Canoeing – I Love Paddling The Blog | The Place for People Who Love to Paddle Fri, 12 May 2017 20:07:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Gear Review: Aqua Bound Edge Whitewater Paddle Fri, 12 May 2017 18:57:30 +0000

Jim Gallagher, far north paddler, goes in-depth on the Aqua Bound Edge Canoe Paddle – it’s specifically designed for challenging situations, the paddle breaks down into sections for easy packing – a big plus for fly-in canoe trips. From performance in whitewater to packing for an arctic canoe trip….

Read Jim’s take >

Far North Symposium 2017 Wed, 15 Mar 2017 14:30:49 +0000

Do you dream of paddling icy arctic rivers amidst muskoxen and caribou? Ever look at a map and let your thoughts drift across the rivers of Alaska, the Northwest Territories, Manitoba, Saskatchewan…? Join a group of intrepid paddlers who have canoed the Far North at a one-day event in St. Louis Park MN. Explorers and paddlers will share their adventures, hard-won wisdom, and stories of special trips to a wilderness where travelers are few.

This year’s themes and speakers include:

North Knife River, Manitoba – Peter Vaughan, Bruce and Anders Arnevik

Horton River, NWT/Nunavut – Jim Gallagher

Seagull Lake to York Factory/Hudson Bay, MN/Ontario/Manitoba – Chelsea Froemke, Steph Branchaud, Tessa Larson

Wabakimi Prov. Park, Ontario – Andrew Vavra, Allison Carolan

Baillie/Back Rivers, Nunavut – Mike Brumbaugh

Thelon River NWT/Nunavut — Lee Sessions

Movie Labrador Passage — Peter Marshall

Plan a trip, find a group to join, or just get inspired.
Find out More >

Carly Dow: Music from the Canoe Tue, 04 Oct 2016 21:28:29 +0000 More...]]> A unique wilderness residency yields inspiration and new insights for Canadian singer songwriter Carly Dow. Her music both reveals and reflects the raw Yukon River surroundings. We asked her more about the project and a two-week paddling journey with a banjo…

Read our Interview Here >

Sawbill Canoe Outfitters stays in the family Tue, 05 Jul 2016 16:18:13 +0000 sawbillgenerations

Top left: Sawbill’s founders, Frank and Mary Alice Hansen, with children Ranna, Bill and Karl in 1957. Bottom left: Bill and Cindy Hansen. At right: Clare (Hansen) Shirley and Dan Shirley with their new baby Kit Floriselle.


One of the Boundary Waters’ historic outfitters lives on with the third generation of the Hansen family! Sawbill has been outfitting paddlers of all experience levels, helping them enjoy the canoe country wilderness of the BWCA for 60 years. Now, new parents Clare and Dan Shirley are excited to embark on the next chapter of Sawbill’s legacy and continue the tradition of personal service and family-friendly canoe trip outfitting.

Find your ‘Welcome to Wilderness’ with Sawbill Canoe Outfitters >

It’s National Park Week Fri, 15 Apr 2016 20:29:06 +0000 #findyourpark! National Park Week is April 16-24, 2016]]> Voyageurs National Park Photo courtesy

Voyageurs National Park Photo courtesy


… and that means entry to each and every National Park is totally free. Its time to get out, explore and #findyourpark!

A few highlights:
April 16–24: Visit for free! Throughout National Park Week in 2016, every national park will give you free admission!
April 16: National Junior Ranger Day
April 22: Earth Day
April 23: National Park Instameet
April 24: Park Rx Day

Find A National Park Near You >

National Park Week is the time to discover national parks and the wonders they contain. Find your park! Photo courtesy National Park Service

National Park Week is the time to discover national parks and the wonders they contain. Find your park!
Photo courtesy National Park Service

What is the American Canoe Association? Thu, 10 Mar 2016 16:08:09 +0000 acabanner

For years we’ve been digging through the ACA web site for events, classes, and paddlesports news, and we’ve never really grasped the depth of the American Canoe Association and all it does. So what is it?

