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What I Learned in B.C.

10.05.2013

BC is of the most beautiful and most challenging whitewater destinations in the world. Paddler and C&K contributor Eric Adsit offers advice from his kayaking experience to help others make good judgment calls without the portages.

Kayaking Detroit, Michigan

10.03.2013

With soaring unemployment and an economy Milton Friedman could only shake his head at, visiting Detroit isn’t on many people’s bucket list these days. But if you’re into non-motorized boating, you may want to give Motor City a second look.

Salton Sea, Southern California

10.03.2013

Don’t let the high salt content and a few dead Tilapia littering the briny mudflats of the Salton Sea sway your decision to paddle California’s largest lake.

Cache La Bayou, Arkansas

10.03.2013

The best thing about searching for a formerly extinct bird is that it can force you out of your comfort zone. Take Bayou DeView, for example, within the Cache River National Wildlife Refuge in east-central Arkansas.

Some Unlikely Paddling Destinations

10.03.2013

Sometimes the best paddling happens when you least expect it. On the following pages, you’ll find six other mistakenly overlooked spots to discover for yourself.

Gowanus Canal, Brooklyn N.Y.

10.03.2013

Each time he crossed the Gowanus Canal, Frank Minna, the small-time wise guy in the novel Motherless Brooklyn, quipped that it’s “the only body of water in the world that is 90 percent guns.”

Cuyahoga River, Ohio

10.03.2013

The waterway was so full of industrial waste that its surface burned no fewer than 13 times, including the devastating 1969 blaze that helped spark large-scale environmental policy initiatives. These days, it’s a great place for a paddle.

The Hanford Reach, Washington

10.03.2013

Folks at the Hanford Site spend most of their time cleaning up the mess left by the nine Cold War reactors and five plutonium enrichment plants along this scenic 51-mile stretch of the Columbia River in Southeastern Washington.

5 Reasons to Paddle Palau

09.26.2013

From swimming among golden jellyfish to kayaking over sharks in crystal clear waters, Palau has everything an adventurous traveler could want in a vacation.

The Voyageur’s Highway

09.19.2013

Paddle Ontario’s French River, a 65-mile stretch designated as a CAnadian Heritage River and wild almost all the way through.

Redux Paddle Routes

09.19.2013

Paddle in the wake of explorers, fur traders and wilderness visionaries on waterways that have only improved with the passage of time

The River of No Return

09.19.2013

Whitewater paddlers ought to thank the late U.S. Senator Frank Church, the father of the 1968 Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, for legislation to preserve free-flowing rivers. Closest to Church’s heart was Idaho’s Salmon River.

On the Trail of Lewis and Clark

09.19.2013

On the Trail of Lewis and Clark Central Montana’s Upper Missouri River proved to be one of the most challenging and inspiring parts of the Corps of Discovery’s 1804-1806 expedition across America. Lewis and Clark’s 33-person team had it tough on the Upper Missouri, hauling six dugout canoes and two behemoth 35-foot pirogues upstream to […]

The Singing Wilderness

09.19.2013

Few had a greater impact on protecting wild places in the 20th century than writer and naturalist Sigurd Olson (1899-1982), whose collection of lyrical stories immortalized the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

Powell Country

09.19.2013

A hard-ass, one-armed Civil War veteran named Major John Wesley Powell led the first team to descend the turbulent waterways that have since become America’s best-known rafting rivers.

Thoreau’s North Woods

09.19.2013

From Chamberlain Lake to the confluence with the St. John River, the Allagash flows nearly 100 miles through lakes, ponds, runnable Class I to III whitewater, falls and short portages, making this the quintessential seven- to 10-day Maine canoe trip.

Fight to Save the Jondachi River

09.13.2013

Developers are poised to dam Ecuador’s Rio Jondachi, a classic jungle river for rafting that if dammed will lose a burgeoning tourist industry worth $1 million (US) annually and the region’s unique biological diversity.

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