Whitewater Rafting

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...

River Advocate Herm Hoops Passes Away; Watch NRS Film The Salad Days

Herm Hoops, a long time river runner and advocate for the Green and Yampa rivers near Dinosaur National Monument, once wrote, “A river trip...

Canyon Cooler Prospector 103 – Best Rafting Cooler Ever?

Touted as "A premium expedition-sized cooler for rafting & demanding adventures". A cooler built specifically for whitewater rafting. What does that even mean, built specifically for...

Lord of the Fork Race (Spoiler: Dane Won) Kicks Off KY’s Biggest Kayak Weekend

It’s East Coast extreme kayaking race season, COVID be damned. And it kicked off the last weekend of October on Kentucky’s Russell Fork. Every...

“He Could Sell Shit to a Cow:” Watch Tribute Video to Martin Litton

Some say he rowed with an angel on his shoulder. But renowned conservationist and dory aficionado Martin Litton was the angel on the shoulder of...

How to Use, Setup, and Clean a Groover.

Groover duty. It's a dirty business but someone has to do it. Bringing a groover on a river trip is a necessary evil and many...

Catching Up with AIRE Co-founder Alan Hamilton

What better place to run into one of Idaho’s, and the rafting industry’s, most passionate, productive and accomplished players than the banks of Idaho’s...

Grizzly Creek Fire Hits Rafters on Colorado River

Things heated up for rafters on Colorado’s Shoshone Canyon section of the Colorado River when a fire broke out near Grizzly Creek, forcing commercial...

Top 6 River Adventure Books (and One to Grow On)

(Compiled by Michael Hughes/Northwest Rafting Co.) With the pandemic cutting into shared time outdoors, now is the perfect time to start in on the reading...

Duh, Why Didn’t I Think of That? Witness the AIRE “Cataroller”

You might not find them on AIRE’s website or your typical REI catalog, but if you’re an avid catarafter looking for a leg up...

Meet Alpacka Packraft Stud Stanley Mulvany (with Podcast!)

Want to get to know one of the packrafting world’s most ardent — and well-aging — paddlers? Look no further than New Zealander and avid...

Back to China for 2021 IRF World Rafting Champs

IRF World Rafting Champs 2021 and 2022 Dates/Locations Announced Following the postponement of the International Rafting Federation's 2020 World Rafting Championship (WRC), the IRF has...

How To Buy A Whitewater Raft

Selecting The Right Whitewater Raft For Your Rafting Needs Whitewater rafts come in a variety styles, shapes, and sizes. Each tailored to specific whitewater needs....
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Costa Rica is Navigating Rough Waters with Coronavirus and Tourism

COVID-19 has turned the world of eco tourism upside down. We’re all Paddling a First Descent. Watch this video on Costa Rica rafting operator Rios...

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WIN This Yeti Hopper 8 Soft Cooler

After you've entered to win a YETI 8 soft cooler, check out these other camp essentials. Cooler Wars: What...
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Special Pre-release Pyranha Scorch Review (with Sweet Vid)!

Special Pre-release 2021 Pyranha Scorch Video Review (by Nick Hinds) Check out more of Nick's detailed Scorch review for more texture... I...

Hobie Sold; PL Catches Up with New Chairman Taso Sofikitis

On Jan. 25, pedal-drive kayak company Hobie Cat Co. was sold from one private equity group to another, consisting...

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Charlotte, NC, to Get Yet Another Whitewater Park

The kayaking and rafting in Charlotte, N.C., is about...

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

The pandemic has hit home for river runners—especially those...
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