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CCA’er Ben Tracey Lived LARGE

Ben Tracey, an old friend and venerable Canoe Cruisers Association father, died last Saturday. Ben was a no-nonsense, practical, tactical, north-country mentor; ...who I...

Earning Her Place

Bunny Johns became a paddler mostly by accident. As a college freshman in the early 1960s, she’d lined up a summer job in her hometown...

Happy 50th, Gauley River

Perhaps fittingly for the most challenging big-water river in its region, the Gauley did not give up its first descent easily. It fought kicking...
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The High Water Mark

The fine line between floodstage and being changed forever.
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Paddles of the Past

Paddles of the Past - The History & Culture of West Virginia Whitewater, is a film produced by Eric J. Palfrey, a Whitewater guide...
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Gauley Dam Flood of 1966

In 1966, just after completion of the Summersville Dam & Reservoir, mother nature put it to the test. For the one time in it's...

Mr. Canoe Paddles On

Except for paddling, there wasn’t much that could keep Ralph Frese away from his canoe shop in northwest Chicago. This fall, while undergoing regular...

Canoe Guru

Meet the Canoe Guru! There is no one in the Chicago area who has had more of an impact on Chicago waterways and on the...

On Permanence And Lost Paddles

Naming a rapid is an act of defiance.

Wilderness Voyageurs marks 50 years

OHIOPYLE — Wilderness Voyageurs founder Lance Martin took 300 people white-water rafting in the Youghiogheny River in 1959, the company’s first year in business....