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Expert Advice: Going Big on Lake Superior

Reader Kirk Sloan seeks and finds some expert feedback on his five-day kayaking trip itinerary from his first open-water overnight sea kayak expedition this summer to Lake Superior’s Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

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Plateau Creek Race Series—Big South Fork

04.03.2013

Last Saturday, a dozen local Tennessee paddlers gathered under blue skies and warm weather to compete in one of the Cumberland Plateau’s jewel rivers, the Big South Fork. The race concluded the Plateau Creek Race Series, which was started to introduce new paddlers to the sport of creek racing in the Southeast.

The Gem of the Maine Island Trail

04.03.2013

Following 325 miles of pristine Maine coast, the Maine Island Trail, created in 1993 and passing directly through Acadia National Park near Penobscot, was the first water trail created in the U.S. For good reason. It offers paddlers a chance to explore portions of the state’s 3,478 miles of coastline and islands, with pre-established launch points and campsites in protected bays. And the crowning feature of the trail, or lobster claw, if you will, is Acadia near the sea kayak Mecca of Bar Harbor.

Ultimate Canoe and Kayak Adventures

04.03.2013

Detailing 100 of the best places to paddle in the world, Ultimate Canoe and Kayak Adventures is a stunningly illustrated compilation of canoeing and kayaking hot spots around the globe that offers something for everyone from the whitewater adrenaline junkie to the extreme sea kayaker.

Richter Remembered

04.02.2013

There are a few people in the paddling industry so dedicated to their products that it dictates their life. Workplace and home become one, business partners become friends, and personal and paddling lives blend like two rivers converging into one.

Freeze to Death

04.02.2013

Always dress for the WATER temperature when venturing out paddling this spring and summer. Lack of visible ice doesn’t mean that the water is warm.

Bringing it to (Great) Bear

04.01.2013

Last fall, Calgary-based whitewater paddler Paul Manning-Hunter, 25, a member of Canada’s national slalom team, and longtime friends Daniel Robb, 24, and Spencer Taft, 25, spent eight days sea kayaking British Columbia’s wild Central Coast—the same convoluted, mountain-rimmed channels that could soon be plied by supertankers. The three Albertans decided to steer clear of the political debate in producing a film about the expedition. The result is a powerful short that cuts to the core of sea kayak touring and captures the beauty of coastal wilderness.

Chattahoochee Journal: Updates on Rivers and Courts

04.01.2013

The Flint and Chattahoochee Rivers have collided where Georgia, Florida, and Alabama meet. Michael and I have reunited, and a major legislative action was decided on in the state house.

Gallery—Benjamin Hjort

04.01.2013

Gallery – Upper Valldal River, Norway

April Fools’ Day Paddles

04.01.2013

Aaah, April Fool’s Day. Which of us haven’t fallen prey to some paddling prank thrust upon us by our peers? That rock in the back of your kayak, glue on your cockpit combing, un-latched drain plug or even report that a certain river is running when it’s in fact bone dry.
Aaah, April Fool’s Day. Which of us haven’t fallen prey to some paddling prank thrust upon us by our peers? That rock in the back of your kayak, glue on your cockpit combing, un-latched drain plug or even report that a certain river is running when it’s in fact bone dry.

Cross Strokin’ in Costa Rica’s Endangered Rivers

03.29.2013

Last February, a group of whitewater canoeists ventured down to Costa Rica to enjoy the rivers slated off for damming and under the threat. One of them, an up and coming filmmaker Chris Loomis captured the group’s moments through his lens and created a film portraying what they showed and what the world will soon lose. Canoe & Kayak got a chance to talk with him.

Boating in Costa Rica

03.29.2013

Last February, Canoe & Kayak online editor Charli Kerns traveled down to Costa Rica where she joined Jim Coffey from Esprit and canoed some of the country’s most pristine and endangered rivers.

“I got way more out of the trip than I ever thought possible,” Kerns said. “I thought I was just going down to paddle and report, but Coffey shed light on so much regarding the culture, environment and conflicts that make Costa Rica such a dynamic and fascinating country.”

Testing Boundaries

03.28.2013

Rivers carve deep canyons and divide hostile neighbors. They cut pathways through lawless country, and beckon us to follow. It’s no wonder that river-runners have their own canon of unspoken boundaries that, from time to time, they feel compelled to cross.

Surf’s Up, Kayakers!

03.28.2013

The sun shone bright, the waves loomed large, and paddlers in bright colored fiberglass kayaks tumbled and cut across the big ocean surf in Santa Cruz, California. March 22-24 marked the 27th annual Santa Cruz Paddlefest, the most renowned paddle surfing event in the world. This year included two site locations so everyone from the […]

San Juan Islands Designated National Monument

03.27.2013

On Monday, March 25 under the Antiquities Act, President Barack Obama recently designated five new national monuments encompassing more than 240,000 acres. Of particular interest to paddlers in the legislation is the creation of the new San Juan Islands National Monument in Washington.

Rainbound

03.26.2013

40 Years of Milestones

03.26.2013

Looking back on the last 40 years, boating has come along way. Shorter boats, steeper first descents, warm gear and deaths of legends. Canoe & Kayak logged a number of them through the decades.

Timeless Paddling Destinations

03.26.2013

Paddling on the rivers of fur traders and explorers.

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