Fishing Guide For Beginners: Catching Your First Fish

Fishing is a great hobby to get into, no matter the time. It’s inexpensive, easy to learn, and it gives you another fantastic reason to explore the great outdoors. Assuming you eat what you catch, fish can also provide you … Continue reading

How to Plan an Overnight River Trip with Kids

We’ve completed several overnight paddling trips as a family over the last few years and are learning how to make them both safe and fun! Ensuring group safety is the priority, but the trip has to be enjoyable for the … Continue reading

Wildlife Encounters on the Water

The words “canoeing” and “wild life” seem to be in contradiction, since canoeing connotes a relaxing and peaceful paddle on a remote lake or flowing river; while the wild life indicates someone who is wild, impulsive, excitable, and a party-person. … Continue reading

Choosing a SUP: the Right Way

The season of stand up paddleboarding is upon us and there is no better time to purchase a board than right now. But what if you are new to the sport? What do you look for in a board, how … Continue reading

Prep your Kids for Canoeing; You will thank me later

One of the best ways to get your kids outside this summer is to get them into a canoe. This family activity may seem daunting at first with little ones but over the years I have found some great tips … Continue reading

River Safety: 4 Lessons from Swiftwater Rescue Training

whitewater river with many rocks and obstacles

Having spent my college years as an avid whitewater kayaker and rafter, I considered myself to be reasonably skilled in river safety and self-rescue techniques. My trip leaders were never negligent. We learned to avoid strainers or objects in the … Continue reading

Fun and Danger on Rivers

The idyllic view of a beautiful day paddling, rowing, kiting or sailing on a river fills our head with joy and excitement. Dangers lurk, however, and the wary and chary should take note.

First, the fun. Paddleboard sales show the … Continue reading

Canoe Camping: Plan, Pack and Paddle

On a sunny weekend in June several years ago, a few friends and I scouted the Manitowish and Trout Rivers of the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest in northern Wisconsin. We were in search of a water trail for … Continue reading

Safety Considerations For Stand Up Paddleboarding

With stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) booming, it was only a matter of time before a traditional surf sport started to make its way inland. Now, stand up paddleboards have made appearances in places where you’d have never expected them. From the … Continue reading

Doing the Dog Paddle: Tips For Canoeing & Kayaking With Dogs

Going out on the water with your furry friends may not be as far fetched as you might think.  Brutus loves the water, and you love Brutus. Then what better way to spend time together than by paddling with your … Continue reading