New Bipartisan Report Endorses Blue Trails

Several months ago we blogged about a report released by the Outdoor Resources Review Group that supports American Rivers’ vision of creating a nationwide system of blue trails. Blue trails are the water equivalent to hiking trails. They link together communities and provide families opportunities to have fun outside, not to mention invaluable services like… Read more »

Part 3: The Verde: A River Transformed

American Rivers and a diverse group of local partners are developing a Blue Trail on the Verde River in Arizona. Guest blogger, Doug Von Gausig, Mayor of Clarkdale, Arizona, introduces the Verde River and our work to preserve and connect local communities to it through recreation in a three part blog series. Verde River Blue… Read more »

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 »

Singapore’s Water Venture Program

Veer Singapore is taking on an exciting new program through their People’s Association Water-Venture, a program to provide a place for residents and communities to participate in water recreation sports, from kayaking to dragon boating, and connect with their local body of water. Recently, they announced a new program focused on educating residents about the… 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 »