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Border Paddling: Big Bend and the Rio Grande’s Wilderness Canyons


By Colin McDonald Like many Western waterways, the Rio Grande sometimes seems closer to a complicated, engineered plumbing system than a river. Its sporadic (and often nonexistent) flows are the result of growing demand, changing climate and the ideals of the 21st century running head on with a river managed by 19th century laws and […]

Destination: Florida’s Suwannee River


Forget the frenzy of Miami, the spring break throngs, the crowded beaches and glitz. On the Suwannee, settle into a week or more of original Florida.

What is Bayou Paddling?


One paddler explores the lore and mystery of the bayou, seeking to find a fitting explanation of paddling’s greatest undefined body of water.

Why Paddle the Mississippi River — Part 3: The Mystery


This series of tales explores the cultural and ecological history of the Lower Mississippi River to answer the question: why don’t Americans love their river?

Why Paddle The Mississippi — Part 2: International Appeal


The River Gator crew celebrates the opening of the new Lower Mississippi River Water Trail in three parts, paddling the next section from Memphis, Tenn., to Helena, Ark., while exploring the river’s longtime lore and appeal in the minds of international travelers who visit its muddy waters.

Why Paddle the Mississippi River— Part 1: The Bluffs


The River Gator crew celebrates the openeing of the new Lower Mississippi River Water Trail in three parts, starting with the 81-mile upper section from Caruthersville, Mo., to Mud Island in Memphis, skirting the scenic Chickasaw Bluffs.



Chris Gragtmans reports from Virginia’s recent Dominion RiverRock festival, discovering Richmond’s thriving adventure sports culture first-hand after competing in four paddling events.

Rivers of Drought


“We’re in a drought that is drying wells, fueling fires, and depleting reservoirs,” says Meredith Blount Miller, Senior Program Coordinator at the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, a leading water conservation organization. “If trends continue, we could see conditions rivaling those of the 1950s ‘drought of record.’”

Rock Island Open


April 27—The World Kayak Rock Island Open kicked off last weekend with the first two of four events for the series. The event was started to showcase the natural beauty and amazing whitewater that Tennessee’s Rock Island State Park has to offer.

Ain’t Louie Fest 2013


Last March, more than 300 canoeists from around the United States, Canada and Europe collected in a hole-in-the-wall Tennessee town to boat some of the Southeast’s finest rivers for the annual Ain’t Louie Fest. This year, ALF was dealt a blow few festivals have faced in the history of whitewater: a death on the river. […]

The Tallulah Fest


April 12-14, 2013—Paddlers from all along the east coast gathered in north Georgia to enjoy Tallulah Fest. Celebrating the release of the Tallulah Gorge, this young festival has grown from the hundred paddlers at its first event four years ago to several hundred boaters and enthusiasts, demonstrating the love of the river and celebration of its release during the spring.

Black Warrior River


The Black Warrior River is listed in the 2013 Most Endangered Rivers

Catawba River


Catawba River is one of the 2013 Top Endangered Rivers

San Saba River


San Saba River on the 2013 Endangered Rivers List

Chattahoochee Journal: The Journey’s End


The rivers are flowing again. The reservoirs upstream have been topped off for the first time in a long while. Winter rains fulfilled their promise this year. But nothing is ever certain this far downstream.

Plateau Creek Race Series—Big South Fork


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.

Chattahoochee Journal: Updates on Rivers and Courts


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.

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