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Can You Canoe? The Okee Dokee Bros say it all….

6 Dec

  Ok, so we know that the Okee Dokee Brothers are much-acclaimed musicians for kids, but this song is too good to be typecast. Have a listen! It’ll make your day, and then pass it along to a young paddler-to-be! CLICK HERE to play the songs >   A month-long canoe trip down the Mississippi […]

New Programs Like “Gangster Rides” Get City-dwellers into Nature

21 Sep

Ever been on a “Gangster Canoe Ride”? We haven’t either, but thanks to a creative new program by Minneapolis based Wilderness Inquiry, we all can. A pioneer press article this week featured an August canoe tour by Wilderness Inquiry on the Mississippi River. Ten city-dwellers rode in 24-foot canoes to learn about the history of […]

Book Review: Let Them Paddle: Coming of Age on the Water

6 Sep

Book Review: Let Them Paddle: Coming of Age on the Water

When I was 22 yearsold, I led a group of 5 girls to the Arctic. For six weeks we paddled the Anderson River to the Arctic Ocean. Thanks to that trip, plus years of taking 12-year-olds to the Boundary Waters of Minnesota, I’ve never doubted that it’s possible (and fun) to take kids canoeing. But […]

Stand Up Paddling more than just a fad

30 Aug

Okay, we’ll admit it. We came to paddling through canoeing–an ago-old tradition that makes us a little suspicious of new fads. Once upon a time, kayaks seemed high tech to us so when Stand Up Paddling came along? We weren’t the earliest adopters. But an article in TIME Magazine this week covered the sport’s history […]

Get Ready for the Midwest Mountaineering Outdoor Adventure Expo!

9 Apr

Get Ready for the Midwest Mountaineering Outdoor Adventure Expo!

  Midwest Mountaineering’s Outdoor Adventure Expo is practically an annual rite of passage–the surest sign of spring in the Twin Cities and, with this year’s unseasonably warm temps, an unofficial start to summer.

Nova Craft Launches Kid-Friendly Canoe

16 Feb

Nova Craft Launches Kid-Friendly Canoe

Our friends to the north sure know kids–Canadian canoe company, Nova Craft, has designed a canoe just for them.

2 Dam Days – a two day paddling marathon

26 Aug

Its time to get your marathon on in Central Missouri! In its second year, the 2 Dam Days Paddle Marathon on beautiful Lake of the Ozarks will be held Sept 24 and 25 and includes Adventure Races, Just for Fun Races and the Main Event for your serious paddler-types. Their description of the Main Event […]

Mississippi River Challenge this weekend

28 Jul

Explore the character of the mighty river as you paddle through three locks, both downtowns and serene backwaters. Enjoy live music from local sensation Romantica, great food provided by community vendors, and camping at Historic Fort Snelling through this fully supported paddling event. Hundreds of paddlers participated in 2010, and this year promises to be […]