Destination: The Green River’s Labyrinth and Stillwater Canyons

Most of the Southwest’s canyon floats involve serious whitewater. What makes this section of the Green River perfect for sinking into “River Time” is that it dives deep into that rock-wall dimension, but the current stays benign the entire route, a no-brainer for open canoes or touring kayaks. The other draw is that the potential […]

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Sprayskirt Review


It is a cold and rainy day, the kind of cold that just penetrates to the bone and tricks you into lying in bed, eating pizza, and watching reruns of 24. However, once you climb into the cockpit of your boat and secure your sprayskirt, you have created your own little microclimate where all is […]

Chalupsky Captures World Cup Title


November 25 Perth, Australia By Joe Glickman Standing next to his ski waist deep in the water, Oscar Chalupsky eyed the flat sea as he waited for the gun on the second day of the two-day World Cup in Perth. Having won the first day, his challenge was simple: win again and the overall title […]

Canoe & Kayak, December 2006 – Table of Contents


On the cover – Innovative Craft Old Town Koru, Warren Light Craft Little Wing, Mad River Synergy photo by: John Bolivar and Courtesy of Warren Light Craft GEAR This is our 2007 BUYER’S GUIDE Your resource for over 1000 Canoes, 1400 Kayaks, 350 Inflatables, 850 Paddles and 175 PFD’s. The definitive listing for gear in […]

Crossing the Sea of Cortez


by Ric Gelman and Dan Heldenreich first appeared in Canoe and Kayak Oct. 2006 There was no mistaking what we heard. The sound of so much air being expelled by enormous lungs was startling. How could a living, breathing creature be so huge? We were only 50 feet away from a massive finback whale in […]

Waterfalls on Colorado’s San Juan River


A deluge on the San Juan River lifted a fun float into a new level.

Inflatable Kayak Review


by Libby Bliss first appeared in Ocotober 2006 Canoe and Kayak. The answer is viable kayak option, and here’s why. First, inflatable kayaks are incredibly versatile traveling companions. Generally weighing from 25 to 48 pounds, most inflatables fold into duffel bags the size of a large suitcase, making them easy to carry onto a plane, […]

Canoe & Kayak, October2006


On the cover – An Outward Bound kayaker paddles through a tide-sculpted sea arch in Kenai Fjords national Park. photo by: Doug Demarest FEATURES DAY 26 One of the most memorable days of an extraordinary canoe journey down Arctic Canada’s Back River is dominated by a never-ending protage that tests the mettle of six young, […]

How To buy A Digital Camera


QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE YOU BUY A DIGITAL CAMERA So many cameras…so much to learn. There are hundreds of cameras out there in all sizes, shapes, capabilities and prices. It is a juggling act to balance your needs, wants and money with the camera that speaks to you and helps you capture your memories in […]

Contoocook River, New Hampshire


Like many Bostonians on weekends, the Contoocook River flows north, fleeing city life for farmlands and woods and finding special solace in the golden hue of fall foliage season, when the oak, maple, and birch trees begin to turn. And like some Commonwealth dwellers, the ‘Took can also be pushy and volatile, thanks to the […]

Dog Island, Florida


Why to go: As more and more humans crowd the globe, it has become harder to be at one with nature. Dog Island, however, offers paddlers a place to experience adventure and inspiration in the shrinking wilds of coastal Florida. This diamond in the gulf rises up just south of Carrabelle, in the eastern panhandle. […]

Waterproof Digital Cameras for Paddling


It’s a magical day on the water. Mountains sparkle as sunlight dances. Rain clouds promise both spectacular views and sudden drenchings. You wipe your glasses. There’s a constant drizzle as rain mixes with salt spray. Suddenly a pod of orcas appears, blowing their damp breath into the cool air. It’s the chance of a lifetime; […]

Green River Access


Lots of companies are drawing on kayaking imagery to promote their brands, and now kayakers have gotten a direct benefit from that promotion. Filming recently completed on the Zimmer Orthopedics Sales Success Kayaking Film. It featured former freestyle C-1/OC-1 National and World Champion Brian Miller on the Narrows of the Green River, with filming done […]

Barton Sets New Record


The race started at the southern end of Manhattan on the Hudson across from Ground Zero. Forty-one participants in sea kayaks, surf skis and OC1s set off in five waves up the Hudson River (but with the current) to the northern tip of Manhattan. Leading the field was Barton, paddling an Epic V10L, and Brooklyn’s […]

Preserving Lake Superior


In July 1983 when we dipped our paddles for the first time into Lake Superior, we were part way into a voyage across Canada by canoe from the Gulf of St. Lawrence to the Beaufort Sea.

Johnson Buys Lendal


Johnson Outdoors Inc. has acquired Scotland-based Lendal paddles, adding the company to its portfolio of paddlesports brands. The family-owned and managed Lendal company was acquired from founders and owners, Alistair and Marianne Wilson. The transaction, which closed on October 3, 2006, continues Johnson Outdoors’ strategic focus on acquisitions that complement its businesses, have market-leading potential […]

ORC Buys Bell


ORC Industries to Buy Bell Canoe Oct. 2, 2006 – ORC Industries announced the signing of an agreement with Ted Bell to acquire the assets of Bell Canoe Works of Princeton, Minnesota. Bell’s manufacturing operation will be moved to the ORC complex in LaCrosse, Wisconsin and become part of the company’s growing Outdoor Group. Ted […]

Sea Kayak Paddle Review


Gear reviews are usually full of technical jargon and concepts I don’t understand. You will find none of that here. Instead, enjoy the ramblings of a 30-year paddler who enjoys all the technical advantages he can feel while using the product. I began paddling with heavy, 90-degree-feather, symmetrical paddles that were short on glitz and […]

Buyer's Guide

Buyer's Guide