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Paddling the Mississippi River Alone

Armed with little more than an aluminum canoe, plastic paddle and budget PFD, Kev Brady of Gloucester, England, traveled to the source of the Mississippi River last year to undertake the trip of a lifetime. The 30-year-old Brit launched with little river running experience, braving snow storms, dodging shipping barges and perfecting his J-stroke over […]

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Kayak in Central America’s Secret Gem

10.07.2013

Nicaragua is the secret gem of Central America’s kayaking destinations. Paddler and contributor Jeff Kinney shares his experiences and top reasons you should make this on your paddling priority list before others find out.

What I Learned in B.C.

10.05.2013

BC is of the most beautiful and most challenging whitewater destinations in the world. Paddler and C&K contributor Eric Adsit offers advice from his kayaking experience to help others make good judgment calls without the portages.

Kayaker Races at 34 mph Down Drainage Ditch

10.04.2013

No run is too is too big for Marr to tackle—or too ridiculous. Last week, Marr and a few of his friends were in British Columbia when they decided to run a steep drainage ditch called the Lions Bay Slide.

Kayaking Detroit, Michigan

10.03.2013

With soaring unemployment and an economy Milton Friedman could only shake his head at, visiting Detroit isn’t on many people’s bucket list these days. But if you’re into non-motorized boating, you may want to give Motor City a second look.

Salton Sea, Southern California

10.03.2013

Don’t let the high salt content and a few dead Tilapia littering the briny mudflats of the Salton Sea sway your decision to paddle California’s largest lake.

Cache La Bayou, Arkansas

10.03.2013

The best thing about searching for a formerly extinct bird is that it can force you out of your comfort zone. Take Bayou DeView, for example, within the Cache River National Wildlife Refuge in east-central Arkansas.

Some Unlikely Paddling Destinations

10.03.2013

Sometimes the best paddling happens when you least expect it. On the following pages, you’ll find six other mistakenly overlooked spots to discover for yourself.

Gowanus Canal, Brooklyn N.Y.

10.03.2013

Each time he crossed the Gowanus Canal, Frank Minna, the small-time wise guy in the novel Motherless Brooklyn, quipped that it’s “the only body of water in the world that is 90 percent guns.”

Cuyahoga River, Ohio

10.03.2013

The waterway was so full of industrial waste that its surface burned no fewer than 13 times, including the devastating 1969 blaze that helped spark large-scale environmental policy initiatives. These days, it’s a great place for a paddle.

The Hanford Reach, Washington

10.03.2013

Folks at the Hanford Site spend most of their time cleaning up the mess left by the nine Cold War reactors and five plutonium enrichment plants along this scenic 51-mile stretch of the Columbia River in Southeastern Washington.

A Conversation From the Barricades

10.02.2013

C&K speaks with Scott Lee, one of more than two-dozen river runners camped near the barricaded road to the Grand Canyon put-in. Lee and his 16-person party have a valid permit to Wednesday Oct 2, but National Park Service rangers barred access to the river, citing the government shutdown.

Standoff at Lee’s Ferry

10.02.2013

As the Congress continues its stalemate and the shutdown, national parks around the country remain closed to the public, including the Grand Canyon. The tension runs high as permit holders have staged sit ins and set up refugee camps while the Park rangers bring in heavy-duty blockades.

Behind the Lens: Vitek Ludvik

10.02.2013

Czech photographer Vitek Ludvik employs DIY construction and ingenuity to create a dynamic angle.

Disappointment at the Grand Canyon

10.01.2013

The government shutdown that began today left employees at national parks across the nation temporarily furloughed, forcing the parks to shut off access. The restrictions hit hard for private, permit-holding paddlers with scheduled October launch dates in the Grand Canyon National Park. One day in, Arizona outfitters and paddlers are already feeling the economic impact.

He’s Baaaaack

10.01.2013

Aleksander Doba, 67, embarks today (Oct. 1) on his second crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in three years, a 5,200-mile expedition from Lisbon, Portugal, to Florida projected to take four months. The Polish sea kayaker’s 3,345-mile, 99-day crossing from Senegal to Brazil from late 2010 into early 2011 set a new record for the longest trans-oceanic paddling journey.

Chasing Waterfalls

09.30.2013

With support from the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, Canadian canoeist Adam Shoalts employs a “boots-on-the-ground” approach to mapping Ontario’s waterways, which had never before been properly mapped.

Back on the Water with Gordon Brown

09.27.2013

Scottish sea kayak coach Gordon Brown is back with the third installment of his series of instructional DVDs: “Sea Kayak with Gordon Brown Volume Three: Navigation, Rolling and Dealing with Emergencies.”

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