Waccamaw River Blue Trail Kick-Off

 Saturday’s kick-off paddle for the Waccamaw River Blue Trail was a big success!  The morning began with a brief press event with guest speakers Bridgette Johnson, of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce, and Larry White, a Conway City Councilmen.  Ms. Johnson spoke of the economic benefits of a healthy Waccamaw River as well as… Read more »

Waccamaw: Paddling with a Community

Last weekend, I rolled up under the Main Street Bridge in Conway, South Carolina, to see more than 40 people already unloading the kayaks and canoes and getting into the water! What a site to see so many people laughing and excited to get out on the blackwater Waccamaw River Blue Trail on a sunny… Read more »

Waccamaw River Blue Trail: Enhancing Ecotourism Along The Grand Strand

New kayak launches, directional and interpretive signs, along with picnic tables and gardens make the Waccamaw River Blue Trail a great place to recreate | © Charles Slate It’s a really exciting time for our work along the Waccamaw! In recent months we’ve partnered with a local chamber of commerce to promote ecotourism and build… Read more »

Paddle Event Celebrates One of Arizona’s Last Free-Flowing Rivers

Paddling on the Verde River | VRVNO We recently partnered with the Verde River Valley Nature Organization (VRVNO) to host a paddle event on the Verde River at Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Arizona. This annual event coincides with Verde River Day, which celebrates the Verde River and its role as an important natural,… Read more »

Ashley RiverFest Lets First-Time Visitors Test the Waters

American Rivers and a diverse group of local partners are developing a Blue Trail for the Ashley River in South Carolina. Guest blogger, Howard Bridgman, former Summerville Town Council member and founding member of the Ashley Scenic River Advisory Council, writes about our work to connect local communities to the river through recreation and finding… Read more »

American Rivers and National Park Service Launch “River Stories”

Washington, DC – American Rivers and the National Park Service have teamed up to create “River Stories,” an innovative, web-based storytelling format that aims to engage people in understanding, enjoying, and conserving their waterways. Using the National Geographic Maps groundbreaking GeoStories platform, River Stories combines maps, photos, and video to take viewers on virtual tours… 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 »

New Outdoor Nation Grant Opportunity

Outdoor Nation is starting 2012 with a new funding opportunity for those interested in in connecting young Americans with their waterways through recreational paddling. Outdoor Nation is accepting applications from individuals between the ages of 18 and 28 and non-profit organizations. Individuals and/or non-profit organizations can be awarded up to $2,500 for submissions that meet… Read more »

Plan a race on your trail

For eleven years running local paddlers in the Columbia, SC area hold a whitewater race, well actually two races, on the first non-holiday Saturday of the year. The races, the Millrace Massacre and the Ice Man are held on the Saluda River immediatly upstream of the beginning of the Congaree River Blue Trail. The races… Read more »