania’s Franklin River ( a trip us here at PL once bagged in our kayaks)...

It’s Permit Time

It's permit season. So get your act together and send in your applications for your favorite river trip. Remember: if you don’t play the game--or aren't a cook or good looking--you won’t get invited along. Here's all the info you need...

Confluence Buys Bomber Gear

Kayak surfers in Steamboat Springs, Colo., might have a little more time on their downtown play waves now. Bomber Gear founder Rick Franken and his 8-year-old son, Kai, won’t be surfing them at all hours anymore, as the paddlesports apparel company was recently sold to Confluence Watersports...

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.

Seeking Nominations for Swiftwater Rescue Award

The Higgins & Langley Award for Swiftwater Rescue is seeking nominations for 2011 rescues. If you were involved in, witnessed, or even heard tell of a great save on the rivers this past season, consider nominating the rescuers for the premier award in swiftwater rescue.

Chaco Debuts ToeCoop, PedShed; Awards Kayak Instructor Accolades

Want stylish slip-on sandal comfort off the water as well as on? Slide into a pair of Chaco ToeCoops or PedSheds, slip-ons that will see you to your post-paddle PBR and nacho plate in style. Plus, the company honors a kayak instructor from Bainbridge Island, Wash...

A Song from the Grand

So PL just got off the Grand Canyon, whose experimental September flows of 8,000 cfs made it ideal for everything from surfing and sucking suds to gobbling gourmet cuisine from PL partner Ceiba Adventures. To shine some light on the re-entry-to-civilization problems those emerging from the Big Ditch deal with, following are a couple of musical ditties thrown together by participant Dana Birke from Boulder -- just in time for an abrupt return to an early Colorado winter...

Cali Burn Fest

A mass start Class V downriver race followed by a beer slalom past the finish line...it can only mean one thing: the sixth annual BurnFest on the Trinity River’s Burnt Ranch Gorge in California...

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...

Rivers Orgs Clean-up with Conservation Alliance Grants

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. That's how a few river conservation organizations are feeling after the Conservation Alliance awarded grants totaling $500,000 to 17 conservation throughout North America, many of whom are working to protect our waterways. PL checks in...

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Middle Fork Salmon Blocked by Debris Flow

Planning a late-season run down the Middle Fork of the Salmon? You might want to change your launch site...
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Holy Surging Glaciers, Batman: Alsek’s Lowell Glacier Surges, Clogging Lake for Paddlers

Lucky enough to be heading to Alaska’s Alsek (only one of the greatest and most dynamic rivers on the...

Pyranha Ripper 2 Review Time (with Uber Sweet Vids!)

Want an inside peak at Pyranha’s Ripper 2 kayak? For that, we went straight to the source: North American...

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Making Waves: First Waves SUP Program Benefits Pittsburgh Youth  

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

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At this year’s ACA Downriver Nationals in Old Town, Maine, the old school (old’s cool) pairing of Rob Center and Kay Henry -- Center, the co-founder of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, and Henry of Mad River Canoe (now owned by Confluence) -- still proved formidable, coming out of retirement after 15 years and fresh back from a 21-day hiking trip in Scotland, to not only show up but win the Mixed 55+ Class. We caught up with Center for his take on the win…

World Freestyle Kayak Champs Gearing up in Thun, Switzerland

Who’s it going to be this go around? Will EJ retain his coveted crown? Or will he be usurped by eager-to-prove-himself son-in-law Nick Troutman, high-flying Bryan Kirk, airwheel master Stephen Wright, or some other freestyle aficionado from elsewhere on the globe? Find out Aug 29 – Sept. 6, when 400 of the world's best freestyle kayakers gather in Thun, Switzerland, to compete in the Freestyle World Championships 2009. PL checks in (plus a rundown of who to watch for)...