106 Articles by: Conor Mihell
Live Wood: 5 one-piece hardwood canoe paddles

Live Wood: 5 one-piece hardwood canoe paddles

Recently, one-piece hardwood canoe paddles have surged in popularity — especially in the lakes and rivers of Ontario, the heart of Canadian canoe country. These paddles are cut and shaped entirely b[...]

An update from a cross-Canada odyssey

An update from a cross-Canada odyssey

During a rare moment of internet connectivity near historic Churchill River we check in with Pierre Pépin and Jennifer Gosselin, the French-Canadian couple amid an 8,800-mile, 200-portage expedition [...]

If You Build It: Salida, CO Whitewater Park

If You Build It: Salida, CO Whitewater Park

Modern whitewater park design originated in Colorado, and Salida’s quarter-mile course, completed in 2000 on the Arkansas River, is prime example of the archetype. Salida was designed by veteran eng[...]

If You Build It: San Marcos, TX Whitewater Park

If You Build It: San Marcos, TX Whitewater Park

A century after its construction, the Rio Vista Dam on the San Marcos River was cracked and tired, in need of replacement. Following the Colorado model, councillors in San Marcos, Texas sought to repl[...]

If You Build It: Charlotte, NC Whitewater Center

If You Build It: Charlotte, NC Whitewater Center

The first thing most paddlers notice at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, isn’t the 1,200-yard-long course, which ranges from beginner-friendly to freestyle- and slal[...]

If You Build It: Oklahoma City Whitewater Park

If You Build It: Oklahoma City Whitewater Park

Water has always been at the center of Mike Knopp’s vision of downtown Oklahoma City. Over a decade ago, Knopp spearheaded the development of OKC’s trendy Boathouse District, turning a glorified d[...]

If You Build It: Charles City, IA Whitewater Park

If You Build It: Charles City, IA Whitewater Park

In 2011, a small town in Iowa became an unlikely playboating destination when paddling visionaries at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and community leaders completed a plan to turn a deadly l[...]

If You Build It: Wausau, WI Whitewater Park

If You Build It: Wausau, WI Whitewater Park

For decades, European racers have modified natural waterways to create competitive whitewater courses. One of the first American communities to adopt this approach was Wausau, Wis., where a nonprofit [...]

Bikes, Boats and Big Rivers

Bikes, Boats and Big Rivers

The adventurer-outdoor educator crew from On the River reflects on their six-month journey paddling source-to-sea on the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, crossing 13 states and 3,500 miles, starting f[...]

Lessons Learned from a Family Canoe Trip Across Canada

Leasons Learned from a Family Canoe Trip Across Canada

Benoit Gendreau-Berthiaume and Magali Moffatt share lessons learned from their 2,500-mile family canoe expedition from Edmonton, Alberta back home to Montreal, Quebec, with their 5-year-old son, Mali[...]