Kayakers at the Great Falls of the Potomac

Pennsylvania photographer Regina Nicolardi captures two kayakers post Great Falls of the Potomac race as they make a final lap on the Class V+ run.

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Wild Animal Encounters


In a heartwarming moment of wild animal encounters, a paddling Samaritan picked up an exhausted northern hawk owl from the frigid Lake Tuusula in Finland. Local Pentti Taskinen placed him on the bow of the boat and paddled him over to the safety of land, where the young owl rested for a while before flying […]

Cold on the Cheap: Winter Gear


Drysuit prices out of range? Consider classic-budget winter gear for cold-weather insulation. Ben and Willy Dinsdale talk about wetsuit-drytop combinations.

Autumn Paddling in New England, Part Three


“What need of details? Miles in a voyage are of no more a count than years in a life: they may be filled with a common place. Men live by events and so they paddle.” Quote found in “Canoeing circa 1888″ from Athletics and Manly Sports by John Boyle O’Reilly found in Titcomb Cabin. A […]

Pub Crawl on the Thames River, Page 3


And then I come upon a ratty old battleship gray and black wooden cabin cruiser with a man drinking an orange concoction straight out of a handle of liquor. “Beautiful day for a paddle, eh?” I say. “Where are you coming from?” says the sinewy man with long brown hair, red bandana, and a tinge […]

Thames River Pub Crawl II


Inspired by some stories he read, Tom Hurley decided to paddle and create an E-book guidebook on pub crawling on the Thames.

Pub Crawl on the Thames River, Page 4


A source-to-sea misadventure on the Thames

Pub Crawl on the Thames River, page 2


We’d planned to camp, but a nagging afternoon drizzle has left the three of us bone-chilled and tired. The crackling fireplace of The Rose Revived, a small 16th century riverfront pub and inn, draws us inside and holds us there. That night we sleep between sheets, as a steady rain pounds the Rose’s windowpanes. The […]

Pub Crawl on the Thames River


A source-to-sea misadventure during a pub crawl on the Thames

Three-Day Grand Canyon Sprint


Take three days to do a Grand Canyon trip. Can a team of guys paddle the full stretch of the Colorado River in half a week?

Autumn Paddling in New England, Part Two


With autumn in full swing, there are so many places where people can go paddling in New England. The Connecticut river is one of them.

OPINION: Flood Paddling Problems


Paddler David Spiegel weighs in on the risks and rewards of capitalizing on Colorado’s historically rainy fall season, raising questions about paddler responsibilities in a flood-ravaged disaster zones.

Exploring Bosnia by Packraft


In this flipbook, writer Forrest McCarthy and photographer Moe Witschard explore the extraordinary rivers and troubled history of Bosnia by packraft.



Six new drysuits highlighted in the December 2013 issue of Canoe & Kayak and put through an “exclusive, super-scientific, extra-qualitative stress test,” by Contributing Editor Joe Jackson.

Mapping the Lower Mississippi Water Trail


The River Gator project to build a paddler’s guide to the Lower Mississippi Water Trail gains momentum with the website live at rivergator.org, and as paddlers embark on the first of three November trips to mark the expansion of the trail, which outfitter/water trail architect John Ruskey describes as “the longest free-flowing water trail in the continental United States, over 1155 miles from St. Louis to the Gulf of Mexico.”

Behind the Lens: Darrell Wong


Maui photographer Darrell Wong utilizes creative exposure and an aerial perspective to capture this unique image of downwind paddling icon Danny Ching.

In the Magazine: Who Owns Water?


Who owns water? Two brothers paddled the Chattahoochee-Flint-Apalachicola Rivers last March and made a film about what the watershed means for improving water use policy around the country.

My Happy Thought


Our August 2013 Letter of the Month award winner, Nebraska paddler Bruce Tomes, sharing the tale of his battle with cancer, inspired by his goal to kayak again with his granddaughter

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