Whitewater Kayaking

New Book Addresses Public Rights on Colorado Rivers

Thanks to historic log drives and fur-trading, there just might be hope for floating Colorado's questionably navigable rivers after all. A new book published by non-profit National Organization for Rivers maintains that there is a public easement under federal law to raft, kayak, canoe, fish, and walk along the banks of the state's rivers that were physically navigable during the 1800s for fur trade canoes and log drives...

Arkansas Boaters Get New Play Park on Illinois River

Boaters in Glenwood Springs, Colo., and the North Fork Payette in Cascade Idaho, aren’t the only ones surfing up a storm on manmade waves. Arkansas paddlers are now also getting in on the action thanks to the new Siloam Springs Whitewater Recreation Park on the Illinois River just downstream from the Fisher Ford Bridge.

River Wisdom: A Western Rafting Retreat for Women Navigating Change

Mother Earth, Mother Nature, and now Mother River. Using rivers as a metaphor for life, a river outfit in Vail, Colo., called River Wisdom is now offering river retreats as Women’s Empowerment Workshops and True Life Coaching sessions, with its inaugural weeklong July 2-7 along the Green River in Utah and Colorado.

A Tribute: RIP Jamie McEwan (1952-2014)

When Jamie McEwan won the bronze medal in C-1 slalom at the 1972 Munich Olympics, it spurred a U.S. slalom craze the likes of which has never been repeated. McEwan passed away from cancer on June 14 at age 61, leaving a hole in the hearts of all who knew him. PL checks in past racers for their take on his contributions to the sport…

Germans Dominate Sprint World Cup

Germany’s Max Hoff and Sebastian Brendel each completed the 2014 ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup with a 100 percent record in their respective events as the action concluded in Szeged, Hungary on May 25, marking the end of series.

Confluence Watersports sold, plans to expand outdoor business

Same great products, different owner. Confluence Watersports, parent company to eight well-known paddlesports brands, including Dagger, Wave Sport, Perception, Mad River Canoe, Bomber Gear and AT Paddles, was recently sold to J.H. Whitney Capital Partners, a private equity firm based out of New Canaan, Conn. A purchase price was not disclosed (just assume it was a bit more than your typical used kayak)...

Management Plan Issued for Cali’s Merced, Tuolumne

While California’s Merced has long been a hotbed of paddling outside the boundaries of Yosemite National Park, boaters liking to float beneath the park's massive, granite monoliths have now gotten the green light. Yosemite National Park recently released its new Wild and Scenic Final Comprehensive Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for the Merced, as well as the park section of the Tuolumne, putting paddling on the same footing as climbing and hiking within the park’s boundaries...

Reel Paddling Film Festival Announces 2014 Winners

Toronto retailer The Complete Paddler sponsored the largest premiere audience in festival history, raising $1,500 for the charity Project Canoe.

The Red Deer Expedition: Paddling for Dinosaur Bones

It’s not quite the Land of the Lost, but this July 18 members of New York’s Explorers Club will put their canoes into the Red Deer River just downstream of Bleriot Ferry, Alberta, to continue a journey first started in 2012 looking for…dinosaur bones.

US Garners Gold at the 2014 Oceania Championships

Eichfeld and McEwan win C-2 in Australia at the 2014 Oceania Championships

The Outdoor Foundation Releases 2013 Paddlesports Report 


The Outdoor Foundation and The Coleman Company released its Special Report on Paddlesports, lending a detailed look at participation in kayaking, canoeing, rafting – and for the first time – stand up paddle boarding.

One Stroke Forward, Two Strokes Back: Yellowstone Paddling Bill Passes House, But AW Withdraws Support

The tumultuous political waters of trying to open Yellowstone National Park to paddling is akin to nailing a line in whitewater, only to later get stuck in a hole -- while the bill recently passed a House vote, AW has withdrawn its support...

New ED for NFCT

While that's a lot of acronyms, the future is all spelled out for the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, which recently announced the appointment of Karrie Thomas is its new executive director...

National Parks Traveler Releases Guide to Paddling

Talk about timing. While paddling in Yellowstone National Park is getting all the attention these days with House Bill 3492 recently passing by unanimous vote in the House, National Parks Traveler has introduced the first comprehensive guide dedicated to paddling in our nation's national parks....

Wenonah Strokes Into SUP Market By Acquring C4 Waterman Brand

Don’t worry…it’s not about to lead to the Stand-up Canoe acronym “SUC.” But a leading canoe and SUP manufacturer are joining distribution forces...

Team USA Reflects on 2013 and Prepares for the Future of Paralympics

Athletes have medals in mind for the debut of ParaCanoe at the 2016 games.

NRS Now Fully Employee Owned

When you mess up a line in a rapid, you have to own up to it. Employees at Moscow, Idaho's NRS are now doing the same for their products. What started in Bill Parks garage 42 years ago is now fully employee owned as NRS has made the move to being entirely employee owned as of 2014...

New Prowler Big Game II Fishing Kayak from Ocean Kayak

Latest fishing kayak from Ocean Kayak boasts a host of advancements.

Northern Forest Canoe Trail bids farewell To Kate Williams

Executive Director, Kate Williams, steps down after 10 years of leadership with the Northern Forest Canoe Trail.

20th Annual New Year’s Float Canceled in Chicago

One of the nation’s most ardent group of New Years Day paddlers, who regularly turn off the simmering black-eyed peas to ring in the new year by paddling the Windy City’s North Branch of the Chicago River, had to break with tradition this year due to the recent cold snap sweeping the nation…

Bill Introduced to Allow Boating in Yellowstone

There’s a chance kayakers might finally be able to paddle in Yogi country. Wyoming Rep. Cynthia Lummis recently introduced HR 3492 which would eliminate longstanding federal regulations that prohibit paddling on rivers in Yellowstone National Park and on some waters not currently open in Grand Teton National Park. The final say over which rivers would be opened to paddling would rest with park managers...

2015 ICF Wildwater Canoeing Junior World Championships Will Return to Western North Carolina

Nantahala Outdoor Center wins bid to host the International Paddling Competition.

KEEN Launches KEEN Effect Grant

Keen to get outdoors and help the environment? KEEN Footwear makes it easier by unveiling The KEEN Effect a, fan-activated grants program designed to support non-profits fueling people’s passion for protecting the environment and promoting responsible outdoor participation...

Protect the Flows Hosts Water Conference to Protect Colorado

What was OARS founder and president George Wendt doing on the 38th floor of Denver’s Grand Hyatt the day after the government shutdown ended, and his company was scrambling to resume raft trips on the Grand Canyon and other closed waterways? He was doing his part to ensure something even more important than river access … water.

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Row, Row, Row Your Boat, Mom: Mother Solo Rows 3,000 Miles Across Atlantic

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