Canoeing the Blackfoot River, Montana. Brian French.


Whether canoeing a flatwater stretch of river such as the Flathead (pictured above), kayaking steep, inaccessible canyons and creeks, or using oar-rigs for big multi-day float trips, paddling is all about access to places you couldn’t any other way than being on the water.

As with other adventure sports such as skiing and snowboarding, new innovations in technique and equipment has led to dynamic progressions in paddling over the last 10 years. Enormous rapids, 50 or even 100 + foot waterfalls: what was once considered “unrunnable” by previous generations is now paddled under control by the latest generation of expert boaters.

Paddling Articles

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28 signs you’re addicted to paddling

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Paddle Lake Superior with the Voyageur Canoe Musical Tour

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9 reasons you should try SUP boarding this summer

by Emma Thieme

New world record: Dude styles a 60 foot waterfall in an open canoe

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Michoacan “is death”

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Kayaking some of the best whitewater on Earth: Fjord Norway

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How to hit 34 mph on the water without an engine

by David Miller

Circumnavigating a tropical Australian island by kayak [pics]

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Boulder Creek floodstage paddling: Badasses weighing risk vs. reward

by David Miller

Want to see what the next level of kayaking looks like?

by David Miller

Discovering the Jurassic land of Hinchinbrook Island [vid]

by Matt Raimondo

Kayaking the Missouri River: A profile of Janet Moreland

by Alex Baumhardt

Dispatch from Murchison Falls: Guiding one of the most intense rivers in the world

by Chris Korbulic

The 10 most endangered rivers in the US

by Emily Nuchols

21 places you have to see by water

by David Miller

Paddling canoes 2,600 miles across Canada

by Peter Marshall
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