Whitewater Kayaking


Boundary Waters or Bust: Explorer Dave & Amy Freeman Paddle to Protect It; Mining Lease Denied

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota has big proponents and protectors in the form of Dave and Amy Freeman, whose recent year-long canoe trip was designed to help protect it from proposed sulfide-ore copper mining… Read more.



Confluence Outdoors Gets New CEO: Sue Rechner Steps Down

The world's biggest paddlesports company, Confluence Outdoors, has had a passing of the torch, with new CEO Richard Krause taking the reins from longtime CEO Sue Rechner... Read more.



Go Time for New Paddlesports Retailers Tradeshow

While Outdoor Retailer is mulling a move from Salt Lake City, and the paddlesports industry gun shy about the show moving its dates forward to June in 2018, Paddlesports Retailer, a new paddling industry tradeshow organized by industry veterans Darren Bush and Sutton Bacon, is quietly filling booth space for its new show in Madison, WI, Aug 29 - Sept. 1. 2017... 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.



Dam-less Des Plaines River Welcomes 60th Annual Marathon

The Des Plaines River Canoe & Kayak Marathon, founded in 1958 by Ralph Frese, is the second oldest continual canoe race in the U. S. 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.



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.



Schwag the Halls! PL's Random Schwag Sampler from 2016

What all gear did we get our hands on this year at the Paddling Life offices? Read on for schwag we put through its paces paddling, aprèsing and all places in between. 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.



Canoeist Rejoice: New Book Out: Hard Rivers: The Untold Saga of La Salle: Expedition II

In 1976, 16 teenage boys reenacted the Sieur de La Salle’s historic canoe odyssey to the Gulf of Mexico in 1681-82, living much as the 17th century voyageurs had while traveling 3,300 miles in six replica canoes built by canoe historian Ralph Frese. They completed their quest on the same day in April that La Salle declared America French, from the Appalachians to the Rockies and from the Great Lakes to the Gulf, and called it Louisiana. This August, many of those same boys, now in their late fifties, gathered near the northern edge of their portage across metro Toronto to mark the 40th anniversary of their amazing feat….and their full story is now told for the first time in Hard Rivers: The Untold Saga of La Salle: Expedition II (River Grove Books), a new book written by Craig P. Howard.. 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.



Paddlesports Vets Launch New September Paddlesports Show

My, how the currents change. With Outdoor Retailer announcing a shift in its Summer market tradeshow dates to early June by 2018, outdoor industry veterans Sutton Bacon and Darren Bush have formed a new tradeshow, Paddlesports Retailer, to service the specific needs of the paddlesports industry... Read more.



Shop Patagoina Black Friday: 100% of Sales Go to Enviro Orgs

Holy awesome reason to upgrade your paddling apparel, batman! On Black Friday, November 25, Patagonia gave 100 percent -- yes, 100 percent -- of global sales from its retail stores and Patagonia.com to support grassroots environmental organizations. And the total haul topped a whopping $10 million! Read more.



Northern Forest Canoe Trail Online Auction Open

Want sweet schwag (and to support a great paddling trail at the same time?) Win outdoor gear in the Northern Forest Canoe Trail’s 12th Annual Online Auction. The event is live now and until December 1, 2016, and is the ideal place to get paddling and camping gear in time for the holidays. Proceeds support the nonprofit’s mission to maintain and protect access to the longest inland water trail in the nation.... Read more.



Rub-a-Dub-Dub: Caption This Photo!

When Dagger founder Joe Pulliam was going through some photos recently, he stumbled upon this one of he and longtime friend Rob Lesser warming their footsies in a hotspring at the confluence of Idaho's Bruneau and Jarbridge rivers. So it got us thinking...let's run a caption contest on it! Click here to enter... 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.



New River Map Highlights Rivers, Streams in U.S.

So it looks like an Etch-a-Sketch gone schitzo. But a new map shows our country’s complex network of rivers and streams in full color lay-out... Read more.



RiverBlue Documentary Touts River Preservation While Taking Aim at Global Fashion Industry

Like those trendy designer jeans you slip into after the day's paddle and boogie down in on the late-night dance floor? A new documentary raises awareness of the toll the fashion industry takes on the world's rivers (read on to view trailer!)... Read more.



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