Expert Advice: Going Big on Lake Superior

Reader Kirk Sloan seeks and finds some expert feedback on his five-day kayaking trip itinerary from his first open-water overnight sea kayak expedition this summer to Lake Superior’s Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

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February is Paddling Film Festival Month


This month the two largest paddling film festivals will be held and awards to will given to the best paddling films of 2007. NATIONAL PADDLING FILM FESTIVAL Started in 1983 back in the day when 8mm movie films ruled! February 22nd and 23rd will be the 25th Annual NPFF, celebrating 25 years of promoting River […]

Four Members of Our Diverse Kayaking Community


Sea kayaking is a sport predicated on the individual. Its largely one paddler per boat, and its an easy sport to do alone. We spread out along vast coastlines, rarely running across one another, and when we do we pass with a nod or a wave. The West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium in Port Townsend, […]

Levy Finishes Paddling the Mexican Gulf Coast Paddler is half way to his goal.


On January 29, 2008, after 115 days of uninterrupted paddling along the east coast of Mexico, Abraham Levy has arrived in Baja California where he is paddling in the company of the gray whales that gather in this part of the Pacific during this time of year. Levy has finished paddling the first stage of […]

August Canoe & Kayak Table of ContentsVolume 36;Issue 5


Canoe & Kayak’s August issue is on sale now. Check out the best paddling of British Columbia, gear for the digital age, and read about a race around Manhattan. We also take you kayaking into Chile’s deepest fjord and teach you how to paddle like an Olympian. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand […]

Paddling California’s Mammoth Lakes


Mammoth Lakes sits in the pristine beauty of California’s Sierra Mountains. Surrounded by a backdrop of fragrant pines and majestic peaks, the lakes are some of Califorinia’s paddling gems. In the typical winter there could be over 100 inches of snow on the mountains and makes for some tough paddling,but it’s never to early to […]

Osborne and Clegg Finish First Leg of Madagascar Circumnavigation


On the 9th of November 2007 Simon Osborne and Philip Clegg set off to attempt to circumnavigate Madagascar by Sea Kayak. Due to visa restraints and work commitments they split the challenge into two parts.On the 10th of Jan 2008 the first part was successfully completed. From their blog With mixed forecasts, talk of the […]

Sea Kayak Paddle Review 2008Blades of GloryVariable Lengths and Infinite Feather Angles


This years crop of versatile touring paddles break down and adjust to different sizes and feather angles using high-tech materials and ingenious devices. Sawyer Orca V-lam ($250, paddlesandoars.com) 26 oz. sizes available: 220, 240 Sawyer’s new red cedar lay-up of its popular Orca blades melds stunning good looks with a solid feel in the water […]

Exploring Norway’s Trollfjorden by Ski and Kayak


Norway’s Lofoten Islands rise abruptly out of the North Sea to more than 3,500 feet. The densely packed archipelago curves southward like an eagle’s talon poised above the Arctic Circle. A haven for sea birds, including puffins in the hundreds of thousands, the Lofotens also host the world’s largest orca gathering. It’s a remote and […]

Changes in Expedition Canoeing


Cliff Jacobson talks of the changes he has seen in over 50 years of expedition canoeing.

Red Canoe – Milner Canyon, Idaho


We reached the dam at sunrise and found the river siphoned away by three large irrigation canals. Above the Milner Dam, the Snake River rolled at more than 8,000 cubic feet per second. Below, the flow was only 230 cfs. The river, America’s 10th longest, was suddenly so narrow you could nearly hop across it. […]

Kayaking in PatagoniaFamily kayaking provides many challenges in the Chilean wilderness


At first blush, Patagonia inspires many comparisons. “It is like Switzerland, only with volcanoes.” “It is like Norway, only with semi-tropical vegetation.” “It is like the San Juan Islands, only in Alaska.” It doesn’t take long before these comparisons fall away when replaced by a the realization that, despite any similarities to other places, Patagonia […]

Free Sailing Starter Kit for Kayakers


Kayaks and sailboats go together like, well . . . like a loon chick and its parent . . . like a frog and a lily pad . . . like a boat for shoreline exploration and the mother ship which carries it into the wilderness. Each is a quiet getaway vessel capable of operating […]

Canada’s Nahanni River: A Solo Paddle in Canada’s Northwest Territories


Luc Bedard paddles a canoe, solo, down Canada’s Nahanni River.

Kayak Camping In Style


Kayak Camping In Style Outdoor writer Rob Lyon has spent more than two decades exploring Vancouver Island by kayak, putting camping gear to the test, and weathering more than a few squalls along the way. Whether out for a weekend or a two-month circumnavigation, he finds a cozy camp translates into mental alertness and a […]

Grand Canyon 2009 Main Lottery Dates Announced


In an announcement e-mailed only to registered applicants on January 17, 2008, Grand Canyon National Park announced the dates for the main 2009 non-commercial river permits lottery. Applications will be taken for the 2009 river running season beginning February 1 through noon February 26, 2008. The announcement did not say when the main 2009 drawing […]

First Winter Attempt to Circumnavigate Vancouver Island


On January 18,2008, Ken Campbell began his attempt at a solo circumnavigation of Vancouver Island. Although the trip has been done by others in the past, none of the previous expeditions have taken place entirely during the winter season. From the News Tribune Ken Campbell is no stranger to long kayak trips. In 2000, he […]

Whitewater Parks Revitalize Local Economies


Ask Reno business owners and tourism officials about the Reno River Festival and they all mention one thing: girls in bikinis. The restaurateurs and city leaders aren’t necessarily excited about the girls themselves, but they are excited about what girls in bikinis invariably attract—a crowd. The girls brought 32,000 of their friends to the Festival […]

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