The ACA was founded in 1880 and has since grown “into the nation’s largest and most active nonprofit paddlesports organization with 30,000 members and over 300 Clubs and Affiliates across the United States and abroad.” These days, the ACA produces paddlesport events, certifies instructors, facilitates stewardship, organizes world-class competitions, promotes adaptive paddling, and supports local clubs in a myriad of ways. As paddlesports grow, and the health of our waters becomes more important every day, the ACA is on the leading edge — “to work at the grassroots, regional and national levels to promote fun and responsible canoeing, kayaking, rafting and stand up paddleboarding and advocacy for recreational access and stewardship of America’s waterways.”

What can you find on their site? A ton! Here are just a few highlights and links we use frequently: is proud to be an affiliate of the ACA, families, individuals, and clubs can join for number of benefits, find out more HERE

Calling all Paddling Clubs Tue, 02 Feb 2016 20:21:51 +0000 Give your volunteer project a boost this year! Are you planning  a riverbank cleanup? Or working on new water trails? The ACA and L.L. Bean sponsors paddling clubs every year with the Club Fostered Stewardship (CFS) Grant Program. Grant requests are due Feb 12 so get your club motivated and get your applications in right away.

As paddlers, we’re often the people who do the most to protect and improve the waterways that we love, and this is a great way to do even more — Eligible projects include: cleaning up waterways, clearing in-stream safety hazards, maintaining access areas, erecting signs and controlling erosion, establishing and maintaining paddle trails, acquiring threatened access points, and providing sanitary facilities. Grant amounts range from $100-$1,000.

Find Out More >



Its Time to Plan Your Boundary Waters Trip Fri, 29 Jan 2016 15:54:18 +0000 Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Photo courtesy

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Photo courtesy


Permit reservations for the BWCAW are now open for 2016. Reserve your entry point permit early to get first choice on popular lakes and regions. Not sure where you want to paddle? We have everything you need to know to go from boundary waters newbie to in-the-know. Here are a few links to get you started:

Everything Boundary Waters

The Ultimate Boundary Waters Guide — Find Jump Off Points, Outfitters and more >

Packing for Your Canoe Trip >

The US Forest Service Official Trip Planning Guide >


About Permits:

bwcaw-sign-2015Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness permits are now first-come, first-serve. The reservation system opened on January 27 meaning paddlers who plan ahead can secure their entry point and date. (The BWCAW is managed by the Superior National Forest. The Forest Service has required travel permits in the BWCAW since 1966.)

Any group taking an overnight paddle, motor or hiking trip, or a motorized day use trip into the BWCAW from May through September, is required to obtain a quota permit. Reservations are recommended since there are a limited number of quota permits available for each entry point.

Reservations are available online at or by calling 1-877-444-6777.

Outfitters can also reserve permits on behalf of customers. Find an outfitter near your entry point using’s BWCAW Destination Guide.

Boundary Waters Entry Point Map

Boundary Waters Entry Point Map


Explore our interactive map and entry point directory to explore your options and pick a permit. There are 59 paddling entry points spread between CookEly,TofteIsabella, and Grand Marais, and 84 entry points total.



Top Gifts for Paddlers and Canoeists Tue, 24 Nov 2015 22:29:01 +0000 bloggiftguide

Check out our top picks for the paddlers on your list this year! Be the star gift-giver with our favorite presents for paddlers, from little stocking stuffers to big splurges… What should Santa bring you, a new canoe?

See the Gift Guide for Paddlers >

New Trip Log: One Portage to Quetico Fri, 02 Oct 2015 21:29:33 +0000 More >]]> triplog15_lhardin-2

“Our view while camping on Batchewaung Lake in the Quetico.” Photo courtesy

Five friends embark on their first trip to the Quetico, after an inspiring visit to Canoecopia….

“The temperature was dropping quickly, wind was whipping in from the southwest, and the sky was looking ominous. The forecast had been right—we were in for a big storm. Time to cinch down the tarp, finish cleaning our dinner dishes, hang our grub pack well out of paw range, turn over and tie down the canoes, and stow and cover the firewood. Tomorrow was a layover basecamp day, and after the last few days of packing, driving, and paddling, I was looking forward to sleeping in and having a leisurely day of fishing and camp life.

Within minutes, the storm moved up across the lake in a wall and hit us with a full frontal assault. Inside my tent, I listened to the rain pour down for a moment or two and then fell into a deep slumber. We had come north seeking wilderness adventure, solitude, and the refreshing pace of a simple, unplugged, natural life. The Quetico was providing all that and more!”

Read On >

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