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Flash Flood Kills Rafter in Grand Canyon

A 29-year-old woman was found dead and others were injured following a flash flood July 14 in Grand Canyon National Park, according to the National...

Rafting Season Strong Despite Low Snow, Pandemic 

While snowpack levels are below average across much of the western U.S., rafting outfitters are anticipating a solid season coming up as COVID-19 restrictions...

New A-DASH Program Helps Address Sexual Harassment, Discrimination in the River Community

Hot bodies and cold whitewater rapids have been the recipe for river romance for decades. But what happens when sexual advances are not welcome...

RMR Rafts Celebrates 10th Anniversary

While 10 years isn’t much in the lifespan of a river, it certainly is in the raft industry, with RMR popping the Champagne on...

Montgomery (ALA) Whitewater Park Breaks Ground

Make me an angel, that flies from Montgomery... Those words by John Prine come in the form of a new recirculating whitewater park coming to...

NRS Launches Leaders in Environment, Access and Diversity (LEAD) Ambassador Program

Northwest River Supplies (NRS) is disrupting influencer marketing in the outdoor industry with a new kind of athlete-ambassador network called the Leaders in Environment,...

CN’s Magpie River Declared a “Living Entity”

Ranked by National Geographic as one of the world’s top ten whitewater rivers, the Quebec’s Magpie River now has the same rights as other...

When was the last time you practiced setting up a Z-Drag?

So you've got your Z-Drag kit prepped with rescue rope, webbing, pulleys, carabiners, and cordage. But when was the last time you actually took...

Vail GoPro Games Moving Ahead with June Dates, Athlete Registration Opens April 9

The GoPro Mountain Games are officially on for June 10-13, 2021. “We are back, and we could not be more excited to bring some joy,...

Top 5 Whitewater Rafting Day Trips

Got some pent-up pandemic jones to go rafting? You're not alone. Try one of the following five top rafting day trips in the country... Chattooga...

Rafting Community Loses a Legend with the Passing of Rafael Gallo

The international rafting community lost one of its biggest stalwarts and promoters with the passing Tuesday, March 23, of Rafael Gallo, founder of Costa...

International Rafting Federation Launches First Internationally Recognized Para Rafting Classification and Rules

The International Rafting Federation (IRF) has now officially recognized the need to make raft racing available to as wide a group of people as...

Excuse Me, Is This Your Disco Ball? Whacko Items Found on River Cleanups

Every year around the country, river advocacy groups, outfitters, paddling shops and more host river cleanups to pick trash out of their local waterways....

Charlotte, NC, to Get Yet Another Whitewater Park

The kayaking and rafting in Charlotte, N.C., is about to get even better. Thanks to Duke Energy, the region is about to boast another major...

End of an Era: Famed Costa Rican Rafting Outfitter Rios Tropicales Closes Down

The pandemic has hit home for river runners—especially those who love paddling Costa Rica’s beloved Pacuare River. Ríos Tropicales, a pioneer on the Pacuare and...

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 by trains full of heavy crude...

It’s River Permit Time! (Link to Resources Here!)

It's river permit season, all you freeloading dirtbags. Ensure your chance to keep getting invited on river trips by actually applying for, and hopefully pulling,...

New River Gorge To Become National Park

Get ready to raft in a new national park. West Virginia’s New River Gorge is set to become the nation’s newest national park, thanks to...

Top Rafting Reads (for this COVID Christmas)

Looking for some great rafting reading to get you through this COVID-confined Christmas, and spark your juices for the upcoming paddling season? Our friends at...

The World’s Top 10 Rafting Trips

Although many guides evoke the image, you don’t have to be a bleach-blonde, toothpaste poster boy to enjoy rafting. Once Covid restrictions lift —...

Watch Epic Russian Rafting Carnage on the Yurunkash River

Think rafting promotes social distancing? Not for these Russians, simultaneously caught in a keeper hydraulic on the Yurunkash river in the former Soviet Union. See the...

CKS Top Gift Ideas for Rafters

Got a rafter in your life? Rafters can always use gifts, and there’s no better time to help them stockpile up than the holidays. The...

NRS Releases “River of Return” (Bonus Q&A with Producers!)

As part of its ongoing efforts to educate paddlers about issues of importance to them, NRS is proud to release River of Return, highlighting...

Dams Getting Closer to Coming Down on Cali’s Klamath

When two tribes, two states and Warren Buffett step up and commit to the world’s biggest dam removal project – it’s a big deal. So...

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Kokatat Sold

After 50 years under the direction and ownership of its founder, Steve O’Meara, Kokatat has been purchased by the company’s Director of...
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Flash Flood Kills Rafter in Grand Canyon

A 29-year-old woman was found dead and others were injured following a flash flood July 14 in Grand Canyon National...

Tokyo Sneak Peak: The Top 5 Women Slalom Kayakers to Keep an Eye On

From oldest to youngest, the inside skinny on the top female slalom paddlers at this year’s Olympics. Spain’s Maialen Chourraut is the...

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Landslide Causes Oil Spill into Ecuador’s lower Quijos River

While a large landslide in Ecuador has spilled crude into the popular Quijos River, it hit the river downstream of most of the best kayak and rafting runs…