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The Final Paddle to D.C. Dispatch: Urban Paddling Advice

12.10.2014

By Amy Freeman Dave and I unlocked the gate of the North Brooklyn Canoe Club as the sun was rising over a rough, industrial part of New York City. Located on top of another Superfund site, this was our access to the water. Donning our drysuits, winter hats and paddle mitts, we launched our canoe […]

Paddle to D.C. Dispatches VI: Paddling through a Superfund Site

12.03.2014

Dave and Amy Freeman finish their 2,000-mile route from Minnesota to Washington to raise awareness for the sulfide ore-mining threat to the Boundary Waters, looking back at their paddling experience on the Champlain Canal into the Hudson River, “because it’s not every day you paddle through one of the nation’s larges Superfund sites.”

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 […]

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.

Why Paddle the Mississippi River: Part 4 – Tote that Barge

07.05.2014

The Rivergator crew grapples with commercial barge traffic as the Lower Mississippi River Paddling Trail-mapping expedition extends to Baton Rouge.

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.

Crowning the King of New York

07.19.2013

With the recent rise in popularity of extreme racing, a series of difficult creek races in New York’s Adirondack Mountains has garnered international attention from the sport’s top athletes.

Eagle Race

07.19.2013

The Eagle Race tests whitewater paddlers as the sprint event for the King of New York series.

Raquette Race

07.19.2013

Newly added as an Association of Whitewater Professionals Whitewater World Series event, the Raquette Race tests some of the world’s best kayakers on New York’s most technical class V whitewater.

Black Race

07.19.2013

Information on the first race of the King of New York Series

Moose Race

07.18.2013

The Moose Race, held during the fall Moose Fest, is the final and most famous event of the King of New York series.

Moose Race

07.18.2013

The most famous and final race of the King of New York series, the Moose Race is a classic and also where the New King of New York is crowned.

Solstice Special: How to boat all winter

12.21.2012

Today is the first day of winter, and many paddlers in colder climates have already packed away their boats for the season. That’s too bad, because with a little gear and good planning, you can boat straight through the winter while having a great time and staying safe. We caught up with four paddlers in the blustery Northeast who have the right attitude, and these tips to keep you going strong through the winter.

The Black Festival

07.18.2012

Stories and photos from the 2012 Black River Race

The 2012 Adirondack Paddlefest

05.31.2012

Steady sunshine and temperatures in the low 80s greeted just under 3,000 people to the 14th annual Adirondack Paddlefest on the weekend of May 18-20 in Old Forge, N.Y.

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