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A River Reborn: Floating the Dolores (By Jake Myhre)

This spring, the Dolores River in Southwest Colorado finally became floatable, to the delight of Rocky Mountain river runners. And as its waters rose, so, too, did the spirits and environmental consciousness of those fortunate enough to run her and witness a waterway once again restored to its rightful place as a river. Read more.



High Water Hints for the Middle Fork (courtesy NW Rafting Co.)

Cali boaters aren’t the only ones bracing for a high water year. With the Salmon River drainage clocking in at 157 percent of average on May 1, and nearby Big Lost basin 195 percent and the Blackfootbasin a whopping 243 percent, heir cousins in Idaho are also breaking out the flip lines for one of the highest rafting seasons in year. Heading to the Middle Fork? Heed this high-water advice from the Northwest Rafting Company… Read more.



Going Dark Documents Adventure on the Salmon River

Going Dark follows a group of river guides embarking on an epic expedition from the source of the Salmon river all the way down to where it pours into the ocean, paddling the entire length in inflatable kayaks. Read more.



Return of the Kern: State Braces for Booming Paddling Season; Kern Back in Action After Two-year Hiatus

For outfitters on California’s Kern River, it’s been a two year hiatus since they’ve even been able to put rubber to water. But all that’s changed now, thanks to near-record snowfall and rain that has swelled water storage to its highest level in decades... Read more.



Doe Flows: It's the Year of the Dolores in Southwest Colorado

River runners in southwest Colorado are scurrying to take advantage of the biggest flows on the Dolores RIver in a decade... Read more.



Grand Canyon Tram Legislation Receives Lava sized Blow

Plans to build a tramway to the bottom of the Grand got major blow recently from the Navajo Nation... Read more.



Flooding Flows on the Feather: Inside the Oroville Dam (and Paddlers Chime In!)

At 770 feet, California’s Oroville Dam 70 miles north of Sacramento is the tallest dam in the United States, impounding Lake Oroville and controlling the flow of the Feather River. But now it’s under siege from Mother nature, with February storms damaging its spillway, hindering the safe release of floodwater and threatening its structural integrity. And paddlers are chiming in socially… Read more.



National Paddling Film Fest Feb. 17-18 in Frankfort

It’s time to get your cinematic paddling juices flowing again, while benefiting American Whitewater, at the 35th annual National Paddling Film Festival, to be held on Feb. 17-18, in Frankfort, KY, at the Buffalo Trace Distillery. Read more.



The First Grand Canyon Speed Run

January's speed record attempt down the Grand Canyon prompted longtime canyon guide and publisher and Paddling Life fan Tom Martin to reflect on the first speed run down the big ditch. And no, it was not the Emerald Mile... Read more.



Former ACA Executive Director Leaving Country to Escape Trump

Call it a four-year portage around a rapid. According to Karen Heller in a recent story in the Washington Post, former American Canoe Association executive director Jeff Yeager is getting out of Dodge, leaving the country with his wife Denise, to escape the reign of President Donald Trump. Read more.



Close But No Cigar: Colo Team Fails in Grand Canyon Speed Record Quest

If a rafting team from Colorado had any time to read on their recent Grand Canyon Speed Record attempt, "The Emerald Mile" and "Boys in the Boat" would have been fitting. Paddling a 48-foot custom cataraft mounted with rowing oars, the eight-person team fell five hours short of the record books, due to a punctured tube... Read more.



Snow Rafting!

Snow rafting...what will they think of next? All forward! Read more.



Coud-seeding Project To Help Paddling on Bruneau and Other South Idaho Rivers?

Researchers at the University of Colorado are going the extra mile to help Mother Nature ensure there's ample runoff in southern Idaho rivers with a new cloud-seeding project designed to turbo-charge hydropower... Read more.



Paddlesport Industry Coalition Endorses Paddlesport Retailer Show for Madison, WI, Aug 29-Sept 1

Call it a blow to Outdoor Retailer and a boon for paddlesport retailers. A coalition of leading paddlesports manufacturers recently endorsed the newly formed Paddlesports Retailer as the industry’s official tradeshow, debuting Aug. 29 – Sept. 1, 2017, in Madison, Wisconsin... Read more.



Climbing Higher, Paddling Farther: NOLS Unveils New Look, Website

With paddling, including sea kayaking, canoeing and river running, continuing to play a major part in its curriculum, award-winning outdoor leadership school NOLS is heading into the New Year with a new look and rebranding campaign, fresh off its 50th anniversary... Read more.



Down River Equip Moves Doors After 35 Years

If you’re a Front Range floater looking to get some gear from longtime retailer Down River Equipment, take note that they’re now in a new location after 35 years… Read more.



12 Days of Xmas, American Whitewater-style

Forget your partridges in pear trees and little drummers drumming. For all-star river conservation organization American Rivers, it was a year of 12 victories. Read on for the group’s successes (and take some of that Christmas money from Aunt Judy to join…) Read more.



The Ocoee Dam: From War Machine to World-Class Whitewater

When Ocoee Dam No. 3 was built to help meet energy needs during wartime, it was thought there would be little or no recreational interest in the project. Flash forward fifty years, and you get an Olympic whitewater course and a world-class tourist destination. The first in a series of paddling-related stories from TVA... Read more.



World Raft Champs Wrap-up from Dubai!

Dubai might have more sand dunes than standing waves, that didn’t stop the International Rafting Federation from staging its 2016 R4 World Rafting Championships on the man-made whitewater course at the five-year-old Wadi Adventure Center November 2-5. Read more.



OR Moves Tradeshow Dates to Early June in 2018: Will It Affect Paddlesports? Paddling Co's Big and Small Chime In

Like rains and snowmelt coming at different times each year, paddlesport manufacturers and retailers are now dealing with different timeframes for the industry’s biggest tradeshow. On Nov. 8, Outdoor Retailer and Grassroots Outdoor Alliance announced they are shifting the outdoor tradeshow season schedule, with Outdoor Retailer, starting in 2018, moving its Summer Market tradeshow to June 11-14 (Monday-Thursday) in Salt Lake City… Read more.



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