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Canoe Maine: The Upper St. John River

10.15.2014

The upper St. John is a true immersion in the deep woods of northern Maine, what the Allagash used to be: hinting at the legacy of Indian camps, logging booms, and the lingering culture of Acadia. It flirts with the Canadian border, flowing north through pine forests. Locals tout it as the longest wild and […]

Paddle to D.C. Dispatches III: Upstream Travel advice

10.10.2014

Dave and Amy Freeman, in the midst of Paddle to D.C., a 100-day, 2,000-mile journey by water from Minnesota to Washington, D.C., in order to protect the Boundary Waters from sulfide ore mining, share tips on upstream travel.

Destination: Florida’s Suwannee River

10.08.2014

Forget the frenzy of Miami, the spring break throngs, the crowded beaches and glitz. On the Suwannee, settle into a week or more of original Florida.

Paddle to D.C. Dispatches II: Superior Paddling Destinations

10.06.2014

Dave and Amy Freeman, are in the midst of Paddle to D.C., a 100-day, 2,000-mile journey by water from Minnesota to Washington, D.C., in order to protect the Boundary Waters from sulfide ore mining.

Digital Feature: FUEL’S GOLD

10.05.2014

Paddling through American’s hydro-fracking boom at the high-plains confluence of Big Oil and Big Muddy.

Destination: The Quetico Canoe Country

10.02.2014

When Americans think of prime canoe country, they think Boundary Waters. And they’re right. But why stop at the border? Crossing into Ontario, starting with Quetico, opens an unlimited wealth of canoe country. This is what the Boundary Waters are justly famous for, only less crowded, less regulated, and with more options. This is not […]

Lefevre Gold at 2014 Slalom Worlds

09.20.2014

By Joe Potoczak Fabien Lefevre, the young French superstar turned American veteran, today won the 2014 C-1 world championship at home in his adopted country. It’s Lefevre’s seventh ICF world championship gold, but his first in C-1, and first as an American. “I had the crowd on my side, pushing me downstream,” Lefevre says. The […]

Slalom Worlds Day 2: Lefevre Into Finals as Hradilek Falters

09.19.2014

By Joe Potoczak Another world champion has been dethroned. Vavrinec Hradilek, the 2013 world champion and 2012 Olympic silver medalist from the Czech Republic, finished his semifinal run in 22nd place, leaving him out of the final and guaranteeing that we will have a new champion in K-1 this year. There’s still a chance that […]

Slalom Worlds Make Dramatic Return to U.S.

09.18.2014

By Joe Potoczak It’s been 25 years since the whitewater slalom world championships were last held in the United States, but it looked like business as usual for American racers in the opening heats of men’s kayak and solo canoe. All five American men competing Thursday advanced to the semifinal round in workmanlike fashion, including […]

Looking Back: The ’89 Slalom Worlds

09.17.2014

In June 1989, the Savage River was not its usual hidden self. Thousands gathered along the country road that followed its course. People scrambled the steep banks, crouched in the lush forest, and filtered on to recently constructed observation decks. All wanting the optimum view of the red and green poles hovering over the rapids. They were here to witness the Canoe and Kayak Slalom World Championships—the first of which had ever been hosted in the United States.

From the Gallery: Into Indo

09.12.2014

From the May 2013 C&K photo gallery: Photo by Frits Meyst. Sea kayakers explore Hidden Bay on Groot Fam Island, one of more than 1,500 small coral islands in the Raja Ampat archipelago. The reefs and blue-water mangroves teem with marine life, which supports the traditional Papuan way of life. The Raja Ampat Research and […]

Feel Good, Do Good: Find The Real Fiji

09.10.2014

By Kate Stepan While guiding rafts in Bali and other far-flung corners of the globe, Nate and Kelly Bricker saw plenty of what the U.S. river permit system was designed to prevent: overcrowding, overuse, and misuse by companies out to make a buck. When the Salt Lake City-based couple discovered a relatively untouched part of […]

Kayaking artist paddles Mississippi River

09.04.2014

By Katie McKy There are times when the water flowing out of Lake Itasca, the Mississippi River’s headwaters in northern Minnesota, isn’t enough to float a 14.5’ Current Design Whistler. That was not Ellen McDonah’s problem. McDonah, a retired teacher and practicing artist from Galesville, Wisconsin, began her journey to the Gulf on May 25th, […]

Destination Torngat: Expedition to Canada’s Far Northeast

08.25.2014

Kayaker Ben Stookesberry leads an all-star team of paddlers on an exploratory longboat waterfall recon run through the Torngat Mountains, the Northeast’s largest contiguous roadless area in the remote reaches of the Labrador Peninsula, accessing tributary first descents via canoe routes and broadcasting the photos and progress in real-time across social networking platforms.

Revisiting the (Still) Relentless River of Everest

08.25.2014

From C&K’s July 2014 issue: Ben Stookesberry and Surjan Tamang reopen the book on the “Relentless River of Everest” with an improbable first descent of the previously unrun inner gorges of the Nepal’s Dudh Kosi.

Family Kayaking in Alaska

08.18.2014

Two sea otters periscoped out of the water just feet from shore, while an eagle soared overhead with a fresh catch in its talons.

Raft-a-Palooza versus Floatzilla!

08.01.2014

On Sunday, a small New Hampshire community will do its best to slay FloatZilla, and claim the Guinness World Record for their beloved Lake Winnipesaukee.

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