Canoe & Kayak’s 2008 Edition of the Beginner’s Guide is on sale now. It’s our once a year issue that inspires and educates all those new to paddle sports. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand or paddling shop, or subscribe today!

C&K Eco Fact:
C&K proudly uses 85 percent post consumer waste.

On the Cover:
Kayaking on the Racecoursce section of the Rio Grande near Pilar, New Mexico.
photo by Michael De Young


RAFTING WITH KIDS 101 – A week floating the San Juan River with 10 kids, ages 2 – 12: Crazy fun, or just plain crazy?
by Eugene Buchanan

SOLO ESCAPE- Sometimes eluding the rat race is as simple as climbing into a canoe and paddling away.
by Alan S. Kesselheim


FORWARD – The hard way, and the easy way.
By Kate Stepan

PUT IN – A dozen reasons to start paddling, three instructors to teach you how , and the lingo to tell about it.

THE PADDLING LIFE – Eugene gets real about artificial rivers.By Eugene Buchanan

HOW TO – Steer your canoe, carry your boat, fish from your kayak, and paddle like an Olympic champ.

GEAR GUIDE- Everything you need to get started.

DESTINATIONS – Quiz yourself on the continent’s best paddling spots.

PHOTO FINISH -A postcard from Nebraska’s Sandhills.