The Shepherd of Rivers
Riverside memorial to celebrate the life of a canoeing legend
The late Verlen Kruger is arguably the world’s most accomplished canoeist, having paddled some 100,000 miles in a series of ambitious expeditions that took him up and down the west coast of North America and from the Arctic Ocean to Cape Horn. But beyond his credentials as a long-distance paddler, Kruger’s friend Dan Smith will always remember the man as an advocate of clean, healthy rivers. In June, Smith and a group of friends will dedicate a bronze memorial to Kruger alongside the Grand River in Portland, Mich.