Voices of Wilderness

Canoe & Kayak’s July 2014 “Wilderness Issue” celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. In our Voices of Wilderness series, accomplished paddlers and wilderness advocates speak about their connection to wild waterways, what the future holds for the places they love, and how best to protect them for future generations.

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Boundary Waters, MN


After a long day of paddling, I usually sleep like the dead, but something woke me with a start. Listening, all I heard was blood roaring through my head and a scraping on the tent wall as dried leaves skidded down its side. Finally, the sound came again. From across the water emanated a mournful […]

Isle Royale, MI


Gordon Lightfoot’s ballad “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” played in my head as I bobbed up and down in large cresting waves: The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down Of the big lake they call Gitche Gumee. The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead When the skies of November […]

Reno Celebrates Whitewater


Reno knows how to throw a party, and this one is for kayakers and those who like to watch them! The city stages the grand opening of its new $1.5 million whitewater kayak park with the inaugural Reno River Festival, May 14-16 Events include an invitational pro-kayaker rodeo, a wild boater-cross race open to all, […]

Pine Barrens, NJ


If I hadn’t already known that the run would be passable for the entirety of my 10.5-mile trip, I probably would have left my canoe on the car and driven home. At the put-in near the Atsion Ranger Station, the Mullica River looks more like a glorified drainage ditch than a free-flowing stream. But this […]

Acadia National Park, ME


The roads are uncharacteristically quiet on the way past Pretty Marsh and on down to Bartlett’s Landing. We’re on the western edge of Mount Desert Island, what locals call “the quiet side.” Just days before the July 4th weekend, the area around Acadia National Park has the feel of the eye of a hurricane, a […]

Hudson River, NY


When it comes to planning a paddling destination, it’s easy to overlook the Hudson River. Its waters flow by cities and towns with some 11 million people, hardly the stuff of adventure and getting away from it all. But the Hudson is more than metropolitan. Along this river can be found 100-foot-high waterfalls, hills rising […]

Allagash Wilderness Waterway, ME


It is early October in New England and the maples are riotous with color. To our south looms grand, solitary Mount Katahdin, at 5,267 feet the highest mountain in Maine. To our north stretches a 10-million-acre emerald-green forest all the way to Quebec. This immense piece of real estate, owned largely by timber companies and […]

Paddling in Fiji


Rule No. 1 in the quest for happiness could be: Make the Best Use of Your Vacation Time. Canoe & Kayak Managing Editor Robin Stanton did just that last fall, when she and her husband, Douglas King, took the 11-hour flight from Los Angeles to Fiji. Once there, they paddled, snorkled, and hiked the paths […]

WW Paddle Review


For years, whitewater kayaks have been getting shorter and stranger. Now, some of that same innovation is popping up in the paddles that power the playboats. This year’s crop of new paddles shows that manufacturers are branching out as they try to create the perfect stick. The difference in the blades alone is impressive. Who […]

Fabulous Fiji Whitewater


In a kayak in a river on a mountain on an island in the South Pacific is a very good place to be! It didn’t matter that we’d had two swimmers (not me!) while navigating the Snake, the trickiest rapid on the upper Navua River Gorge. The water was warm, the river was fun, and […]

Twitch 2000




Indoor River


The Outside World has moved to a new location, and has built its own simulated river for paddlers to test boats and take classes. Check it out at the Spring Paddle Expo March 12 through 14. The new store, almost twice the size of the original store, is on Quill Drive in Dawsonville, Georgia, just […]

Reversing Falls


Ken Whiting’s got a busy life. Before spending a month in Chile–and after spending days in the water while filming his latest instructional video, Playboating with Ken Whiting (www.playboat.com)–he and a group of friends drove to New Brunswick’s Bay of Fundy to paddle Reversing Falls, a natural phenomenon caused by the interaction of the bay’s […]

Kayak Workshop–Camping Gear


It’s that time of year when warmer days invite us to take longer and more adventurous paddling trips. For many of us, overnight camping is part of the journey. Camping out of a kayak, like other lightweight forms of camping, can be made easier by choosing gear and techniques that make chores quick and easy. […]

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