Week in Review: October 17, 2014

How not to launch your boat, blind kayakers finish Grand Canyon, scary kayak spelunking and more

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Paddling through Wildlife Refuges


Kenai, Alaska Souris River, North Dakota Prime Hook, Delaware Ruby Lake, Nevada By Jennifer Anderson, for the National Wildlife Refuge System Okefenokee Refuge, Georgia The swamp and overnight shelters at Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge are open to all interested paddlers – just not all at once. “We can guarantee a stretch of trail and overnight […]

Paddling Charities – They make our boating world a better place.


Paddle for Your Life is a grassroots effort by Seattle-area kayakers to bring together volunteers from the kayaking community to teach high-school students who would otherwise never have this opportunity how to paddle. www.paddleforyourlife.org. Roanoke River Partners is a nonprofit created to help promote conservation of a little-known wilderness treasure, the Roanoke River in northeastern […]

Rigging a Kayak for Fishing


Take your time, and begin with the basic equipment that will get you on the water catching fish. Let’s assume you have a paddle and a PFD, so we won’t talk about those. Ninety percent of the people I fish with use rotomolded kayaks, either sit-on-tops or recreational sit-insides. The first step in rigging a […]

DVD Review – The Russian Wave


review by Ray Schmidt DVD Category: documentary/travel and first descents Boat type: whitewater,kind of 1 sucks and 5 is awesome. Soundtrack – 4 Visuals – 5 Action – 2 …that’s the point! Quality of production – 4 Clean edits – 3.5 Educational quality – 5 Overall – 4.5 Getting paid to paddle is pro whitewater […]



The Chattahoochee River flows right through town. North of the city, the Appalachian rivers call to whitewater boaters, while south of Atlanta quiet-water paddlers will find the mighty Altamaha and other rivers of the Piedmont region. Canoeing The Georgia River Network hosted a weeklong canoe camping adventure along the Chattahoochee River, which flows right through […]

C & O Canal, Maryland


The sun was low as the D.C. monuments came into sight, and we knew that our adventure was nearly complete. It had begun 15 days earlier at the western end of the Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O) Canal National Historical Park. We could almost taste the steaks that awaited us at Tony and Joe’s, a chic […]

Holiday Gifts for the Paddler


by John Bolivar 12/8/05 – Web Exclusive Do you have paddlers you need to buy presents for? Having a hard time finding just the right gift? It’s coming down to the last days of shopping opportunities before the large man in the sled sneaks down your chimney. I asked our staff and some of our […]

Future of Whitewater Industry


More than 100 of the top instructors, club leaders, retailers, manufacturers, kayak schools, and paddlesport organizations gathered at the Glenwood Canyon Resort in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, for three days of seminars, panel discussions and on-water clinics. The key take-away from the event is that whitewater is at a potential crossroads. While whitewater paddling has experienced […]

Getting Started in a Kayak


Sea kayaking can be as gear-intensive as any other sport, but every kayaker eventually acquires similar, basic gear, and you only need a few things to get you started.

Buying a Kayak Basics


You want to buy a kayak, but you don’t know where to begin. Don’t worry – we’ll help you sort it out. From our annual Buyer’s Guide, here are the basics of buying a kayak.

Basics of Buying a Kayak Paddle


Whitewater or touring? Feathered or unfeathered? What kind of kayak paddle you choose depends on what kind of paddling you want to do.

Boating Basics: How to Buy a Canoe


Sleek competition cruising canoes. Tough, agile canoes for whitewater paddling. Extra-wide, ultra-stable sportsman canoes. Which is right for you?

Basics of Buying a Canoe Paddle


The best canoe paddle for you depends on what kind of paddling you want to do. Bent-shaft, straight-shaft, wood, fiberglass, or aluminum, Canoe and Kayak magazine will help you sort out the options

Inflatable Canoes, Kayaks and Rafts


They’re not just pool toys anymore. Inflatable kayak, canoes, and rafts take some of the fear factor out of whitewater for paddling newbies.



You can speak paddlesports like a pro with this glossary of common terms. Amidships – The area roughly in the center of the canoe lengthwise. Beam – The width of a canoe or kayak measured at the widest point. Bent-Shaft Paddle – A canoe paddle with a bend in the shaft, usually at its throat. […]

Baja Mexico Sea Kayaking Photos


If Disney designed a Kayaking World it would look an awful lot like Baja. Sparkling warm ocean waters, amazing wildlife and a myriad of islands to explore, spiced up with a little danger from ferocious wind storms.

Read an article about kayaking Baja

What Rafters Do in the Winter


What Rafters Do in the Winter – dream & plan.

Buyer's Guide

Buyer's Guide