by Paul Barnard
Paddlers often wonder what equipment they are required to have. From life jackets to flares to radios, let's discuss what is both required and recommended.

This Point Of View account of the decisions made prior to an outing visibly shows the importance of why you should never paddle while impaired.

Are you familiar with the 3 basic paddling strokes? Watch the video and take the quiz to find out!

Message Board of the Week

I am looking to find ways to extend my paddling season this year and in future years.


Trip Spotlight

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You can either take a short paddle through these protected waters or head out into this relatively quiet stretch of the Connecticut River south of Hartford.

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Featured Articles

by Wayne Horodowich
Before you go out on your next paddle think about what seaworthy means as it applies to your kayak and yourself.

If Found stickers, Canoe Crossing signs, and PADDLE decals.

This Point Of View account of the decisions made prior to an outing visibly shows the importance of always dressing for immersion.

Photo of the Week

Lothar Metzner - Maroubra, Australia

Each week a winning photo will be selected from the many pictures that have been submitted by paddlers around the world!

Fishing Articles

With 20 to 30 to 40 different versions of rod holders out there, making that decision can be difficult. Here's a walkthrough of a few types of rod holders.

Some spring kayak fishing on Lake Superior (Wisconsin) leads to a giddy catch of a king salmon.

by Jerry White
I love this sport (fishing from a self-powered craft), I love the process (the prep and the recon), and I love writing about it all. But, we all can use a coach - me included.



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This Point Of View account of the decisions made prior to an outing visibly shows the importance of checking the weather forecast every time you paddle.

How many of you have ever heard that paddle craft (vessels under oars according to the Navigation Rules) always have the right of way? Is that really true?

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Paddling in strong winds requires a flexible, proactive approach and a willingness to use different turning techniques in different situations.

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Paddlers often wonder what equipment they are required to have on board. I think it is useful to first…

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Some spring kayak fishing on Lake Superior (Wisconsin) leads to a giddy catch of a king salmon.

How many of you have ever heard that paddle craft (vessels under oars according to the Navigation Rules)…