104 Articles by: Conor Mihell
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[...]

Justin Trudeau Paddled My Canoe

Justin Trudeau Paddled My Canoe

Conservationist Harry Teitelbaum reflects on a special day in Toronto with the Canadian Prime Minister.

C&K’s Summer Gear Bag, Part II

C&K’s Summer Gear Bag, Part II

From comfy boardshorts to a techy paddle fitness tracker and a sleeping bag built for two, here are seven items for summer paddling fun. Nemo Tango Duo Slim sleeping bag $349.95 Couples will rejoice t[...]