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Looking Back: The ’89 Slalom Worlds

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.

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Atlantic to Pacific Journey by Boat and Bike

09.11.2007

I looked off to my right and I saw this seagull land about ten yards away. I was in a little slack water in Astoria’s bay and the seagull was out in the strong tide water just floating very fast by me. It seemed as though the seagull was looking right at me and saying, […]

Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival 2007

09.08.2007

The Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival will be held Oct. 27-Nov. 4 on the Great Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail in many of Lee County Florida’s waterfront communities. The county has been recognized as one of the best U.S. kayaking destinations by both Canoe & Kayak magazines. Paddlers, families and outdoors types from around the county and […]

Kayaking Cuba

08.28.2007

According to the CIA World Factbook, Cuba has more coastline and rivers than every other Caribbean island combined. The factbook also notes that it is illegal for me, or any other U.S. citizen, to visit this untapped paddling motherlode. If my government really wanted to keep me away, it should not have posted that information […]

Kayaking Shark Bay Australia

08.28.2007

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 […]

Red Canoe – Twin Bridges

08.25.2007

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 […]

How to Portage with a Canoe

08.21.2007

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 […]

Kayak Fishing on the Gulf Coast

08.21.2007

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 […]

Summer Kayak Gear Review

08.18.2007

Sunny days and soaring temps call for the right gear. Here’s a look at what’s out there now to complete your paddling season tool kit.

August 2007 Table of Contents

08.14.2007

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- […]

Sea Kayaking Victoria, Canada

08.02.2007

The capital city of British Columbia,

Potomac Whitewater Festival – Great Falls Race 2007

08.02.2007

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 […]

California Kayaker Attacked by Shark

07.27.2007

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 […]

Fishing Kayaks Review 2007

07.27.2007

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 […]

Red Canoe – South Fork

07.12.2007

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 […]

Red Canoe – Jackson Hole

07.12.2007

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 […]

The J-Stroke

07.12.2007

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 […]

Salt River Rising

07.12.2007

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 […]

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