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Flood of the Century: Clark Fork River

11.09.2011 //

On August 28, as Tropical Storm Irene pummeled Vermont with 8 inches of rain in six hours. Ryan Mooney and I paddled Mill Brook, a Class V tributary of the Mad River that pours straight down the local ski mountain.

Flood of the Century: Mad and Winooski Rivers

11.09.2011 //

On August 28, as Tropical Storm Irene pummeled Vermont with 8 inches of rain in six hours. Ryan Mooney and I paddled Mill Brook, a Class V tributary of the Mad River that pours straight down the local ski mountain.

Flood of the Century: Colorado River

11.09.2011 //

As the greatest flood in nearly a century neared its apex in the second week of May, it brought a change of weather to my hometown of Clarksdale, Mississippi. The typical spring southerlies gave way to an unlikely cool breeze, which blew steady from the north for five straight days.

Flood of the Century: Potomac River

11.08.2011 //

A lot of the time when we’re out on a day like that one, we’re discussing how in awe we are to still be exploring the river. I probably paddle the Potomac 150 days a year, and even after two decades, there are new things to find every time.

Flood of the Century: Mississippi II

11.08.2011 //

Ordinarily, St. Catherine’s Creek is a dry wash that circumscribes the limits of Natchez, the oldest city on the Mississippi. The spring of 2011, however, was no ordinary time on the river.

Flood of the Century: Mississippi III

11.08.2011 //

We’re right on the bank of the Mississippi River in northeast Louisiana. There’s about 10,000 acres here that are surrounded by a levee that was built in 1912. We call it the Old Levee, and it held in ’27, which was the highest water on record.

Slow Train

11.07.2011 //

Our managing editor packs a season’s worth of Alpine whitewater into one frenzied week, and learns that paddling Switzerland via rail and bus isn’t about time

Lunging Humpback Whale Nearly Swallows Tandem Kayakers

11.04.2011 //

By: Pete Thomas, A woman on a surfboard and two people aboard a kayak were nearly engulfed by a humpback whale that charged out of the water, its mouth agape, just a few feet away. Barb Roettger’s video of the amazing encounter, which occurred near Santa Cruz, Calif., was posted Wednesday. The incident is […]


10.28.2011 //

A dauntingly close encounter this week involving a kayaker and two humpback whales in California’s Monterey Bay is sure to fall under a believe-it-or-not type of scrutiny.

Across Canada by Water

10.27.2011 //

It was snowing, the temperature well below freezing and the Arctic waterways turning to ice when six friends finished a cross-Canada canoe journey on October 14 in Inuvik, Northwest Territories, on the Mackenzie River.

Through the Rain and the Night

10.24.2011 //

With water flowing fast and pushing flood levels all summer, Missouri American Water MR 340 organizer Scott Mansker was doubtful that this year’s 340-mile heartland odyssey from Kansas City to St. Louis could even happen.

Kayak community gears up for week of traditional Greenland training and competition

10.21.2011 //

ISSAQUAH, WASHINGTON — Paddlers from across the region are traveling to the Seattle area this October for Greenland Week, a celebration of traditional kayaking skills being held from Wednesday, Oct. 26 to Sunday, Oct. 30 at Kayak Academy’s Center at Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah, Washington.

Kokatat Sponsors Greenland Week

10.20.2011 //

The people of Greenland, in the sub-Arctic, are the originators of many of today’s kayak designs and gear, most notably the Greenland paddle.

Kayaker Captures Amazing Blue Whale Footage, Above and Below Surface

10.19.2011 //

Majestic blue whales have been feeding off Southern California for months, luring marine mammal paparazzi of all types, including TV news crews, onto whale-watching boats. But some of the most amazing footage was captured off Redondo Beach recently by kayaker Rick Coleman, who was using his helmet camera.

Countdown for Condit: T-minus two weeks

10.11.2011 //

The excitement of restoring Washington’s free-flowing White Salmon River is reaching fever pitch. On October 26, a hole will be blasted in the base of the 95-year-old, 125-foot Condit Dam, and Northwestern Reservoir will drain in a matter of hours. The explosion will mark the beginning of a regionally and nationally significant river restoration effort.

EPA Finalizes California’s List of Polluted Waters

10.11.2011 //

More of California’s waterways are impaired than previously known, according to a list of polluted waterways submitted by the state to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and finalized by the agency today.

Kokatat teams up with whitewater superstars Eric and Dane Jackson

10.05.2011 //

Kokatat is excited to announce a new strategic alliance with whitewater kayaking superstar Eric “E.J.” Jackson and his son and reigning Junior Freestyle Kayak World Champion Dane Jackson.

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