Kentucky Accepting Applications for Recreational trails, Land and Water Grants

FRANKFORT, KY – (December 10): Kentucky’s Department for Local Government is accepting applications for two grant programs to be awarded in 2009:  Recreational Trails Program grant applications will be accepted through February 1, 2009; and the Land and Water Conservation Fund applications will be accepted through March 1, 2009. The Recreational Trails Program, funded by… Read more »

Kayaker Finds Wildlife, Calm in Drifting Commute

Journal Gazette – (November 18, 2008): When Paul Fry-Miller passed a deer on his way to work, it had that all too common deer-in-headlights look, even though there were no headlights to be found. Then, Fry-Miller heard a loud noise. It made him jump, and he spun his head. It was just a beaver thumping its… Read more »

Kayaking Promotes Better Health

PennLive.com – (November 20): James McNulty tried kayaking for the first time at the age of 54. The current president of the Canoe Club of Greater Harrisburg was at in Gifford Pinchot State Park in York County when he signed up for the club on a whim. Soon after that maiden voyage at Gifford Pinchot State Park,… Read more »

American Rivers Releases the Blue Trails Guide

(Washington, DC) American Rivers today released the Blue Trails Guide, to help promote river recreation and conservation in local communities. Blue trails, the water equivalent to hiking trails, have the potential to stimulate local economies, encourage physical fitness, improve community pride, and make rivers and communities healthier. The Blue Trails Guide is designed to make… Read more »

Help Improve Recreation, Water Quality on the Chicago River

Friends of the Chicago River is working to change the water quality standards for the Chicago River to protect the people who enjoy it and the wildlife that call it home.Right now, you have an opportunity to help make that happen. In 2007, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency proposed improved water quality standards for the Chicago… Read more »

Northern Forest Canoe Trail 2008 Auction Opens!

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail’s online auction is running from November 5 (8 AM) to December 5 (9 PM). With more than 250 items in this year’s auction, there’s something for every bidder. All auction proceeds (your bids) go directly to support the programs and operations of the Northeast’s longest inland water trail. This year’s best-ever… Read more »

From Headwaters to Confluence

I recently had a chance to do something I have never done on a river before. I floated a river from its headwaters to it’s confluence in one trip.The Kiseralik River in western Alaska is roughly 110 miles long depending on what braids you float. It rises out of Kiseralik Lake and meets the Kuskokwim River about 30 miles south… Read more »

So Many Water Trails So Little Time

Recently I had the opportunity to learn about some of the coolest water trails in the US and Canada at the International Water Trails Conference held this year in Port Townsend, Washington. The Washington Water Trails Association (WWTA) did a great job organizing, hosting, and picking a beautiful location for the event. All kinds of… Read more »

New Water Trails Map for Charles County, MD

Southern Maryland Online: August 25, 2008The Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Charles County recently created a new water trails map and guide to lead paddlers along at least four water trail adventures in Charles County. The colorful guide, printed on waterproof and tear-proof paper, was designed primarily for those touring by kayak and canoe… Read more »

American Rivers and Partners Celebrate Congaree River Blue Trail National Recreation Trail Designation with Ceremonial Paddle

Congaree River Blue Trail guide available online at http://congareeriverbluetrail.blogspot.com/ Columbia, S.C. — American Rivers and its Congaree River Blue Trail partners hosted a celebration today marking the one year anniversary of the dedication of the Congaree River Blue Trail and its recent designation as a National Recreation Trail. The celebration consisted of a ceremonial paddle… Read more »