Florida has a 1,500-mile water trail and many rivers feeding into the Gulf of Mexico. None are as wild or biologically significant as the Apalachicola River.
Dawn spread across Shark Bay, Australia’s most westerly point, and with the tide lapping at our feet we set off across the mirrored lagoon. It was a rare pleasure watching our boats’ shadows glide silently over the seabed because out in the open the northwesterly was waiting for us. We’d left Denham, Shark Bay’s only […]
We could be in Kenya. White pelicans with black wing accents ride thermal vents upward, floating above us in cyclone formation. Killdeers chirp, eagles stare, and herons wade. Sucker fish glance the surface, their ridged backs tunneling in front of Red canoe. I expect to see a crocodile slithering into the shallow, tepid water. In […]
C&K contributing editor Cliff Jacobson weighs about a Duluth pack below the national average, but there’s nothing small about his opinions. Especially when it comes to portaging. “It’s not my system,” he says. “It goes back to the early fur traders, and the Native Americans before that. Everyone did this the same way, because it […]
The first fin appeared about 20 minutes after we launched, a rust-colored tail weaving and wagging its way along a grassy bank about 40 feet off my bow. Straddling the stern of my kayak and kicking along the oozy bayou bottom with my boots—“Flintstoning” in local parlance after the cartoon character’s foot-powered car—I eased the […]
The August 2007 issue of Canoe & Kayak magazine is on sale now. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand or paddling shop, or subscribe today! On the Cover:Joanie McGuffin greets an Ontario morning. Photo by Gary McGuffin. DESTINATIONSPortland, Maine – A paddler’s guide to Vacationland. By Sam Bass Flathead River, Montana- A 158- […]
For 364 days a year, boaters who want to run Great Falls on Maryland’s Potomac River wait for the tourists to go home, tiptoe down the access path, and quietly snap their sprayskirts in the pool above one of the East Coast’s premier Class V drops. For one day each summer, however, local paddlers organize […]
BEAN HOLLOW STATE BEACH, CALIFORNIA – Dan Prather was smiling after his July 21 extreme close-up with a suspected great white shark. His boat didn’t fare as well. Friends of the Concord, California kayaker said the bow of his red Hobie Adventure sit-on-top was scratched, scuffed, cracked, and holed when a large shark believed to […]
Ratings defined Speed: more stars indicate increasing speed. Maneuverability: measures ease of turning. Higher scores denote quick-carving kayaks; few stars indicate boats that easily hold their heading. Stability: measures the subjective feeling of ‘tippiness.’ Higher scoring boats feel rock-steady. Lower scoring boats have more wobble in them but may actually be less prone to turtle […]
It’s fitting that Red enters Idaho waters at the base of Palisades Dam. Without the Snake River’s dozens of impoundments, there’d be no Famous Potatoes on the state’s license plates. For that matter, without the moderating effect Palisades has on river conditions, there’d be fewer trout in this section—at least of the nonnative brown and […]
Jackson Hole Paddling the Snake in Wyoming’s brutal winter historically has been regarded as the height of foolhardiness. That reputation was forged in 1876, when Lt. Gustavus Doane and six soldiers set out to explore the entirety of the Snake, from Yellowstone to the Columbia. The expedition was a disaster. Travel was slow in the […]
Gunwale, yoke, thwart, tumblehome? Canoeing has it’s own language. At least the J-stroke, the movement most commonly used to propel a solo canoe, is what it sounds like—the paddle blade traces a letter “J” as it provides forward momentum while keeping the boat tracking in a straight line. 1. Reach forward to plant the blade […]
We each lie in our separate tents, quietly fretting about the fast-rising river not 50 feet away. The steady drone of raindrops and the deep-throated clatter of boulders rumbling along the riverbed don’t make us rest any easier. Four of us are bivouacked along the flooding Upper Salt River in the southern Arizona desert, our […]
Leg One – Oxbow Bend – Grand Teton National ParkRed has seen more abuse than most 17-foot Dagger Ventures her age, but never conditions like this……… Leg Two – Jackson HolePaddler:Jim StanfordPaddling the Snake in Wyoming’s brutal winter historically has been regarded as the height of foolhardiness……..