western us

Owens River Odyssey

01.11.2011

Return of a river breathes life into a different sort of novice paddling club

The Cali Burn Fest

10.15.2008

Three C&K staffers come back burnt

Mile High Sea Kayaking Paddling Yellowstone Lake

03.25.2008

The snow fell during the night, piling around the tents and covering the boats in a white shroud. I stuck my head out the door and recoiled from the cold. The thermometer read just 20 degrees. No wonder my feet were chilled.

Kayak Fishing from a Mother Ship

03.07.2008

Southern California’s best kayak fishing destinations lie far beyond paddling reach. Those places are the thick kelp beds and rocky shallows of the windswept Channel Islands, spots the most audacious power boaters avoid.

Paddling California’s Mammoth Lakes

02.01.2008

Mammoth Lakes sits in the pristine beauty of California’s Sierra Mountains. Surrounded by a backdrop of fragrant pines and majestic peaks, the lakes are some of Califorinia’s paddling gems. In the typical winter there could be over 100 inches of snow on the mountains and makes for some tough paddling,but it’s never to early to […]

California Kayak Fishing in the WinterThe off-season packs plenty of fishing action

11.08.2007

Feel that chill in the evening air? Even here in the gorgeous Golden State fall is here and what passes for Old Man Winter is on the way. Rather than pine for the days of summer gone by, savvy paddle-powered fishers are anxiously awaiting a splendid time of year. “The winter months are some of […]

Kayak Caving in the Channel Islands National Park

03.21.2007

By Chuck GrahamA Canoe & Kayak Web Exclusive3/20/07 I scanned the brittle, pock-marked walls of a dark sea cave within Santa Cruz Island, one of the Channel Islands off the west coast of California. The caves harbor pelagic cormorants and pigeon guillemots where they roost comfortably in the damp alcoves. Bird-watching in the caves is […]

Owyhee River

02.13.2007

The Owyhee River takes you on an intoxicating desert run.

Waterfalls on Colorado’s San Juan River

10.27.2006

A deluge on the San Juan River lifted a fun float into a new level.

Escalante Calling

03.18.2006

By our fifth day of meandering down the wondrous Escalante, we are out of superlatives to describe this rarely run wilderness river in southern Utah’s redrock-canyon country. We keep using the same gushy adjectives-unbelievable! mind-boggling! stunning!-as our intrepid band of six pushes south past the narrow mouth of Scorpion Gulch, a tantalizing side chasm choked […]

Reno Revival

02.27.2006

I’d been in downtown Reno for no more than 15 minutes when I saw world freestyle champion Eric Jackson shouting encouragement to his 16-year-old daughter, Emily, as she was throwing down in the whitewater park. Reno River Festival, May 12-14, 2006 So far there didn’t seem to be anything about Reno that would prompt Starbucks […]

Canoe & Kayak Destination – Oregon’s John Day River

09.19.2005

Oregon’s high-desert John Day River lives up to its wild and scenic status.

Sea Kayaking by Mother Ship – Baranof Island, Alaska

06.24.2005

Cold rainy Alaska is the perfect place to trade in your soggy tent for a comfy berth with hot showers.

Good Times on the Main Salmon

02.07.2003

An 80-mile, seven-day run down the Main Salmon River gives paddlers postcard scenery, wide-open wave trains, and a Christmas gift that keeps on giving.

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