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  • The majesty of the Manistee
    With a length of 190 miles before it reaches Lake Michigan, the Manistee also offers opportunities for multi-day downriver camping excursions. The latter experience is what my wife Cyndy and I were after when we set out to spend four days on the river.  
  • Among the few who paddle past the dunes

    You would think that a national park called the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore would be a favorite destination for kayakers. Apparently not. One park employee thought that maybe someone had done the trip the year before.

  • The next generation
    Parenting, and indeed all mentoring, involves risk. I believe the risk of not taking kids paddling is far more impactful on their developing minds. PlayStation Pro? Mario Cart 8? Now that’s dangerous stuff. 
  • Lake Superior’s Slate Islands
    Most days one can easily spot the Slate Islands lying six miles off the north from Terrace Bay, Ontario, on the northern shore of Lake Superior. 
  • Life on the Mississippi
    The plan seemed so simple that first year. Six women in two canoes paddle down the Mississippi River from the headwaters at Lake Itasca in northern Minnesota. But what was originally a one-shot camping trip has become an 11-year adventure that will take at least two more years before we reach the Gulf of Mexico. 
  • Solo tripping
    Are there risks to be out there alone? Of course there are. But to live without risk deprives you of part of living. That said, to risk without management is foolhardy. Famous last words of a fool are often “Hey guys! Watch this!” Or “Hold my beer.” Or “It doesn’t look poisonous.” 
  • A river worth its salt
    I paddled a number of sections of Salt Creek, starting at what’s commonly called the “headwaters” – Busse Lake, near Elk Grove Village, Illinois. It’s a 540-acre lake with 20 miles of shoreline located in the 3,700-acre Busse Woods. There are 11 miles of biking and running trails, 30 picnic groves, launch ramps and a new boathouse built in April 2014. 
  • I paddle from the Spring Equinox to the Winter Solstice, then I let my boats lay fallow for a season. They receive a well-deserved rest, while other activities take up my time. 
  • The moral of a few Boundary Waters stories
    Eve Graves recounts what was lost and found in the Boundary Waters ACanoe Area Wilderness. 
  • Kayak-access campsites unveiled at Point Beach State Forest
    Kayakers joined state and federal officials on September 24 to celebrate the unveiling of two new water-access, kayak campsites at Point Beach State Forest, highlighting the emerging popularity of Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan State Water Trail. 
  • Paddling and pedaling the Red Cedar and Chippewa rivers and trails
    Wisconsin’s answer to Minnesota’s Root River for a premier paddle-and-pedal adventure is the Chippewa-Red Cedar River system.  
  • Wausau Whitewater hosts Midwest Freestyle Championships this weekend
    Paddlers throughout the Midwest will perform their freestyle moves this Saturday, August 16, and Sunday, August 17, during the Midwest Freestyle Championships. 
  • Wausau Whitewater to celebrate ‘40 Years of Water’ on Sept. 6
    Wausau Whitewater will celebrate the 40th anniversary of its downtown course with a “40 Years of Water” event on Saturday, September 6. 
  • Spa treatment for paddlers
    This year my birthday gift from my wife gave was a kayak trip: a tandem rental at the new and recently opened WMS Boathouse at Clark Park on the Chicago River. 
  • An icon returns
    “When they mothballed the (Bell Canoe Works) molds, people all across the country would search me out and asked if I was going to build canoes again,” Ted Bell said. “Once my noncompete expired, I decided it was time to get back into the industry.” 
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